Saturday, August 16, 2014

Video / Review of Shock Therapy

Check it out one of the first video's and reviews of our new machine built trail, Shock Therapy!

Jesse already has a punch list of things he'd like to refine.  Like we said this trail will never truly be 'complete'.  Get out there and give it a rip and let us know what you think.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Flow Trail Complete!

It was a long day but we managed to punch through and complete work with the Kubota on our last day of the rental period.  Most all of the hand work and fine tuning and sculpting is also done and we are happy to present 'Shock Therapy' to the world!

I'm not sure what the final head count for the day was but I want to say it was a crew of around 20 give or take a few.  Many of which put in near a 12hr day to put this trail to bed.  This was a big team effort by the chapter but a special congratulations is in order for Jesse McGowan who really championed this project and saw it through to completion.

A flow trail like this is never fully 'complete'.  We have been test riding sections as we built them trying to make sure the lines made sense and the flow was indeed present but speeds will increase as it rides in and there is always smoothing and tweaking to be done.  The last 10ft or so of the trail is still a tad rough we were running out of daylight at the end of the day but everything else has been tampered / trimmed / buffed out.

finish crews followed the machine smoothing berms and trimming roots

one of the last few berms before leaving the powerlines section and heading into the woods

Chris S. and I discussing the finer points of appropriate whoop height

finished berm to whoop section

Greg D. testing his mini-table

The flow looked quite nice

What this trail needs now is WHEELS!  Pack those lines down and give us feedback while you are at it.  There have been a few calls for a tour so keep your eyes peeled here and on the listserv for some group rides coming up in the near future.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Page Hill Trail Day and Test Ride - August 3rd!

CNH-NEMBA has been working on a new flow trail at Page Hill. We started hand-building in the fall of 2013, but soon realized that that job would be too tough for hand work alone. This year we rented a Kubota KX-018 mini-excavator for 4 weeks (July 7th through August 3rd)

The project is nearing completion, but we are looking for your help to put the finishing touches on and to help us ride it in. Please join us This Sunday. We will be out there from 8 AM to 4 PM, but feel free to come by any time, even just for a test ride. We have tools out at the work site so just bring your bike, work gloves and water. Since we are focused on completing the project this will be a no-frills trail day. Don't expect the usual staffed registration table with coffee and donuts. We will already be out in the woods digging!

The map below shows the new flow trail. The solid blue line is for the completed section and dotted line for the section remaining to be built. The quickest (but not the most fun) way to get out to the new trail is shown with red arrows. This will bring you to the middle of the completed section of trail. From there you can ride or push up to the top.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Directions to new Flow Trail at Page Hill

This map below shows the new flow trail. Solid blue line for completed section (as of this morning) and dotted line for the section remaining to be built. The quickest, but not the most fun, way to get out to the new trail is shown with red arrows. This will bring you to the bottom of the completed section of trail. From there you can ride or push up to the top. We have two more weeks to use the excavator. We need a hand-work and test-ride crew behind the machine keeps us moving forward. We'll be out there most days for the next two weeks at various times of day. We expect to be out all day for the next two Sundays. We have a good collection of hand tools out there. Get in touch if you'd like to come help out!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Flow Trail Progress at Page Hill

We are two weeks into our 4 week rental of a Kubota kx-018 and things are progressing great with the flow trail at Page Hill.

The trail is about half done and we are getting more efficient with the machine work as we go.  Confidence levels are high that we will complete the trail within the next two weeks.  The beginning of the trail is ready for test pilots, all of the really technical features have B lines and any jumps are rollable with less speed.

We also have some hand built finishing work to do and crews will be out doing work this week and this weekend so if you are interested in lending a hand in getting this trail to completion contact Jesse at (jesse[at]mcgowans[dot]info)

Here are some great pics taken during one of the recent build / test ride sessions: