Lordship Loop BMX and Mountain Bike Pump Track

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Address
Broadwater Farm Community Centre, Adams Road,Tottenham, N17 6HE
Directions
Lordship Recreation Grounds in Tottenham is bordered by Lordship Lane, Walpole Road, Higham Road, Adams Road and Downhills Park Road in Tottenham. If you head to the community centre above (at entrance to the park) and then just enter the park you will see it.
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The Lordship Loop mountain bike and BMX track is in Lordship Recreation Grounds in Tottenham, London. It is designed for both BMX and mountain bike frames and wheels. The pump track style makes it progressive so beginners, intermediate and advanced riders can move their skills forward as they learn to pump, manual and jump.

It is created within open areas of woodland giving an out of London feel yet within an urban setting making it accessible to London riders.

Lordship Loop

  • The Lordship Loop design consists of a single-track experience made up of rollers, berms, roller doubles and step-up jumps and is rollable by all abilities but with more challenging jumps for experienced riders.  It is know as a 'pump track' style trail that is very skills and feature intensive. It covers a looped distance of 391 metres made from re-used earth bunds from recycled earth and surfaced with aggregates to provide a fun year round riding facility.

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  • Commissioned by Haringey council the Lordship Loop construction was led by Rowan Sorrell a Welsh Downhill Mountain Biking Champion and his Back on Track team who have a wealth of experience in designing and building bike tracks.  The design has had significant input from Rowan himself as well as the different local community groups including Lordship Recs local off road cycling club The Tottenham Bike Club.
  • Photo credit Pete Bowcock, Video credit Tom Dowie.

Clubs and Groups

  • The Tottenham bike club (formerly The Trax) run a vibrant mountain bike and BMX club utilising the the Loop infrastructure and manage the maintenance of the track on behalf of the community. If you haven't ridden the track go check it out and if you have please share your experiences.

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Lordship Loop BMX and Mountain Bike Pump Track

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3.2
Grin Factor 
 
3.0  (5)
Trail Variety 
 
2.6  (5)
Skills Development 
 
4.1  (4)
Trail Quality  
 
3.6  (5)
Facilities 
 
2.2  (5)
Nobody rides it
Overall rating 
 
1.6
Grin Factor 
 
0.5
Trail Variety 
 
0.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
0.5

I generally visit the park 5/6 days a week and rarely if ever see anybody using it ... what a fantastic achievement.

Guess you will delete this review too, hard to face the truth?

User Review

Good Points
A white elephant
Bad Points
Huge waste of public money
Would you recommend?
No
MR
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Fun pump track
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
2.0

Lordship loop is a really fun, fairly long pump track. It is good to see how far you can make it round without touching the peddles which is quite tricky on this track. It also has a small skate park next to it which is quite fun. Definitely worth the visit, i will be going back soon!

User Review

Good Points
Good to practice pumping and jumping
Bad Points
In a bit of a dodgy area...
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Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
4.5

Excellent start, Can be used in Lots of different ways (pumping, jumping, manual etc)
After the start...it gets horrible..
the pumps broaden out too much and you HAVE to pedal...
This ruins the point of the track
on the return run you find yourself hopelessly out of breath to early..and are unable to ride the last good pumps to your full potential.
Skatepark right next to the track (very nice for biking)
If you want a fun way of losing weight or keeping healthy..come here

I constantly feel on edge here...it isn't the friendliest of areas....being next to an estate
Been close to being mugged afew times..

User Review

Good Points
Fun
Suits all styles of riding
Jump able
Skatepark Next to it
social meeting place

Bad Points
Dodgy area
Pumps too Spaced out
Out of breath too soon

Would you recommend?
Yes
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Addictive
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
2.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
2.0

Urban pump tracks are starting to spring up more and more. Unfortunately, some sre designed and built by non bikers and simply don't work so well. The Loop however, has gone from inception to completion with a wealth of enthusiasts and professionals bringing her to life. I've ridden the Loop 100+ times and I'm still learning.

The starting ramp is high enough to pick up good speed across the first section. This includes a speed jump and three doubles then hitting a berm. From here you can cut across to return to the start. I have often focused on this starting section to work on manualing across the doubles.

Beyond the berm, there are another couple of doubles leading into a long back straight with a triple at the end. Not sure what the idea was behind this, but for me it's missing something. Perhaps it's there to pick up speed again for those without the expertise to gain momentum through pumping.

The third section has some nice small doubles and triples, which I find are very manageable, and if you have enough speed, you can focus on manualling and jumping. These lead into the large 180 berm. I fond this berm difficult from the beginning, but I've seen some riders ripping it, and I'm beginning to master it now as well. Again, about 20m out you can cut across to practice it. Also, the top of the berm extends into a flat area that you can use as a mid way starting or rest point.

The fourth section leading away from the berm has some fairly large rollers with a high table top. Due to its height (probably the largest after the starting ramp), it takes a lot of practice. From early rides, less experienced riders will struggle to get up it without pedalling.

Fifth section is what I call the recovery section. Similar to the long back straight, it lacks any significant features - some undulating ground and a flat corner leading into..

.. the last section - a double just before a series of three tight berms. These are great .. if you get them right. If you get the right lines you can carry loads of speed and flow through. coming out of the last of these takes you to a short straight next to the startig ramp.

The track is suitable for both BMXs and MTBs (and the other styles inbetween) and I have found it hugely beneficial to ride the track on both.

Track records: sub minute is good. Best official time within the club is 52 seconds.

Track condition - there areas of the track that need some work. Although we (the Trax) have been maintaining it through most of 2012, we ran out of the limestone needed to patch and resurface it. As of the time of this review, we are awaiting a delivery of more and have maintenance sessions in the plan for winter.

Setting - thanks to the wildlife area that surrounds the Loop, it's a much more pleasing setting than some others. OK, you do have the back drop of the estate, but there are no major roads near by, and the surrounding trees move you away from the urban setting to which you arrived.

User Review

Good Points
Variety, progressiveness, can be used by all (I've seen 4 year olds on it), but still be challenging to experienced riders.
Bad Points
Facilities are limited, although there is a great community cafe in the adjacent park.
A couple of sections are somewhat bland.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Build it and they will come
(Updated: January 30, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.0

She is built as a progressive pump track. First you learn to pump around the track, then you learn to manual and finally to jump. This is why she is full of rollers and doubles rather than tabletops which allow for less progression of the core skills here in pumping.

The first jump is a toughie to clear and requires all your skill as you dont have much of a run in and you need to use the first roller to pump up and get the height or else as a safety bumo she slows you down. The first quarter of the track flows nicely with jump after jump and then you hit a flat section with a triple that slows you. The return is slightly harder than way out but good for pratising manuals.

The half way point gives a well earned rest.

Overall great for pump and building skills and fitness as you session over and over again. The design challenge building on the flat will mean she is designed purposefully to be hard to master so there are hours of learnings to be covered offering an addictive and progressive training track.

She is built in a flat woodland Spinney adding to her character. As implied this track pushes you physically even though short. She is hard work but she gives back what you put in. Tottenham and North London are going to have super fit kids and I sense some world class riders.

User Review

Good Points
Progressive skills
Great for manualing
Great workout
Local in London
Bad Points
Hard work
Limited facilities
Would you recommend?
Yes
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