Aston Hill Bike Park is located on the Chiltern Hills ( Bucks/ Herts border). There are five graded Downhill runs, a 4X track, a challenging 5 mile cross-country loop and a soon to launch pump track.
It has recently had some significant developments with the new Surface To Air Track and plans are also underway for the top of park to incorporate a new path to the DH trail start, a pump track (opens on the 26th October), new top for S2A/Black/Root/XC and a total reconfiguration of fencing and signs to make everything even more accessible.
You can get maybe 8 - 12 runs in on a day of downhilling. There is an approximate 20 minute walk up each time.
- This is the fastest of the five runs with bigger, sweeping turns interspersed with rooty sections. The top section is a gentle slope through the woods with a few small table-tops, before some big bermed turns into the steeper section of the course. While not as sheer as the Black Run, it still has plenty of challenge with fast off-camber sections and rooty drops, before a set of tighter switchbacks at the end. A great run to start your downhill riding at Aston Hill.
The Red DH
- The Red downhill is not as steep as the other tracks but it has some off-camber rooty sections, technical switchbacks and a boardwalk section at the end. It also doubles as the downhill for the XC loop. This run is used by riders getting used to the steeper, tighter riding of Aston Hill and is a great trail to build skills in an environment where you can ride safely and as fast as your confidence allows.
The Black DH
- The Black is the oldest of the trails, the favourite of many and the steepest. A more ‘natural’ and old-school trail, you’ll encounter bermed switchbacks, a rock garden, roots, drops and steep off-camber sections as you descend it. NB Rob Warner helped to design it.
- A new rock garden has recently been built named Narnia (see photo's).
Surface To Air (S2A)
- Surface to Air is the latest new course. It is the the first all-weather track on the Hill. It is steep, fast and focussed on getting air. It is suitable for riders aspiring to an elite level of technical ability and incorporates everything from full on downhill riding to optional big-air jumps.
- This is the race course used for the 2009 Southern Downhill Championships. From the start you hit one of the biggest features, a table top landing down onto the fire road. Getting progressively steeper as it goes down, the track goes on into a series of jumps, loose turns and finally ends up at the infamous J turn before dropping into the finish.
- The 4X course the track features table tops, rollable doubles, the infamous road jump, and 35ft end jump. All the jumps are safe to roll.
The Cross Country
- The cross-country (XC) loop is around 5-6 miles and is in two parts. It is rooty singletrack with some steep climbs so not really do able on a downhill bike unless you are prepared to walk a bit. The end section is the red downhill run so it gets tight and steep with some great corners. Halfway down the Red Run you are offered two choices – to continue with the Red Run, through the bus stop and into the switchbacks before either dropping onto the fire road or rolling along the boardwalk, or to take the climb that leads into the new section, swooping back through some carving turns to join the boardwalk at the bottom of the hill.
- Work has started to mark out a new section of descent on the XC red to be ready by September (for clarity the XC red is still fully open as this is a new section).
The Pump Track
- Opening October 26th and built by Track Lines the Aston hill pump track features rollers and berms for pump, manualing and jumps.
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- Big thanks to the crew at Aston Hill for allowing us to pilfer some of their best shots.