Chicksands Bike Park, England

Chicksands Bike Park, England

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Chicksands Bike Park is situated in the Forest of Rowney Warren, in Bedfordshire. It has 4X, Dual Slalom, Dirt Jumps, a Pump Track and XC (latter no longer maintained).

Lots of exciting new developments were launched on the 16th February 2014: a mini BMX track, another pump track, a skills area, flow line extension, progressive step down, trick step up, a beginner progressive jump area, a beginner progressive drop area, extensions on the current Dirt Jumps, changes to the 4X, the Dual Slalom and a new short XC loop as well as new signage for the park.

Chicksands ethos is based on progressive skill development. 

The Bike Park

  • This has a dual slalom, a 4X, pump tracks, 3 lines of progressive dirt jumps, a BMX track, a skills area and numerous short downhill runs for all abilities. The shore that used to be around has pretty much all but been dismantled.

Dual Slalom

  • The Dual Slalom is the most fun you can have riding against your mates. It starts off with a starting ramp to a run into a kicker on flat before you start descending round a sweeping corner to a large berm followed by series of three of four tabletops. 

Four Cross (4X)

  • The four cross allows you to race four riders side by side. Again starting on a starting ramp (although this one is much higher than the Dual) it kicks off with doubles followed by a series of tabletops, round a large corner to more doubles, triples, step ups and berms. 

Pump Track(s)

  • A more recent addition around the other side of the bike park, the pump tracks are small but will quickly wear you out as you try to complete multiple circuits of continuous rollers and berms without pedalling using nothing more than you pumping your bike to drive momentum.

BMX Track

  • New to the bike park launched also in Feb 2014 is a BMX track.

Skills Area

  • Also new to the bike park in February 2014 is a new progressive skills area. 

Dirt Jumps 

  • There are three lines of progressive dirt jumps where you will see some amazing kills taking place as the dirt jump community at Chicksands is well established.

Downhill Runs

  • These are short as there is not much height but there is something for every level with kickers, doubles, medium sized drops, big drops, large gaps, steep descents and more. Recently progressive drops have been introduced.

The Cross Country (XC)

  • The XC starts earlier down the road (look out for the Rowney Warren signs) and has two runs (one red and one blue) which are singletrack with multiple short ups and downs. It's poorly waymarked and maintained and although in the same area it is not part of the Bike Park. It is easy to get lost so best take a friend who knows it. They are also a bit beaten up. They are short and you meet the bike park about half way round. NB these are not part of the bike park responsibility, they are seperate. 

Other info

  • Day tickets cost £5 for any age (look out for guy walking around i.e. there isn't like a formal entrance post) and Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Car park is paid for separately.
  • Annual membership is: Senior (16 years old or over) - £60, Junior (15 years old or under) - £40 and Family (maximum 2 senior and 3 junior) - £120
  • The trails are pretty much all weather so rides well all year.
  • There is a sweet van kiosk with Thai food there on weekends and bank holidays
  • They hold an annual winter 4x for all age groups if you are looking to kicking off your racing career or just fancy a race.
  • In 2014 they won the 3rd place in the Trail of the Year awards in England.

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Skills Development
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4.6
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.0

Brilliant fun for an absolute beginner.

Can appear quite intimidating to a complete beginner (like we were) but there is plenty of variety to get you started. The staff on the 'gate' are very friendly and recommended a number of tracks that would be suitable for our complete lack of skill and experience. After a couple of hours we were able to confidently go round the BMX track and pumps.
Great fun.

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Good Points
Variety of different tracks to suit all abilities. Don't be put off by all the expensive bikes and gear though as you can have just as much fun with basic equipment.
Everybody is really friendly and happy to answer questions on technique, offer advice or simply have a chat.
Bad Points
Haven't discovered any yet.
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0

1st timer

Had a brilliant time hits some of the big stuff

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Good Points
Big jumps.. good in the wet... small jumps for the beginners.
Bad Points
Not close enough
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Overall rating 
 
4.3
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5

A great day out!

Perfect summer day trip venue!

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Good Points
I love Chicky! It's not far and there's plenty to do for a day trip.

There's 2 group trails, the dual and x4 which are ideal for racing your mates plus several technical trails which have drops or gaps (some have chicken lines) so anyone can have a go without coming off. If they do, and I have, everyone is friendly and rushes over to see how you are. It's ideal for progressing wether you just want to clear a double or get better at drops and a 2 min push and you're back at the top. There's also some dirt jumps and training tables to hone your skills.

If you think you need a bit of training, Tom Dowie is often on site so ask him for some coaching and you'll soon be clearing those gaps you only looked at before ;)

DO NOT forget to visit Bubee's Thai van which is there Sat & Sun, this honestly is 50% of my reason for going!

All this for only a fiver, it's a no brainer.
Bad Points
Some bins maybe?
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Yes
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5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
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4.5

Friendly and helpful staff. Big variety of trails, dirt jumps and an amazing dual slalom / 4 Cross Track. Always keeping everything looking crispy.

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Overall rating 
 
4.0
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5.0
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3.5
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3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
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3.0

Rad times at chicksands.

Go ride and go have fun.

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Good Points
Well looked after tracks and you have the ability to really stick it to your mates and see who is quickest, either on the 4X track or go head to head on the dual track.

Awesome pump track and skills stuff to so you can work on some stuff if you're not so confident.
Bad Points
Can entice large amounts of radness to appear and they also have squirrels that steal sandwiches. Seriously. Watch out for them.
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Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.0

Chicksands Bike Park

Great place

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Good Points
Excellent park great bunch of friendly people people there. Plenty of room and variety for all to have fun and test there skills. Great riding in all weather and all year round.
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Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
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4.5
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4.5
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4.0

Chicky's is bangin!!

I've been going to these trails for about 8 years and they have always been on top form.

And currently they are in the best condition they have ever been, with big groups of riders joining in on dig days to bring in new features and jumps.

The place will only get better, so long as we keep riding, respecting and handing over the all important fiver to ride for the day.

User Review

Good Points
This place is like a Skatepark for bikes. It's got a ton of riding all condensed into a small area. Which makes switching and swapping trails very very easy.
The descent may be short and over quickly but the positive from that is that it's about a 2min push up and you can smash dozens of runs in a single day!

The guys that run the park put huge amounts of effort into the upkeep. More often than not you'll head down on a friday evening and somebody will be there prepping the trails for the busy weekend.

A great variety of features from small dirt jumps to big drops and step ups. 4X track is an awesome place for learners and skilled riders alike.

And Bubee the thai catering guy is there alot of the time, always on hand to cook you up some grub!
Bad Points
Can't think that there is any. All round good place.
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Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0

Puts a smile on your face

Can't wait to head back

User Review

Good Points
Good variety of trials from beginner to advanced level
Good parking with the local attendant close by at the gate

Had a marvelous time last week, and also met friendly bikers too
Bad Points
Maybe more bins around the trails
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Awesome bike park

Keep up your hard work guys it is appreciated by alot of riders

User Review

Good Points
This place well what can i not say about it i came into riding knowing nothing apart from how to actually ride. The atmosphere here is amazing with so great riders that go there is all sorts too do from beginner too expert fun day all round and if your having problems why not give tom dowie a call for some one 2 one training to get your skills up abit more. Food awesome there some of the best noodles around may i add :) like i said i had no idea how to ride had some lessons of tom at chicksands and ride there when i can all my riding started there and hopefully start racing next year all through the help of the guys here a chicksands and there hard building tracks not a bike park to be missed out on. PERIOD
Bad Points
No bad only good and love :)
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5

Great park and really good to take beginners to!

Overall a great park that's fun for all. If you've never it's well worth checking out!

User Review

Good Points
Lots of progression potential there from beginner to advanced riding. I've started taking my girlfriend there recently and she gets on fine. I see many children too. Myself and friends still ride there pretty regularly and i'd class is as advanced riders, so they must be doing something right!
Bad Points
It's difficult to be able to dig there are there are strict rules in place.
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