I recently rode Sherwood Pines Forest Park and was pleasantly suprised to find a pretty decent jump zone with good progressive lines for all abilities. Anyhows this "dirt jump" area has now been doubled in size by the Forestry Commission to cope with demand from mountain bikers. There truly is a MTB god you see! :)
The six hectare site, near Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, has become a magnet for cycle fans who want to defy gravity and hone their jumping skills in what is the largest such attraction anywhere in the East Midlands.
The feature was originally conceived on a smaller scale three years ago to deter youngsters from building informal earthen jumps, which posed a potential threat to conservation and archaeological sites and other forest users in the 1,200 hectare (3,000 acre) beauty spot.
But rather than trying to outlaw such “wild jumps” the Forestry Commission worked with local bikers to create a new propose built area.
Now this has been expanded and the complex revamped by world class mountain biker, Rowan Sorrel, part of a trail design team called Back on Tracks. Over 300 tonnes of top soil has been used to create a progressively more challenging series of jumps, with ramps ranging from one to three metres high.
Chris Bray, Forestry Commission Recreation Manager, said:
“The project has cost about £10,0000, but this is money well spent. The dirt jumping area has been a massive success and as well as providing a stunning experience for riders it has also brought lots of social benefits, giving youngsters a focus for their energies. We hope to run workshops on dirt jump building and maintenance as well as skills sessions, all designed to help riders embrace the facility and claim a stake in its future."
For further information on bike trails and facilities in Sherwood Pines go to www.forestry.gov.uk/EastMidlands