Hadleigh Park Vs Klein Vs Man

Oakleyman

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Evening all,

Decided to take a day off work and drive over to Hadleigh Park which was the Olympic venue for MTB.

Sun came out and was pleasantly surprised by the course - ended up riding around for a good couple of hours the ensure all the tracks were ridden on. Some of the black runs were well beyond me to be honest but a very nice course for all abilities, covered over 400 metres of climbing which isn't bad for the land of mountains known as Essex! Plenty of fast switchbacks and very tight berms to test your nerve as well as some pretty steep rocky descents. Blue run to take it really easy, red if you want a bit more danger and black if you are not afraid of hurting yourself.

Facilities are good (shop and cafe on site) and only a few quid to park the car (or park in town and ride in I guess?). Also nice to be sharing the tracks with only half a dozen bikers and not worried about getting mowed down by a downhill rider going flat out at any time. You could easily arrive as a group of mixed abilities, have a ride around each at your own speed and still end up at the same place at on time or another.

If anyone was to consider a retrobike get together I'd recommend it as a venue purely for the fact it was so well laid out, even though my friend and I sort of got lost in terms of our bearings you are never more than a mile or two away from the centre.

Klein performed well, Hadleigh Park performed well, my legs not so much so here's to some winter training maybe!

Mark
 

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Looks like you picked a great day for it. Seems strange that something within easy reach of so many is so quiet
 

jari

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I went to the womens mtb day on 2012 with wife and kids. Awesome day. big crowds, like some big festival day.

how much has it changed since the Olympics? Rock garden looked brutal on the day. saw at least two crashes during the 2 hour even.
 

Oakleyman

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It was a Friday so a proper work day off so I guess it would be a little quiet. Also we spoke to one of the guys that works there and he said they'd really only just opened to the public recently along with the launch of their website. He was quite thrilled as we'd traveled an hour to get there and so far he'd only known of the locals using it.

I just think it's taken a long time to make this venue open to all (almost too long tbh) and it's slightly forgotten about. I hope the race events they have going on will increase popularity and more people will use it.

All of the Olympic obstacles are there although the guy did say that some of the surrounding rocks had been removed so that if anyone did fall off one of the big ones they'd only break their backs and not both their legs as well :D. Whilst there we saw two others crash on black run descents - Oak Tree Drop was scary looking - pretty much vertical rock drop of about 5 metres leading into a fast left hand berm.

http://hadleigh-park.co.uk/ride/track/

Mark
 
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