Tidworth Freeride Bike Park, England

Tidworth Freeride Bike Park, England

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Tidworth Freeride Bike Park is a B1KE affiliated Downhill and Freeride park in Wiltshire in Salisbury. It has a good selection of progressive tracks (with jumps, drops, berms and step downs), a Dirt Trail Arena, with small tabletops to large doubles and a full-on set of dirt trails. The tracks are split into two styles Downhill and Freeride each with a series of 1 (Small Features) 2 (Medium Features) and 3 (Large Features) Lozenge Trails.

NB Tidworth closes generally for maintenance in the winter (re-opening early March) so check their Facebook page before setting off. 

The community is strong, building and development endless and there is a strong club structure affiliated to B1KE. The tracks are focused on developing skills for racing and freeride. You need to be a member to ride (day memberships are available, see below).

Downhill

SICK NOTE 1 LOZENGE

  • Sick Note is the easiest of the DH trails initially contouring across the top of the hill and then picking up the pace as it begins to descend. Offering a number of rollable challenges which include rollers small table tops and a couple of steps no higher than a foot. The trail provides a variety of berms and flat corners which allow riders to develop their cornering skills. It is a good introduction to gravity cycling.

 RIVER FLOW 2 LOZENGE

  • River flow is first right off the roll in and straight down the hill, one of the more natural trails it requires the rider to work harder to find their flow. There are series of slightly larger drops which are not quite rollable linking some tight corners which do require a higher level of ability to overcome. River flow is a close proximity trail winding through the sycamore saplings, which then open out on to beaver dam and fast final straight.

DERK DUNCLE 2 LOZENGE

  • Rolling in from the same point as Hooper Struve, Derk Duncle starts with a pedal into some tighter corners and close proximity to the pine trees which drop riders into the gulley before leading into a series of drops which pick up speed quickly. Contouring across the hill through a series of off camber options and roots, the trail then steps down on to a fast 25foot rolling double and a sprint through to the finishing area.

 HOOPER STRUVE 3 LOZENGE

  • Hooper Struve is the main race line offering a number of technical challenges including flat corners rock gardens drops and doubles, this trail does require a higher level of ability to safely negotiate to the end of the line. Home of the Hooper Hooner this trail is most representative of what is expected of downhill and offers a number of option lines as you descend down through Mini Morzine and off the coffin drop. Derk Duncle was introduced in 2016 as a split off from Hooper Struve and in 2017 it gained a top section to really bring the track to life

99 BEECHES

  • This is a new track for 2017 and will be used for the second round of the Root 1 race series. This is a great bridge between Sick Note and River flow

Freeride

GENERAL BERMINATOR 1 LOZENGE

  • The introductory freeride line on the hill offers a trail of three parts a set of varied berms and switchbacks leading into Starwars part of the original General line, one of the first trails on the hill. This leads down to the iconic series of 12 switchback berms which offer the perfect training ground for mastering riders cornering ability and maintenance of speed through to the final section of rollers table tops and rolling doubles perfect for honing jumping skills. A fast fun trail that can be sessioned from various points on the hill.

OBLIVION 2 LOZENGE

  • As the name would suggest, a roller coaster of a ride. The trail is rollable but has some big features on it which do require a higher level of skill to overcome. It starts with a series of berms linked with step downs followed by a big step down into an equally big step up. The mid part of the trail then rattles down through the trees into a drop which links into the final section with some big jumps starting with a dual hip jump providing the option for riders to increase the air time they are getting before hitting a larger double and fast on through to the end. Much fun to be had!

WHITE LINE 3 LOZENGE

  • Home of the ‘Berm gap’ jump the signature feature on the hill, White line is one of the original favourites. It is a series of jumps that descends pretty much straight down the hill. Starting with a fairly innocuous step up riders are straight into a couple of doubles that cannot be rolled. Which then leads into a set of progressively larger step downs. Riders need to be capable of jumping and managing themselves in the air to be able to safely ride this trail.

HUMPS AND BUMPS

  • Humps and Bumps: A jump progression area made up of a series of table tops, berms and doubles perfect for a warm up or a session at the end of the day. The area is found at the bottom of the hill close to the carpark and is great for honing jumping skills. This area is also fantastic for the younger rider to gain confidence riding up and down the table tops getting to grips with standing on their pedals and the exhilaration of quick acceleration as they descend the down slopes.

Membership

  • Tidworth Freeride is a B1KE managed site you need to be a Free-to-Ride, Pay-to-Ride or Full Member of the B1KEPARK Network to ride. Details here.

Other Stuff

  • Tidworth Freeride is always on the lookout for new volunteers to take the track development forward. The dig days are held quite often.
  • Tidworth Freeride began in 2006 and was relaunched in June 2013. The club is a non-profit making club formed to enable local riders to be able to ride in the Tidworth Woodlands area with the permission of the Ministry of Defence (MOD).  
  • They generally shut Mondays so check their Facebook page or website before setting off.

Directions

  • Ashdown Copse, SP9 7TE, South Tidworth, Wiltshire, United Kingdom.
  • FROM THE NORTH Drive through Tidworth on the A338 and Tidworth Freeride will be on your left.
  • FROM THE SOUTH Leave the A303 signposted Shipton Bellinger/Tidworth A338 drive through Shipton Bellinger and the Tidworth Freeride is on your right after you cross the tank crossing.
  • Please take care when turning into and out of the car park. The A338 is a very busy and fast road.

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4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0  (2)
Trail Variety 
 
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(Updated: August 04, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.0

Gem of a place

I came here on a day trip with a week off. It was mid week and not the best weather so there were only a few folk in the car park. All the riders I spoke to where really friendly and helpful so there is clearly a good community vibe going on.

The runs are as described in the listing above. There is a good number of one orange dot's to work up your confidence and then a good choice of 2 dots (Didn't do (couldn't do) the 3 dots but looked ace). The tracks are well maintained and the push up a good workout but not too steep so do-able. I did ten runs in 2 hours and had more than my fill and called it a day. I left though with tons more to come back and do still.

Had a couple of off's. It had rained the day before and not completely dried out. The chalk base makes it slippy especially on the berms. If it had been raining on the day I would personally avoid.

Limited facilities (just a car park) so come prepared.

All in all would definitely will be back especially as it is near my mother in laws so I may even be a better family citizen now and visit more.

NB small note. You need to be a member (you can be a free member and pay on the day £7). I'd lost my free membership card but it is fine just to show the associated email. So if you don't have your card don't let that put you off a trip but make sure you have gone online and signed up for membership in advance.

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Good Points
- Great choice of runs down
- Progressive
- Friendly
- Well maintained
Bad Points
- Chalk based so slippy if it has been raining.
- no toilets
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Good Points
Wide variety of trails to test yourself and learn new skills
Bad Points
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