Re: Polhill Downhill Trail Digging Started

Postby asher on Thu 30/May/13 1:55pm

[quote="Velocipedestrian"]Ah, not open yet, my understanding is it will be uphill only for MTB, dual-use, and a downhill only remake of the old dopers illegal track (but legal).



Please don't re-make dopers...... it's great the way it was before the fences were installed.
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Re: Polhill Downhill Trail Digging Started

Postby gristle on Thu 30/May/13 2:41pm

It's recently had work done on it by the council. I'm unsure what the track was like "before the fences" but probably is different now! Anyway, it is still going to be closed to bikes until after Clinical is finished, the council work was to keep it in a good shape for foot traffic (as far as I know).
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Re: Polhill Downhill Trail Digging Started

Postby asher on Thu 30/May/13 2:51pm

Cheers, I was referring to the rooty section that drops off roller coaster and crosses highbury fling rather than the main track that heads down from George Denton park. According to tracks.org.nz the rooty bit is called dopers and the one from George Denton is called squatters.

Indeed squatters has been smoothed and widened beyond disrepair. Walked up dopers a few weeks ago. The bottom part now has 2 fences across the track and a large section carved out of it where it meets squatters. So despite it now being illegal to ride at the moment, it seems walking it has been deemed to be banned as well.

Would love to see Dopers remain as it was. There's less and less "urban tramping tracks" available these days.
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Re: Polhill Downhill Trail Digging Started

Postby gristle on Thu 30/May/13 3:01pm

Sorry, you are talking about the track that crosses highbury fling at 90 degrees.
That is a gonner all together, the council closed it. It has always been an illegal trail as far as I know and is not included in the latest planned development (not on the image I uploaded yesterday).
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Re: Polhill Downhill Trail Digging Started

Postby asher on Thu 30/May/13 3:06pm

Gah.... Illegal it will remain then I guess. Glad to hear it hasn't been earmarked for any development though.
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Re: Polhill Downhill Trail Digging Started

Postby gristle on Thu 30/May/13 3:16pm

Yep, blind 90 degree crossing over HF, not that flash. Riding it may upset the balance in the area though especially as some work has gone into getting permissions for new development.
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Re: Polhill Downhill Trail Digging Started

Postby thelongwalk on Thu 30/May/13 10:19pm

asher wrote:
Velocipedestrian wrote:Ah, not open yet, my understanding is it will be uphill only for MTB, dual-use, and a downhill only remake of the old dopers illegal track (but legal).



Please don't re-make dopers...... it's great the way it was before the fences were installed.


Its there land, we have very little say in what they do- we just try to build some mountainbike /dual use trails as best we can within their scope.
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Re: Polhill Downhill Trail Digging Started

Postby thelongwalk on Sun 2/Jun/13 10:44pm

Serindipity. A good week, work continues on the main line /drop plus we are out in the valley, digging through the rubbish.
Also finding lots of big heavy hunks of concrete which is lucky as there's a lot of soft ground.
Thx on wednesday to Kim, Craig, Ant, Andrew, Jono and Ali.
Today Matt, Dave, Tom, Abbie and Chrsity helped out. Epic.
Same times next week, Wed 1230- 2pm and Sun 1-4. Cheers
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drop -advanced line
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looking back up towards drop/roll over
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Its super soft in the valley next to the swamp so these big concrete blocks found in the dump will be used. The gap jump is parallel and to the right of this, the main line
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Re: Polhill Downhill Trail Digging Started

Postby thelongwalk on Mon 21/Oct/13 10:12pm

Well its been a while since we've posted here. The dig on Serendipity is progressing well. Able to ride 900 meters or so to a exit point to Transient. With the dry weather and riding the completed track is settling in well with some fun features.

We're digging every Sunday 1-4 - all help appreciated- to find us best head up from Transient bottom and after 300 meters new track is on the left. We've got some really steep ground coming up and will need big berms with tyres and probably two wooden structures to finish it. It will exit from east hill side onto the grass at the bottom. Cheers Kev - on behalf of Brooklyn Trail Builders.
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Re: Polhill Downhill Trail Digging Started

Postby jo on Tue 22/Oct/13 11:15am

Love your work Kev. :love: The top part of Serendipity is running awesome. :thumbsup:
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Re: Polhill Downhill Trail Digging Started

Postby phunk on Tue 22/Oct/13 11:21am

Nice and fast this morning :D

Was wondering though about where the last piece of track is headed, seems rather steep down that last few bits and thought that a few switchbacks down that little gully and out to the main track might be a nice 'easy' line option?
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Re: Polhill Downhill Trail Digging Started

Postby dwgknz on Tue 22/Oct/13 11:28am

Serendipity is a fun run, went down on Friday with a guy from work. Great work!!
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Re: Polhill Downhill Trail Digging Started

Postby properzel on Tue 22/Oct/13 11:43am

jo wrote:Love your work Kev. :love: The top part of Serendipity is running awesome. :thumbsup:


I :love: you too, Kev.
.. no wait!?
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Re: Polhill Downhill Trail Digging Started

Postby CrustyMTB on Tue 22/Oct/13 12:26pm

jo wrote:Love your work Kev. :love: The top part of Serendipity is running awesome. :thumbsup:
Ditto for yesterday. Flowing nicely, with roots to trap the unwary! :satan:
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Re: Polhill Downhill Trail Digging Started

Postby thelongwalk on Tue 22/Oct/13 4:38pm

phunk wrote:Nice and fast this morning :D

Was wondering though about where the last piece of track is headed, seems rather steep down that last few bits and thought that a few switchbacks down that little gully and out to the main track might be a nice 'easy' line option?



Yep that line was looked at- but it would have been some big over engineered berms in a narrow place plus the traffic would merge with the other track, which is against the whole idea of the build. It would also have been a sudden end to the track which drops only 55 metres in about 1.2 k

And easier isn't really a build priority, some of the features left in so far on Serendipity would have been easier to remove. That series of old cement blocks is a case in point- took weeks of mud wallowing compared to building a wooden structure. But we liked them.

We're more interested in the best trail we can build and the end, while it will be a lot of work, should hopefully maintain a flow/fun/I want to ride it again please factor that we are interested in. Also time isn’t really part of it- once we finish this trail there are four more to build so again, who cares about easier/time just try to do the quality.

All this is of course just justifying an addiction. :)
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