Sunday, 26 September 2010

Rest In Pieces (Trailbuilding Sunday 26th September)

Now the APF is over, it was time to start dismantling the timber work ready so it could be stored for use elsewhere on the Chase. The sky berm will be going up to the downhill area on Stile Cop and we’ve got plans for the boardwalk on Follow the Dog - watch this space.....


Saturday, 25 September 2010

APF Exhibition (Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th September)

Thanks to all the hard work over the last few months, we finally were ready for the putting on a show. Whilst Bruce, Dave, Liam, Rob and I talked shop to the public, several of the Racers Guild boys were breaking into a sweat riding our impressive display throughout the day.

Talking to various parties and the event organiser, our stand was well received and showed land owners what they could do other than just grow trees.


Sunday, 12 September 2010

The End is in Sight (Trailbuilding Sunday 12 September 2010)

This week we continued work on our APF display. Alex and Mick constructed the start ramp onto the sky berm. It wouldn’t look out of place covered in snow ready for a ski jump competition.

Liam and new volunteers Simon and Harry dug out the peaty top soil between the dirt jump boxes ready for a good thick layer of surfacing material.

The rest of us completed the North Shore section by joining the existing framework up with the end ramp. We’ve even made provision for a skinny down into our stand area – all we need is to make sure the riders don’t come flying through the back of the gazebo.

Whilst Jez and Martin cut the decking to size, Bruce, Nigel and Steve made a start on screwing it down. We’ve purposely left large gaps – they’re not for a gap jumps but to stop it being ridden before it is ready.

More of the same next Sunday – it’s the last one before the exhibition starts on Thursday 23rd .... now will we get it finished in time?


Thursday, 9 September 2010

It’s starting to take shape… (Trailbuilding Sunday 5th September 2010)

If you’ve been out in the woods recently (riding around the Dog), you may have noticed that the timber work for the APF exhibition is starting to take shape. So far the start ramp, sky berm and North Shore framework are in place.

Last week, we moved the sky berm that Alex, Bob and Mick have been building onto site and started work on the end of the North Shore.

This Saturday, the DH lads (Alex, Bob, James and Mick) lifted the sky berm into place – it’s over 5’ up in the air! I’m glad it’s these guys that will be riding it.

Sunday saw Phil and new volunteer Joe clearing the area where our gazebo will be – right opposite the burger van I’m told … what more could we want? Alex, Bob and Bruce stayed back at base to build the remaining boxes for the dirt jump whilst the rest of us headed up to the site to continue with the North Shore. A few hours later we had the basic frame work in place when a trailer load of dirt jump boxes turned up. These were manhandled into place to complete our display.

Alex, Bob and Harry wanted to crack on and start decking the sky berm so we left them to it – after all, it was rapidly approaching ride o’clock.

Next weekend, we’ll be building the on and off ramps for the sky berm and start decking the ‘shore. Stop and have a chat if you want to know more.