Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mildenhall


In the wake of the olympics there are tracks popping up all over the country, seems everyone wants a piece of the pie.. there are new tracks photos showing up nearly every week. Good stuff.

Mildenhall is a bit different. It's a play track - a bit different in design to a normal track, more lines, smaller and no gate. Oh and it's in the middle of the woods. A BMX track in the woods you say?? Yep, it's like having a track, in trails surroudings. I like!



Jay @ hardcore hobbies is so stoked on having this track 18mins and 12 seconds from his house you cannot put it into words. So we headed over to join him and the locals for a ride.

It took us a while to find, it is literally in the middle of the forest! But the setting was awesome, especially as we picked a warm spring day with a clear blue sky. The atmosphere was really chilled and fun, there was loads of local kids shredding, and the were damn good too!

Here's a couple of vids...




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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Nose bonks and city trails

Although it was lovely and sunny on saturday, it was a bit windy at the trails in the wrong direction, so we sacked it off and headed to the track. Strangely, it seemed less windy at the track and really summery... good vibes!

There was a bunch of local kids all lining up to jump the tabletop on the last straight. There were some crazy looking contraptions kicking about! Although not entirely practical, I got big respect for these kids who obviously pulled together whatever they could find and made it work just so they could have some fun with their mates on a bike.... and these kids often get their bikes running a lot sweeter than the kids with proper bmx's! Skills!

Anyway there was a girl riding with this big group of boys, she was a natural (and naturally colour co-ordinated too might I add, pink forks and bars and a pink checked shirt!) She cleared the table top before most of them, and one of the lads shouts... "Woo yeah!! she cleared it did you see that?!!! ..............bitch!!!" Ha ha, love it. Keep it up girl.

We were having fun riding the last straight, when I picked up for the table before the rhythm and accidentally nose wheelied it. Don't think I've ever nose wheelied anything ever. Not without it ending in faceplant. The Euro vids from last year came flooding back to me and I had the urge to try something new and had some fun messing about with it on the rhythm!



Sunday the wind direction looked much the same but stronger... so we gave Matt a bell to see if he wanted a hand putting the finishing touches to the city trails to get them running. With Tucker away on tough revision schedules, Matt snapped up the offer! There was a lot of work to be done but after 5 hours between Matt, Scoob and myself the mains were ready to rock for the first time in 2010. Matt took the first few runs through and a grin appeared from ear to ear! We rode for another 2 hours, until we were pretty shot to pieces. It was a long day but well worth it. :o)

Pics: Matt - 1 foot, Scoob - Table, the shovel rack






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Thursday, April 08, 2010

My Likes...

As you know, I like to use Vimeo as a base for my video edits. In the time I have been using vimeo, I've come accross loads of cool trails videos and have built up quite a good collection on my "likes" page. Well Worth a look if you've got some spare time.

This is one of my faves so far... the hip at the end looks so sooo good! Shady run in or what! and not to mention a start hill at the trails... love it.

Andalucia Part Three from FoxHeadInc on Vimeo.



Weathers getting pretty nice now, I'm so happy to ditch my thermal helly hanson for the year, I thought it was never gonna end. Trails have been riding good, and we've been busy tweaking the mains. We beefed up the last set... chunkier lip so it holds up much better, made the set a foot or so taller and a couple of foot longer. Not too much bigger to look at but now even when you stay low on it your pretty high! We also decided the 4th set was still not long enough, we were squashing it and fighting the lip. Pulled it back another foot and mellowed it out, floats like a dream now. Check out Scoob testing it out:



Had a few visitors and old faces show up lately, good to see Dave and Donny back at the trails, and the unrelated "Allens" Matt and Jools taking a break from the race tracks to come and visit us. Good to see them, both had a great time and have there eyes on the mains... see you again soon boys! Thinking about having a BBQ get together for our racer friends at the trails this summer.... number plates, pad sets, full face helmets and goggles will be the order of the day. Red card for any clips that show up though, that's just not cricket!

Got new project up our sleeves, decided to make something completely different. My imagination ran wild and I came up with what Scoob has dubbed the "death channel". A high speed run dodging the 4th lip by a few inches in a channel/berm dug into the ground in the middle of the 4th set, straight into a twisty lip and a cool transfer... then where?? who knows!!! We'll work that out later on. Got some ideas though. Just don't let me drink too much coffee before you ask me.

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