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The Trails

At The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire The Cannop Cycle Centre offers tracks from blue for Beginners to Double red for more experienced riders. For families the uplift also drops you off to enjo the final decent of the blue trail Verderers.

At Gawton Gravity Hub we cannot recommend this place enough to go ride. From red trails to England’s only Double Black.

Flyup 417 Project near Cheltenham offers a variety of riding disciplines within one venue. To check out what we have please visit www.417bikepark.co.uk



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Ski Run

The original downhill trail at the Forest of Dean and rideable in all weathers, the Ski Run drops in through big rocky and rooted sections with fade drops. Into a fast set of turns, a hip jump, the popular tabletop, berms and road gap.

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GBU

This new track has it all including drop off’s, step ups and fast flowing jumps. One of the best new tracks anywhere in the UK.

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Sheepskull

Super fast all the way. Through the top ‘bus stop’, then jumping into and out of a bombhole, over some roots onto the middle fire road. Flying on down from there, loads of challenging roots tempt you into braking, then anchors off into the final fast ‘motorway’ section. Sections, berms and jumps are in season here. Super fun and fast too, and a great one to session.

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Verderers - Blue trail

Using the uplift you can access the end of the family trail. If you are new to Downhill this trail is perfect to learn on. It will introduce you to berms, jumps and features found on the other downhill tracks. What ever your riding ability this track is awesome fun.

For families not wanting to do the 6 mile round trip to the top, the uplift is available to drop you off at the top of the final decent.

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Corkscrew

Fast and fun. Super fast, jumpy top section leads into a fast rooty bottom section, then swooping through a valley and over the finishing hip jump. Please note: The bottom hip jump has been reshaped and moved back from the fire road after a number of recent accidents – take it easy on your first run through!

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Flatlands

A separate top section, Flatland is ideal to lead into the bottom section of Sheepskull. Rooty corners darting past tree stumps lead into a sharp drop onto the middle fire road.

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Endo

Endo darts down from the middle fire road level, through tight rooty switchbacks and into a fast open bottom section with a tabletop and a small stepdown drop. Ideal to use as a variation to the bottom of corkscrew. NEW DTV bottom extension now open.

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Cougar Root

The Cougar Root delivers the Forest’s fair share of loam, with long, drifty corners and roots galore, this one’s a real test of skill with a load of fun thrown in too. A real challenge in the wet!

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Mr Rooty

Sure lives up to the name. Highly technical off camber track which is surprise surprise rooty!

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HSD

Length: 1 mile Vertical drop: 440ft
HSD is a thigh slapping, raucous, rip snorter of a track. By far the most popular track at Gawton Gravity Hub, HSD is all things to all people. With its smooth flowing multi hit lines and easy going curves it is within the reach of most folk who have spent a few hours on a mountain bike. Ride it at speed however and it becomes a rollercoaster challenge, full of opportunities to really get the adrenalin flowing. These attributes make it as popular with the hardcore Downhill elite as it is with those just dipping their toe in the water.
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Proper Job

Length: 0.8 miles Vertical drop: 450ft
The newest addition to Gawton Gravity Hub, Proper Job is Downhill Mountain Biking’s Siege Perilous (this was the empty seat at King Arthurs table that bore no name waiting for a knight to fill it). The track is set to become the most popular on the hill as its multiple features and huge berms flow beautifully down the steep valley sides. This track is FUN with a capital ‘Fu’, ideal for those wanting to hone their skills before stepping up to the steep scary stuff. Once you can drop, skip and jump your way from top to bottom you know your ready to progress…..or maybe like everyone else you will be having too much fun playing!
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Egypt

Length: 0.5 miles Vertical drop: 380ft
There is no doubt that Egypt is a wild and uncompromising track. It is one of the most technically challenging Downhill Tracks in the UK. Its root strewn path twists its way through the forest, down steep gradients, over rocks plummeting toward the silver river Tamar. Egypt is the preserve of the enthusiast, a gauntlet thrown down to those who think they can ride any track at speed. It will only give itself up fully to the devoted, but once mastered it is a purists dream and certainly a goal worth persuing.
Video of Katy Curd and Jake ‘Teaboy’ Ireland – all the trails are featured including awesome footage of Egypt
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Super Tavi

Length: 0.7 miles Vertical drop: 500ft
The beast, the legend, the writhing dragon. Super-Tavi represents the elite level of Downhill track in the UK. There are few that rival it. The famous and the infamous have all flocked here to take on this mythical course. It’s notorious in all four corners of the globe as one of the most perfect creations in the downhill community. This is where you come if you want to test yourself against the best. There is no compromise, no quarter given. Faint hearted suitors are banished, sent scurrying back to the warmth and security of their homes to lick their wounds. If you fancy yourself as a handy downhill rider then this is your test.
Check out the video of Gee Atherton smashing Super Tavi, it maybe an old one but it really shows the track at its best (rest assured the uplift no longer looks like that, the Flyup 16 seat minibus has taken over!)

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Dirt Magazine Documentary

Dirt Mag have been capturing our journey building the 417 Project since June 2015.

Want to check out all the facilities on offer? CLICK THE LINK BELOW

WWW.417BIKEPARK.CO.UK

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Moderatemore info>

Suitable for: Novice downhiller with some previous experience of XC trails, suitable for all good quality mountain bikes.
Gradient: Moderate gradients with short sections of steeper gradients followed by a shallow gradient run-out.
Acceptable features: Loose surfaces, ruts, potholes, tree roots, berms, rollers, bridges, small drops and jumps all which may be rolled over at low speed and medium drops and jumps with an alternate line around them.

Difficultmore info>

Suitable for: Novice downhiller with some previous experience of XC trails, suitable for all good quality mountain bikes.
Gradient: Moderate gradients with short sections of steeper gradients followed by a shallow gradient run-out.
Acceptable features: Loose surfaces, ruts, potholes, tree roots, berms, rollers, bridges, small drops and jumps all which may be rolled over at low speed and medium drops and jumps with an alternate line around them.

More Difficultmore info>

Suitable for: Competent downhiller with experience of difficult trails, suitable for free-ride, all-mountain and DH mountain bikes.

Gradient: Steep gradients. May include drop-offs of up which are n to rollable, medium jumps and large rock gardens.

Acceptable Features: As red. Jumps will either be roll-able at moderate speed or have an alternative line around them. Arm & Leg armour is advised

Severemore info>

Suitable for: Good downhiller who will expect and relish technical challenges, suitable for DH mountain bikes and longer travel trail bikes.

Gradient:Any rideable or usable gradient. May include large drop-offs and jumps

Acceptable Features: Small jumps may not be roll-able. Large Jumps will not be roll-able, but will have an alternate line around them. Hazards are expected as assessed and agreed by a good DH rider. Full body armour is advised

Extrememore info>

Suitable for: Expert downhiller who will expect and relish major technical challenges, suitable for DH mountain bikes only

Gradient: Any rideable or usable gradient. May include very large drop-offs and jumps

Acceptable Features: Large and small jumps will not be roll-able and may not have an alternate line around them. Hazards are expected as assessed and agreed by an expert DH rider. Full body armour is advised