Video: Compound Interest

Jul 13, 2014 at 15:38
by Martin Zielinski  
Views: 29,945    Faves: 174    Comments: 10


Whether you have ridden Perry Park Birmingham, the Manchester indoor cycling centre SX track or watched the London 2012 Olympics BMX, judging by the design and flow there’s little doubt that the architects of these epic constructions know how to shape dirt!

C&K Contractors are renowned for building world-class tracks. Clark, Kent and Woodrow Bridgett have grown up riding bikes and shaping dirt, refining their skills into evermore elaborate and sophisticated courses. But it was in their folk’s back garden that they got a taste for digging.

I’d seen a few snaps and heard many tales about where these guys honed their craft - namely the Bridgett’s backyard, so I was stoked to get an invitation to Jane and Peter’s home to check out the infamous C&K Compound!

A snap I captured of Woodrow Bridgett whilst filming a forthcoming edit of C amp K s backyard. Yes this really is Woodrows back garden

Driving down an idyllic country lane I was greeted by Woodrow in front of the family’s neat Californian style bungalow. As Woodrow led me around the back I was confronted by what can only be described as the dream backyard, the sheer scale of the construction immediately struck me as well as those notorious, immaculately paved berms! Without a doubt the most intriguing feature. I remember thinking “Woodrow’s folks must be super cool” and I certainly wasn’t mistaken.

The highlight of the afternoon was spending time with Jane and Peter; this is a couple you want at your party! Charismatic, sharp, funny and no bullshit, both were super hospitable and incredibly generous with their time and knowledge. Unfortunately Clark was only around briefly but it was great to meet him and hear about the various incarnations of the yard, it’s been everything from a football pitch to massive sets of doubles and every variation possible in-between.

As riders started filtering into the yard I knew I was in for a treat, it didn’t take long before things got interesting! Joey Gough’s speed and style never fails to impress and witnessing Antony Tuffs’ tripling rollers that simply looked impossible was an eye opener! Some mega fast and close trains were going down and riders were boosting crazy air from features that simply shouldn’t throw you that high!

It was a shame that I only had an afternoon behind the lens, as there is enough interest and characters at C&K’s to make a feature film. It was a privilege to have spent an afternoon with such rad people at such an awesome location; I hope you enjoy the edit as much as I enjoyed my time at the Compound.


45 Comments

  • 35 0
 Bricks - great idea! Looks sooo fast!
What else could we use?
  • 12 0
 +1 Think I'll be stealing this idea for our pump track Smile

There's one berm in particular that's getting washed out over winter and is too awkward to cover with a tarp, and so long as the berm has already had a chance to bed in properly you'd think bricks should hold their shape pretty well. Love it!
  • 4 0
 Them berms, god damn...
  • 12 0
 Without a doubt; that is muthaf*ckin' art.
  • 10 0
 I've spent years building skateparks and bike parks and C&K have got their sh*t totally dialled - mad props to their crew Smile
  • 6 2
 slippery when wet...
  • 6 1
 @hellhound

you generally don't ride dirt jumps or pump tracks when wet as the surface softens which makes them slow and prone to taking damage from your tires
  • 3 2
 Of course I'm no dirt jumper but doesn't dirt hold your traction in the corners, a smoth brick is more likely to be slippery I guess once you've riden them for a while you don't notice any more
  • 4 0
 @hellhound

its a fair point

generally house brick has an abrasive surface which will provide a good level of traction for any modern tire compound, if you rub your hand against a brick wall you will get a nasty graze for sure

it would only be glazed bricks or tiling that would be lethally slippy!
  • 1 0
 yeah and if you do slip on this stuff then that nasty graze will be on a lot more of you than just your hand haha Smile
  • 1 0
 They are paving bricks not house bricks, alot smoother but still have plenty of grip. Would be more like carpet burns if you bail onto them
  • 1 0
 When I built our pump track I had to cart the dirt down 3 flights of stairs:
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So after shifting ~12 tonne and realising how much freaking dirt you need I started using fill, which was mostly left over bricks and pavers from folks giving them away around our area.

Pavers are pretty coarse, so grip should be fine, plus since they're thinner, they'd be cheaper than house bricks if you had to buy them. No-one has crashed on the berms (yet ;-) ), so not too fussed about that, and I thought it was more the angle of the berm that holds your line?

Probably a good idea to use a bed of paving sand to set them in place, keep the gaps as small as possible and then finish off with paveset or pavelock which sets like a gel after you sweep it into the gaps and then wet it. Like I said before, I'd only do it after a berm has had a chance to settle in, has had plenty of riders on it, and has gone through a few rain cycles.

I really like the attention to detail these guys have gone to, the outer layer of pavers is a different colour and not cut, instead they've cut the second last layer to fill in. Looks very clean, proper craftsmen!
  • 1 0
 Sweet looking dirt and pump track! I'm envious of anyone with decent site access, ours sucks.
  • 12 0
 My only criteria for buying a house is backyard large enough for a pump track and a deck for myself and my buddies - after seeing this I think i will just buy a farm Big Grin
  • 10 0
 looks like a lot of fun!
  • 7 0
 brick berms...cha cha
  • 5 1
 Such a wonderful sound before the music started
  • 3 0
 Fantastic riding, music and vibe!!!
  • 1 0
 Cheers man, stoked you dig it!
  • 3 0
 What a track! All the hard work paying off big time gentlemen
  • 1 0
 Great too see good tracks getting build, Just how it should be If I was going to build my own house, It would have transition for walls
  • 1 0
 Awesome tune, I knew it would show up in an edit soon. That track must of been a lot of work, the berms are perfect.
  • 2 0
 Good work dude! Love this place.
  • 1 0
 Cheers man.
  • 1 0
 i saw this on youtube about 3 years ago but it was only like a 1 minute video. So happy to find it again!
  • 2 0
 cobblestone berms is so damn British. Like a sir
  • 2 0
 Too awesome!

The guy @ 2:06 should write a manual on how to manual.
  • 1 0
 Is that a cannabis plant in the center of that last corner shot? Looks sick and yellow.
  • 2 0
 Where is this at?
  • 1 0
 Private backyard.
  • 1 0
 that land into the manual at 2:05.... so sick
  • 2 1
 How does it feels compare to cement or dirt when you crashed?
  • 9 0
 Bricky
  • 1 0
 Whaa? Concentrated awesome.
  • 1 0
 Yea dude! So nice! That place looks rad!
  • 1 0
 Cheers man.
  • 1 0
 heaven is a strike> halfpipe /strike> pumptrack
  • 1 0
 Sweet edit mz. That's the best garden ever.
  • 1 0
 Cheers man.
  • 1 0
 So sick.
  • 1 0
 i miss bmx sometimes...
  • 1 0
 There is a Heaven!!!!!
  • 1 0
 awesome dude. Smile
  • 1 0
 Cheers man.

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