Video: Marsh Tracks Pump Track Opens in North Wales

Mar 26, 2014
by Aspect Media  
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Forget any other pump track you’ve ridden anywhere else in the UK - the new track at Marsh Tracks in Rhyl, North Wales is bigger and gnarlier than all of them. It’s a full kilometer long and packed with scores of big jumps, rollers and berms. It is literally like nothing else in the UK. It’s part pump-track, part BMX track, part mountain bike trail. It’s a hell of a lot of fun.

To celebrate the launch of the new track, we invited a handful of UK racers down to see who could go fastest. 9 riders answered the call - including Scott Beaumont, Joe Smith, Sam Flanagan, Al Bond and Ollie Burton all of which had enough racing experience and raw talent to show just how hard the new track can be ridden.

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The complete track is huge but to keep the action fast-paced the race focused on one short 20ish second section. We started with a long first straight of about ten big jumps followed by some tight berms and then a flowy three jumps to the finish. Riders would get three timed runs of the track, with the fastest time taking the win.

“The track is brilliant. It’s mind blowing to see the size of it and how much there is to ride”. Chris Roberts, race organizer

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In the end Beaumont put down a hell of a ride showing his BMX power and 4X style were almost perfect for the track … but they weren’t quite enough to take the win. He put in three super consistent times that were all a scratch over 17 seconds and all lightning fast. Joe Smith was the man though. His first run was a blazing fast 16.9 seconds and was enough to hold off every other time all day. Third place went to North Wales downhill hero Al Bond who was just 0.2 behind Joe.

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Want to ride at Marsh Tracks? It’s surprisingly easy to find, just fire “Marsh Road, Rhyl, Denbighshire, LL18 2AD” into your satnav and you’ll get there. The track is open all day, every day to ride for free (though donations are welcome using the box near the track!). There’s also a closed road circuit and a national standard BMX track if that’s your thing.

You can find out more on their website at marshtracks.co.uk.

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The track was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund as administered by the Welsh Government. It was built by Cartwright Associates for Denbighshire County Council.

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  • 43 0
 The Nurburgring of pumptracks!
  • 34 0
 About time, councils need to take note and build more in the uk
  • 2 0
 Every council has a waste ground somewhere, this should be done all across the country. Expertly built too, you could have hours/days/weeks/years of fun from a place like this in your area. I WANT ONE
  • 10 0
 I'm just waiting for someone to fall in the water!
  • 8 3
 Rhyl, WTF - give all the drug users and unemployed single mums somewhere to go lol give me an excuse to take the bikes when I visit my auntie
  • 7 4
 Poah ... Thaught i seen ure mam their .....
  • 5 22
flag poah (Mar 26, 2014 at 13:22) (Below Threshold)
 my mum died of bowel cancer in 2012 thanks
  • 9 1
 Quick enough to take the piss out of other people though ...
  • 4 11
flag poah (Mar 26, 2014 at 15:49) (Below Threshold)
 Stating facts is not taking the piss. I've seen Rhyl going downhill over the last 30 years. I'll be there in a couple of weeks time And thanks for the negative props given for my mums death.
  • 5 1
 your facts *** and their all negative, thats taking the piss .. surely ?
  • 3 5
 maybe a wee bit but still holds true. while I think its a good thing to invest and try and regenerate towns like rhyl, they don't do enough. A pump track will not help the chronic unemployment and crime that Rhyl has.
  • 2 1
 I most likely that Ryhl council didnt come up the with the idea. It will have been thought up by someone else and taken to Ryhl council with the objective of building it on that peice of land, and the prospect of visitors bringing some small revenue to the town.
  • 2 0
 Wales have invested massively over the past 10 years or so and it's really starting to come together now, people go there for weeks holidays of cycling etc. just a shame we haven't got that kind of development down south Frown . I miss the midlands and wales tracks, awesome biking
  • 4 0
 this is a great place to ride but dont bother going if its windy! its unrideable
  • 3 0
 I live 10 mins away and each time ive been its been empty an my own little haven. Ssssssh pinkbike dont tell anybody its here :-)
  • 1 0
 I live 5 mins away I am a Rhyl boy born and bred and yes it's gone down hill over the years I'm still proud to be a Rhyl boy The track is pure bliss I ride it everyday off it's a credit to the council just hope no numptys ruin it with there junk on there I've binned it already the other day ooooch but still crave it
  • 3 1
 40 mins from mine and i didnt even no it f******g exsisted, bds at antur this weekend then jumping like a c**t in rhyl the week after. sorted.
  • 4 0
 Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin that is all...
  • 1 1
 i 100% agree. i'm only a few miles away
  • 3 0
 Do this in the south east please, Surrey would be nice
  • 1 0
 Not sure it works like that. I believe you have to make it happen.
  • 3 0
 No it was built by Nikki Whiles and Shaun Bevan of Trailcraft
  • 2 0
 Wales has got some fantastic places to ride lately.
  • 4 0
 Wales has ALWAYS had great places to ride, you just need to know where to go ;-)
  • 2 0
 looks amazing. i'll be visiting there soon hopefully.
  • 2 0
 Me too.
  • 2 0
 Well that looks Rhyl nice
  • 2 0
 Until it floods...
  • 1 0
 So who actually funded this and who owned/owns the land? It looks amazing.
  • 1 0
 This would never happen in the New Forest
  • 1 0
 Well... This is sick!
  • 1 1
 I like my bike to much to have it stolen by some council rat.
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