Redbridge Cycling (Mountain Bike & Road) Centre

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Redbridge Cycling Centre, Forest Road, Hainault, Essex, IG6 3HP
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Bus no. 247 and stop on Romford Road for RCC. Bus no. 247 and stop on Romford Road for RCC. Nearest tube - Fairlop
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Redbridge Cycling Centre (Hog Hill) is in Hainault in Essex, London and caters for families and beginners getting into mountain biking. It is a purpose built short mountain bike centre and also has a excellent road road circuit too. 

It has been built to host national and international events, be used as a training centre and providing a facility for local residents. The mountain bike track is about 3.25 km in total and consists of a short flowing singletrack cross country circuit a neat descent section as well as a pump track section.

The Cross Country

  • The XC section starts of with nice undulating dips and corners that build up speed. It has some neat berms and steady singletrack. It is quite flowing and I could imagine that for training and for racing you could see yourself improving time after time. The end of the XC leads nicely into the start of the descent section on one side or the start of the pump track on the other. This allows you to neatly session one or the other as you wish.

The Descent

  • The descent section is a lot of fun. It starts smooth with a reasonably sized berms setting the tone well. Soon though it moves into some quite surprisingly large berms that have quite a steep incline and help build speed. This then moves into section of rollable tabletops and dips all good for developing smooth movement, air and momentum as you are still carrying quite some speed at this point. The way back to the top is by a twisty turny route that is rideable or as I often observed walked. As mentioned here you can redo the descent or move onto the pump track. 

The Pump Track

  • The pump track is really what brings this place alive. It really flows well and as the sign says it is built to help you develop your rhythm and flow. It lets you build up speed and confidence at your own pace whilst allowing you to push your boundaries. It is  full of dips, jumps and doubles which are all rollable. Unlike most pump tracks it is not on steady flat terrain but on a decline which is good for speed, fun and thrills and not so good as you have a climb on the way up and back. Still it offers you something each session.

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Clubs and Groups 

  • The centre runs a number of club activities. Check out the website above. 

History

  • The project managed by the CTC's Ian Warby and opened by our major Boris on the 19th of August 2008. 
  • Redbridge was the first London Borough to benefit from the 2012 Olympic legacy that made this ambitious project possible.  £4.5 million was been spent via the London Development agency to produce a state of the art cycling centre (covering road trials as well at mtb).

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Hog Hill urban living and mountain biking start to meet
(Updated: December 26, 2012)
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So the first thing that strikes you is that we are talking about an URBAN mountain bike centre in London! It's in Redbridge and so is accessible to East and North Londoners alike (which includes me luckily:).

I keep saying this but examples like this keep reminding me that although there is a way to go there is still to date not a better time to be a cyclist in London and things are looking better and better all the time.

I left with a few impressions. Firstly Hog Hill is a great place to train and an amazing place to introduce kids and teens to the never ending thrills of mountain biking. It's 100% gravel make up means like on rainy days like today you don't need to contend with predominantly clay muddy mayhem terrain that is London's biking blight but you have an all year all weather mtb centre to ride.

This is a greenfield site and it is ambitious, new and deserves praise. I believe it has a few areas for improvement. One the gravel make up and the greenfield nature makes it a bit bland in look and feel to a mtber used to woods, roots, trees and mud. Some tree and bush planting would not go amiss to add some mtb character. Also the trails lack technical elements like roots and drops. This is core for real mtb skill development and I see opportunities to build small two route options here in certain sections. Specifically on the cross country section. I also think in time more routes or route options on the descent are needed to give riders variety as well as give them new boundary pushing challenges.

So if you are a mtb'er and ride locally and fancy a good bit bit of fun at the end of an Epping or hanault ride do pop over and kills a couple of hours honing your skills and having some great fun.

If you are new to the sport and finding your pedals or want to take or point your kids towards a controlled environment to build up skills, enthusiasm and confidence then this place is great and where I see it really succeeding particularly with schools and the local community. If you are looking to compete in races need a contant training centre then get down there.

This is a great start and a significant step forward in UK mountain biking as it brings our sport to a new large urban youth market which frankly is to be applauded. I look forward to seeing it grow.

As a new centre in a pretty urban setting I see this as a brill blueprint off road cycle park (nb it has a road circuit too mind). The recent planting of trees on what was a green field site will pay dividend in the next few years as we see roots protruding into the trails and foliage creating more that special mtb feel.

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Great for teens and pre teens to cut their teeth on. Offers good progression. Good selection of berms and pump. All year weather proof due to gravel base. Pump track is enormous fun
Bad Points
Gravel base can be off putting. Would benefit from some drops. Pump track is not a traditional pump track more of a little downhill with pump if you wish
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