Havok Bike Park: Opening Weekender - Video

Jun 1, 2016 at 4:09
by Danny Wilson  
Views: 2,485    Faves: 21    Comments: 4

Over the May bank holiday weekend, Havok Bike Park reopened its gates to the public for the first time in eight months. You may know the place from its previous name, Cockhill MTB Park or Dirt Trax, which was the company set up to run and maintain the centre. Towards the back end of last year, it encountered some difficulties and the park was forced to close.

Havok Bike Park Opening Weekender

After putting blood sweat and tears into the trails and missing having a good local spot to ride, a few of the regular builders and riders; Mathew Lambert, Joe Devereux, Tom Jefferies and Danny Wilson decided to team up and make it happen for this place again.

Havok Bike Park Opening Weekender

After negotiations with the land owner the newly formed team set up the company Havok Bike Park Limited to sign the land lease agreement and brand the bike park under. Trail maintenance followed to repair the damage from the flooding and fallen trees over the winter in preparation for the Annual PMBA Enduro round. This event helped raise the funds to make the first payment to the landowner and ultimately open up again.

Opening Day, Saturday 28th May:

A 7am start after camping in the woods, the to-do list consisted of a bacon butty, some last minute bits of taping out the tracks, applying some roofing felt to the wooden features and an inspection of all trails. All was on schedule until a call came in at 9.30am asking for the gates to be open to let the queue of cars in. With the cars and vans starting to fill the quarry and the sun shining we started signing in the first few riders, the event was supported by a whole host of companies including; Olfi Cameras, Five Ten, Hope Technology, Airshot, THE Industries, Bang Energy and more. There were lots of prizes and giveaways to be won.

Havok Bike Park Opening Weekender

Sunday 29th May:

This was the main day with over 70 riders up in the woods having fun shredding the trails, thrills and spills all round. The whip off contest was a major highlight with big crowds and the riders getting as sideways and loose as possible on their bikes. Young ripper, Huey Walker came away with the win and a brand new Olfi 4k Camera. Then it was on to the Gas to flat competition with riders pushing hard and landing with a crunch, Milton Ashworth took the win and walked away with an Airshot tubeless inflation system, a seemingly fitting prize.

The only downside of the day was a rider, unfortunately having to be airlifted to hospital after a crash on one of the freeride lines. We pass on our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Michael Mayze. Wherever you went on the hill all weekend, there were bikes flying past, riders smiling and having fun and there was never a dull moment. Matthew Coleman won a prize for being the first rider of the weekend to add his name to the list of people who have hit the infamous Havok Gap, making him number six and earning the nickname, the Havok Hero in the process.

Havok Bike Park Opening Weekender

The future is looking bright for the park now, it has two downhill lines, three freeride lines and dirt jumps, a strong team behind it and big plans going forward. Trails for every level of rider and always something to challenge you, it’s exactly what a bike park should be, come down for yourself and check it out. Lastly, a thank you for each and every rider that came to make it such a special weekend and for every company that supported the opening event. The park is back on two wheels and rolling fast.

Credit to Expix for the photos, Danny Wilson for the video.
Check out their facebook for the latest updates: http://www.facebook.com/havokbikepark


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27 Comments

  • 15 2
 I had to go from this article, to the facebook page, and then zoom out on a Google map on their website just to figure out where this place is (Burnley, if anyone else was wondering). Not a perfect start in terms of getting the information out there to the public... still keen to visit next time I'm oop North!
  • 1 0
 Yeah, i done that earlier in the week as well
  • 3 0
 Not in burnley, it's in toddmorden Smile
  • 2 0
 @Konakonakona-Chameleon: Where's that ? Nearest town without enlarging too much is Burnley,
anyways it's up north lol
  • 2 0
 Havok Bike Park is a push up downhill mountain bike venue nestled in the Pennines of West Yorkshire.

We aim to cater for a wide range of abilities across our 6 different trails. We have 1 dirt jump trail, 2 downhill trails and 3 Freeride trails with plans to expand in the future.

The dirt jumps start small with a boner log feature then into a much larger set.
The 2 downhill trails, one Red, one Black aren't your full on downhill trails like some of the bigger UK uplift venues due to the size and gradient of the hill. The Red is more of a flowy jumpy trails with the black being more technical, rutty and rooty.

Over on the Freeride side of the hill there are 3 lines, one beginner, one intermediate and one huge line offering a great area for riders to progress their jumping skills.

At the moment we are only open at weekends with the gates being open from 10am till 5pm.
Please let yourself in through the 2 gates closing them behind you and park up in the quarry area part way up the fire road into the forest.
Once you have kitted up and got your bike ready to roll make your way up to the sign in hut before getting your shred on.

We are located at:
Havok Bike Park,
Carr Road,
Cornholme,
West Yorkshire,
United Kingdom
OL14 7ES

Daily ride passes are £10 for over 21 and £8 for under 21 years of age.

www.havokbikepark.com

See you on the hill soon ????????
  • 1 0
 Any plans to open during the week in future? I have time off through the week but struggle to get a pass from the missus at weekends. Will you guys be offering yearly memberships at any point? I've just moved to Leeds so will be coming to scout it out soon.
  • 1 0
 @expat-taff: yes we do open on the odd Friday best thing to do is message their Facebook page. Yearly membership are also available now too. All the details you need are on the facebook
  • 2 0
 YES!! Hyped to see this plebe on the home page and getting some recognition. Suck a sick little venue that can only get better. Props on the edit Danny.
  • 5 0
 gotta love the plebs!
  • 1 0
 Great edit, Any chance of a different camera angle at 3.40......
  • 1 0
 @W4ld0:Thank you, sadly not as it was only myself filming. The rider was fine though luckily. It was a big hit for sure.
  • 2 0
 Looks like a solid place, wouldn't mind getting down one weekend for a ride!
  • 3 0
 had a wicked bank holiday weekend there! ill be back next week!!
  • 2 0
 Been there a couple of times, really great place. Definitely worth a visit, lads have put in a lot of work since last year.
  • 2 0
 quality weekend, great to have the local back open again. top effort lads.
  • 2 0
 Looks like a great place to ride.
  • 2 0
 Superb opening weekend up there & the weather played nicely too!
  • 1 0
 Looks good, definitely fancy a bash but- Needs more info- opening times, prices, location, do you need to book etc.
  • 1 0
 Open on weekends only. No need to book as it's a push up venue. Is 10 per day for 21 and o er or 8 for under 21s. Postcode is OL14 7ER
  • 1 0
 whats the parking up there like now ????
  • 1 0
 parking up at the quarry can get about 30 cars
  • 2 0
 OL14 7ES
  • 1 0
 why you post my regy plate :@
  • 1 0
 And the address and cost is......?
  • 1 0
 OL14 7ES
£8 for under 21
£10 for adults
Hope that helps
  • 1 0
 Hows this place going, still open right ?

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