- skills park ideas / pics wanted
just getting funding for the development of a new skills park at the site we manage in the Highlnads. we have a 5000m2 area available and i would really appreciate any pics of skills areas near you to check out other options / challenges.
also any ideas of whats good and whats not would be cool.
the park will be intentded for all ability of riders and will also be used for runing TCL courses
pics and opinions can be sent to me at:
thanks for the help in advance…Posted 9 years agoMr AgreeableSubscriber
Genius suggestions by Stoner there! 🙂
Drop-offs of various heights.
Low level North Shore.
Big slabs of rock that link together into a trail.
A pump track.
and as a facetious suggestion – a burger van at the btoom of a really steep climb. Riding after a heavy meal without being sick is an essential life skill.Posted 9 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
no north shore, its got its place, but i fail to see the apeal of riding on a 4″ wide wet plank when theres perfectly good dry dirt just below?
big fast berms, getti progressively smaller/tighter down the hill, so the first few you are just rolling through, the last few should require a big heavve on thebars to get th bike into the next corner and allow a lot of pump.
tabletops, and make them progressive, building up to anything upto 6ft tal takeoffs and log landing ramps.
Drop-offs, again some progresivity, start with next to no drop and a long downslope (so faster riders get some air) and move upto a few feet. Then some step downs which require you to lok for the landig a bit more.
Step-ups, lots of fun, very very hard to mess up on as if you come up short your already going fairly slow.
steep roll ins, geting steeper and slippier, teach newbies not to rely on the brakes and get their weight back.
Black bits;Posted 9 years ago
jerms, contrajerms and hip jumps, Phill Saxtena (sp? the 4x track builder) coined the frst two of those. Basicly various combinations of berms/jumps/takeoffs/lanings that force you into shifting the bike arround mid air rather than being a passenger.TreksterSubscriber
why not just copy the GT one?
The one at Mabie seems to be causing a number of serious injuries!!!!!!!
You will also need a big flat area to do the basic skills
eg SC/BC Go-Ride and Cycling Scotland stuff(google cyc scot/education)
Are you FE? There is a dirty great manual available apparently with guidelines and risk assessment info. Available from Andy Hopkin in Dumfries
Just remember that whatever you do there needs to be progression
something a lot of designers builders seem to overlook.
They get carried away with making things bigger and better(a challenge)than other sites.
Base it on whoever you see as your “clients/customer base)Posted 9 years agoBurtsMember
This is the Inter-River skills park in North Vancouver, which I think Jay Hoots designed:
All the North Shore is graded green to black. Far right of the picture on the bank are 3 drop-offs, again green to black (1ft > 4ft). Behind the North Shore are the dirt jumps, again easy to big. What you can’t see is that behind the camera is a full size BMX track.
A few miles away in Burnaby is another Hoots-designed course.
That’s got a dirt pumptrack and a wooden one!Posted 9 years ago
Pieface….we have a fleet of bikes which we use to run skills courses for groups of all abilities and challenges in and around the Highlands. We work closely with active schools and with pupil support to provide opportunities to disadvantaged groups to get outdoors. You may have not ever been to the Highlands but we are 9 miles from our nearest (and only) city and work with many groups from there. I understand your sentiments but we are ‘doing our bit’ so to speak – (we have a group of children ((expected lifespan 35yrs!)) visiting us from chernobyl in june to do mtbing, this is their 7th visit) I hope you ride a recycled 10yr old mtb?Posted 9 years ago
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