Aston Hill Bike Park is located in the Chiltern Hills ( Bucks/ Herts border). There are five graded Downhill runs, a 4X track, a challenging 5-mile cross-country loop and a pump track.
In 2014 it had some significant developments with the new Surface To Air Track, a pump track 1.3em;">,new access In Jan 2015 they built a new DH trail section. This is an intermediate level trail and a hand built alternative to the end of ricochet, to create a high-speed section with some wood backed berms and drops but plenty of roots left in.
You can get maybe 8 - 12 runs in on a day of downhill riding. 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.
Surface To Air (S2A)
- Surface to Air is the latest new course. It is 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 doable 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.
The Pump Track
- Built by Track Lines the Aston hill pump track features rollers and berms for pump, manuals and jumps.
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