What a day – thanks so much to all people that turned up and lifted a shovel, pushed a barrow or did some mattocking.
The track changes have been hardcored but not yet surfaced – please keep off them for now. Surfacing will be laid on
TUESDAY 1ST MAY 5.30 -8.30PM
WEDNESDAY 2ND MAY 5.30 -8.30PM
THURSDAY 3RD MAY 5.30 -8.30PM
The 4th straight has massively changed. Gone is the stepup, and replaced with one side a progressively bigger table line, the other with a bigger double-triple-double line. Progressive and hopefully something for all ages and all abilities on all types of bike! Feedback is encouraged so please let us know how we can improve!
On 1st straight, the 5th jump has been made a tabletop for flyout tricks and more space for runnig into the backset, as well as a more progressive ‘bigger’ jump.
The aim of all the changes is to provide jumps to build up to riding the backset. Before there was a huge jump at the track from doing the smaller stuff to the biggerdoubles. This shoudl ease progression and give the tracvk a new lease of life. I’m really excited for you all to enjoy it!
It’s going to be a busy week… big changes ahead for 4th straight and we need your help!
TUESDAY 24TH APRIL 5.30pm-8pm
WEDNESDAY 25TH APRIL 5.30pm-8pm
THURSDAY 26TH APRIL 5.30pm-8pm
Changes to rollers, tabletop line going in and rolled over jumps – we made the backset harder so now looking at the other end of the scale. 4th straight will be more progressive and better all round for all riders.
20 Ton of surface is coming SUNDAY 29TH APRIL courtesy of the boys ta BIKE TRACK (Cheers lads!) so we need to make changes prior.
230 tonnes of surface, 24 hours of digger driving, countless barrows, peaking at 40 volunteers all working at once… gives you the best track in Yorkshire.
When I first started out on this project, I’d ridden and dug on and off at the hills since about 2009. It was always a labour of love, and never had any big council grants, or hoards of diggers; it was just something a few people kept floating along.
This time it changed. We started way back in September/October time, slowly cutting the grass back, removing bricks from the surface, tidying up… easy maintainance jobs we should have been doing anyway. But this time there was a goal – to get the full track resurfaced and reshaped and breathe a whole new life into the track.
The word spread fast, and each dig day had more and more people turning up, people offered to sort surface out, get the gate fixed – do anything they could in their power to help us out.
6 months later and the new surface has been laid, and it’s just about bedded in and running better than it’s done for a long long time. It would never would have happened without a few key names, and I want to give some thanks.
Jon Dallow, Andrew Phillips & the Rangers at Sheffield City Council/Woodland Trust.
A big cash injection from them paid for most of the surface, and the support with dealing with the paperwork has been massively appreciated. The lease of the tools from the woodyard along with the day of labour from the Rangers was vital. Thankyou.
Huge thanks to Henry Norman, John Paul Jones and the rest from Ride Sheffield.
They have given a great deal of cash raised from their social over Christmas, which paid for the initial run of T Shirts, which we have used to generate more money for the club. They also helped with organising and collecting the loaned tools for many dig days which helped us so much!
Fistbumps to the best track builders in the biz, Steve Taylor, Jordan Gould & Chris from Biketrack.org
These boys were in it from the start, offering advice on how to build and get the best from the track, as well as driving diggers for 12 hours straight in their own time, as well as ordering surface, lending tools and giving up loads of time.
They offered early on in the project to provide materials for the new start gate, and delivered. A freshly painted gate with some quality marine ply will ensure the new gate it robust and will stand the test of time.
And lastly thanks to you – if you came and lifted a shovel, pushed a barrow, dug grass, whackerplated, raked or any form of help at all. You know who you are.
I’m truly honoured that the whole Sheffield riding community has come together and got behind this project to bring Bolehills from a haggard brickfest into what truly is one of the best tracks in the country.