Winter's here again, it's time to get the shovels out for more cold and wet days in the woods stacking, shaping and barrowing endless amounts of clay. There's always work to do, more and bigger jumps to build, lips to tweak and repair, it never ends. It may seem like a lot of effort, but it'll be worth it when Spring arrives and we get to test everything out. There's nothing better than having your own spot to ride and chill at all summer. We started our new spot nearly two years ago, here is the story of Moos so far.See more inside...
The trails were started in the summer of 2008, I had snapped my frame and couldn't ride, so I decided to build up some abandoned jumps. This is how they looked at the start of the summer.
These would go on to become the 2nd and 3rd jumps in the line.
By the end of summer 2008 they looked like this.
Long n low, 2nd, 3rd, 270 berm, 4th, 5th and 6th
And then it was winter and the serious digging began, well not for everyone, as usual everyone disappears when the spades come out. Things didn't go well, it got really cold and stuff kept collapsing so progress was slow, never the less this is what we got done...
The hip (7th)
8th and 9th
Spring came early this year, it was dry enough to ride by mid March, time to test the new jumps...
Edd one foot table on the hip, April 2009
The hip worked well, it was hard to clear at first but it soon dried out and was riding good. The 8th didn't go quite so well, it was impossible to make and we spent ages deciding whether it would get faster and be ok. But it didn't so we made major changes, knocking a foot of height off the lip and landing, and then tweaking the lip and steepening the landing.
Edd table on the 8th
It was the end of May by the time we got it working, the day after this pic was taken Edd over rotated a 360 and snapped his leg, that was the end of his summer, he's back riding now though.
The weather had been pretty good so far and June was no exception, but July was the wettest since 1939, it rained almost everyday and we did barely got any riding at all. August was a bit better, and so onto the 9th...
Geoff first day riding the 9th
It was a bit long, so we made a small adjustment to the lip, scraping off an inch to make it slightly mellower and also a few inches off the landing as it was ridiculously steep.
Here's a few more pics from the summer, mostly riding but we did some building as well...
Danny Pace old school on the hip
Geoff on the 6th
The hip in summer
Me on the hip
Building the step up lip
Train, me and Geoff
270 berm to pump
Me berm on new line
Building the new line
Rob, x up on the 6th
I don't have much video footage unfortunately, there's a couple of clips in this video featuring Danny Pace, one of the locals. The video was made by Jack
Well that's it for now, I hope this has inspired some of you to go out and start digging your own trails and good luck to all the trail builders out there, lets hope we get some decent weather in 2010.
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