Edenbrook Bike Track
We were contracted by Hart District Council to design and build multiple mountain bike jump tracks at Edenbrook Country Park. There was an issue with informal use on the site and we were tasked with capturing those riders and ensuring they were engaged with whatever we created.
We designed two riding tracks, a ‘1 dot’ track for beginner riders and a ‘2 dot’ track for intermediate riders, with a push up track and start area at the top of the hill. Both tracks were designed to be progressive and stimulating of a robust design to allow riders to learn and develop their skills. Both tracks include qualifiers, rollers, beginner and intermediate roller double jumps, linked by berms.
The site was an old overgrown motocross track predominantly comprising of sand with a small covering of vegetation that had managed to colonise on the infertile soils. We carefully stripped the vegetation to be used later in the project and sculpted features and drainage gullies out of the landscape. To provide a year-round facility we then imported crushed limestone Type 1 aggregate and topped with a 0-4mm limestone dust wearing course. The features in combination with the existing topography are utilised in such a way that speeds are controlled at the end of each course, before joining a shared climb/push-up.
The facility is so popular that the parking is regularly overrun with cars parking on the main road once site is full. There were so many riders during 2020 that the push up had markers set 2m apart so that they could socially distance whilst waiting for their turn! We have been asked to look at providing further trails on site which is testament to the success of the project and the standard of work carried out for the client.