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My Trails, in need of lovin’

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I’ve been real quiet on the blog front over the last 2 months. I’ve been at uni, and there’s just not enough time to post anything relevant/useful. Too much time doing frustratingly hard maths…

Anyways, I’m back for the winter now 😀 with a month and a bit of time to ride and build, stoked. To be honest, I wasn’t even expecting them to stay up till the end of summer (building in heavily used army land, and been caught before). With that in mind, I’m not too bummed at the state of the trails at the moment. I know quite a few riders have ridden there, and it shows… But the damage doesn’t look like the work of chavs or the army. Mostly just bad building/modifying from riders who sessioned there. The extremely heavy rain really hasn’t helped either.

Regardless, I’m still going to be riding and building there this winter. It won’t be to the extent that I did over summer, but I’ll definitely be getting the jumps rideable again, and I’m pretty excited about the potential. My DMR (24″ tranny) got stolen at Cambridge, so I’ll be giving BMX dirt jumping a go. I have a brakeless BMX, which I’ll stick some more dirt suitable tyres on. It’ll be a scary, steep, dangerous learning curve, but fun times nonetheless! Also, I’ll be building more creative lines this winter. None of the lines will remain the same as they were (other than the pump track bit), partly because I need forgiving jumps to learn on (remember I’ll be jumping a bmx for the first time ever, AND it won’t have brakes), and partly because I like change, and the site is now prime for quick-to-build creative lines.

Tidying the place up will take a good hour or 2, but once that’s sorted, building the new lines shouldn’t be hard. All the dirt is dug up out the ground, its all wet and ready to build. Dirt just need moving around and shaping (i.e. the fun part of building). So it’s not all bad.

HOWEVER, as a warning to riders who fancy a ride there this winter or after winter, please don’t change the jumps. I gave people relatively free reign over it in autumn, since I was at uni and wouldn’t be there for months – I’m not an anal rider who is overly protective of dirt jumps on other people’s land. But the quality of building/maintaining going on was just lame/half assed. Basically, I’m going to get the site buffed out and dialled this winter, but if rider’s don’t respect it, I’ll just build somewhere else and not tell anyone. I don’t like the idea of secret trails, I put in the work (which I do enjoy, but still..), which I might as well let others enjoy, but riders need to understand trail etiquette.

Here’s the pics of the trails as of early this afternoon. I’ll be back to regular posting, keeping everything documented regarding the trails progress :). Peace

Written by Adam Pollard

December 7, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Posted in Trail Building

My Trails: Another day, lots more jumps

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So yeah trail dawgs, another update here. It’s been awhile since I posted any pictures or updates surrounding my trails. Holes have been dug, people have come, 360s went down, and LOTS and LOTS of Monster Energy was consumed.

Development. That sums up the change at the trails since the last update. Not many more actual features have been built, but just about everything there has since seen a rebuild .. for the better, I add. The lack of rain has left the site battered. I know it’s summer, and everyone luuuuurves the sunshine, but jumps NEED water; my trails especially. The grey soil sucks. Ollie “lamdawg” (who’s now a regular builder :D) and I have started to sand/clay everything (yellow/gold colour). It’s a proper bitch to do properly, but it’s the only way the trails will survive any stretch of sunshine.

So yeah, until the rain and sand/clay goes down, they won’t look (or ride) their best, but regardless, it’s always good for a session :). I’ve got a bit of an end-of-summer trail jam planned too, so that’ll motive us to buff everything out. Most of the hard work is done, just gotta dial ‘er in buddaaaaaaaay!!

The captions will elaborate:

The in-run: main line on the left, small line on the right.

The in-run: main line on the left, small line on the right.

An overview: you can see how the jumps are starting to look a bit battered. NEED MORE RAIN. NEED MORE SAND/CLAY.

An overview: you can see how the jumps are starting to look a bit battered. NEED MORE RAIN. NEED MORE SAND/CLAY.

The latest main line jump on the left. The trick stepup on the right. The bigger jump isnt finished yet - Itll be shorter, steeper and taller once finished :D.

The latest main line jump on the left. The trick stepup on the right. The bigger jump isn't finished yet - It'll be shorter, steeper and taller once finished :D.

Same again. As you can see more easily now, the main line jump isnt finished.

Same again. As you can see more easily now, the main line jump isn't finished.

The 180 berm. Not finished yet, will be taller and steeper once finished. But still rides well ;).

The 180 berm. Not finished yet, will be taller and steeper once finished. But still rides well ;).

Same again, another perspective.

Same again, another perspective.

A good view of the trick step-up landing. Its like a resi landing :P.

A good view of the trick step-up landing. It's like a resi landing :P.

A bit of a close-up.

A bit of a close-up.

A good angle to show the transfer lines between the main line and small line ;). Fun fun fun.

A good angle to show the transfer lines between the main line and small line ;). Fun fun fun.

Lamdawg carving Man Jump into the new jump.

"Lamdawg" carving "Man Jump" into the new jump.

Side-on of the trick step-up.

Side-on of the trick step-up.

Exit to the 180 berm. Rollers following from it.

Exit to the 180 berm. Rollers following from it.

Another view of the trick step-up and new jump.

Another view of the trick step-up and new jump.

Although the new jump isnt finished, me and Lamdawg decided the hit it anyway. This would be me riding it.

Although the new jump isn't finished, me and "Lamdawg" decided the hit it anyway. This would be me riding it.

Lamdawg

"Lamdawg"

Lamdawg again

"Lamdawg" again

Feel free to post any comments :).

Take it easy,

Happy trails!

Written by Adam Pollard

September 1, 2009 at 9:07 pm

My Trails: An Update

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So, my trails: I thought I’d post an update because my teaser pictures I initially posted got quite a bit of interest.

My building there has been a bit erratic in the last few weeks. I went through a stage of building franticly, and then not digging for a week or so :P. I’m getting a hardtail project bike in a few days time though, so that’ll motivate me to dig more :). But for now, there is 1 main line, 1 medium line, and 1 small/pumptrack(ish) line. None of it is really finished and all dialled in, but I have plenty of time for that :D. A few transfer lines in there too :P, but of course, like most of the stuff there, it’s only half done at the moment. And I’m a bit reluctant to properly buff out everything until I know for sure it won’t get knocked quickly. As of yet, no-one has touched them in the months they’ve been up – not even a dogwalker walking all over the lips…

Anyways, here’s a few images to give you an idea of what’s going down :).

Feel free to post any comments :).

Written by Adam Pollard

July 16, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Posted in Trail Building

2 Sunny Days and a Garage Full of Wood

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🙂

Impromptu front yard quarter pipe… aaaaaaaahh yeeeeaaahh!!

It was sunny. I thought, “I wonder what wood I have in the garage?”. I had a look. I saw a bunch of wood. I thought, “I wonder how big a ramp I could build out of this stuff?”. 2 sunny days later, lots of screws, some fun with power-tools, and more than my fair share of energy drink, and this is the result :D.

I built it scrap-heap challenge style. Measuring tape was never used, I didn’t plan a thing, I just keep sawing and drilling stuff :P. For example, I didn’t have “thick ply” large enough for the sides, so I improvised and screwed a bunch of smaller pieces together.

Anyways, the thing is super fun to ride :D, and I’ll hopefully post up some pictures of me riding it soon :).

Take it easy

Adam

Written by Adam Pollard

July 6, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Posted in BMX, Trail Building

My Trick Step-up Jump

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I took some pics of my trick step-up jump thing a while back. I haven’t really shown anyone it yet, so here ya go. It gets regularly trashed by the local chavs and motocrossers, so it needs tweeking every time I go there. But saying that, its heaps of fun, and a great place to learn bike trickery :). It lives Camberley side of Swinley Forest, and gimme a shout if you want directions or whatever.

Peace

Written by Adam Pollard

June 28, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Posted in Trail Building

My Trails: A few initial teaser pics

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I started some trails a month ago. I found a pretty sick location, and I’ve been down there building and riding nearly every day so far. I took these pictures a week or two in, and things have gotten a lot better since :P. Currently, I have about 7 or 8 jumps, a few rollers, and a few berms built. It’s coming along real well :D. The only problem though is that they haven’t seen any rain since these teaser pics where taken… resulting in some very soft and dusty jumps until the rain comes back. Once I get some rain again, the whole place should be as buffed as in these pictures. In a few months, the spot should be dialled – lots of lines, of various difficulty and technicality, and hopefully a hut too 😛 hehe. Should be gooooooooood.

Enjoy!

Written by Adam Pollard

June 28, 2009 at 12:05 am