|Time:||2 - 4 mins|
The downhill track at Black Mountains Cycle Centre is a true work of trail building art with more berms, table tops, gap jumps and step downs than probably anywhere else in the UK. Around every corner is another lip begging to be launched off with as much speed as you dare. Not all the jumps require total commitment though with plenty of room for error, providing the ideal arena for improving your downhill/freeride skillset.
Although the start and finish points are the same, the thoughtful creators of BMCC have provided many options on the way down the hill. There are up to three options in places to keep things interesting all day long.
90% of the track is off the fast, flowy and jumpy variety but there are some steep, technical corners with a few rocks and roots to negotiate - features any true downhill venue should include.
Towards the bottom of the track awaits a huge jump line for the gnarly dudes among us but for the more "down-to-earth" riders there is a lovely flowy trail option which bypasses the jumps.
What sets this track apart from other commercial downhill trail centres is that the lines have been sculpted out of the existing dirt lending a nice old school feel to the riding here. Only a few small sections have been covered with stones to help with drainage.
A trademark feature of this track is the bridge crossing over the uplift road, which you need to ride over to connect up the trails. The exit is somewhat steep so its advisable to have a quick look before launching yourself into the unknown.
Riders looking for a super fast and fun downhill experience with a friendly and laid back atmosphere should definitely come to Black Mountains Cycle Centre.. you will not be disappointed.
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Please note that the above distances are "as the crow flies" and do not represent actual driving distances.