We’ve come across some fairly dedicated teams of trail builders over the years, but the riders behind Blandford Forum’s MTB-Freeride park in Dorset have got themselves somewhere near the top of the league – a bunch of them have just spent several days camping out in the woods to finish a new trail.
MTB-Freeride already has three downhill tracks that get used during the club’s regular uplift days, but the riders wanted something a little more accessible for the rest of the time. The new trail was inspired by Whistler’s A-Line trail – all berms and tabletop jumps like an enormous downhill BMX track. As you’d imagine, something like that takes a lot of building, and the first step was to raise money to get a digger in for the major dirt-moving operations.
The cash was duly stumped up and the digger came in over the Bank Holiday weekend, with a crowd of volunteers taking up temporary residence on site to get things together. All the effort paid off – in just three days they’d got an eminently ridable new trail. It still needs a bit of bedding in, but it should be spot on in time for the club’s next uplift day on 14 May.
More details at www.mtb-freeride.com – for enquiries about uplift days or membership call Ben at local bike shop Torico on 01258 473770.