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Hadleigh Park
#21
jonboy1066 Wrote:I found triple trouble terrifying...

resim

I did the middle line loads of times but the right hand line still scares me too much...

One day I'll conquer it... And the gap jump... But as my mate broke his arm in 2 places on our last visit I've not returned.

Pah! Doesn't look too bad from the comfort of my chair ;-)

Except that sticky-outy bit formed by the rock immediately above the logo stone, could be troublesome - if I'm seeing it right.
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#22
sirromj Wrote:Except that sticky-outy bit formed by the rock immediately above the logo stone, could be troublesome - if I'm seeing it right.
To me that looks like the 'route edge marker' same as the sticky up stone on the R/H side of bike in that pic.

It's funny how hills of any size or steepness look more doable from the bottom than the top :o
Jay Dubster.
Moved to Radstock (nr Bath) but often in Medway & up for a pootle.

2015 Whyte T130 Yari
2009 Trek 8000
2014 Boardman Team Carbon (yawn) 
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#23
Went to Hadleigh Park today, rode around 12 miles while there. Here's my quick review.

The red rock garden where the rocks are spaced out a bit, I found quite tricky going OTB on the first lap, and it actually gave me more trouble than the black sections which while being quite steep didn't cause great difficulty as they were all rollable while keeping speed in check. One exception of course being Triple Trouble which I didn't really discover until the last minute. Triple Trouble was the only black section I felt necessary to properly look at before going into. Standing at the top of the hard line on the right it looked massive. If you took it at speed it wouldn't be too difficult to clear the whole thing causing the drop to become well over 2 metres (if not 3). A guy came along and showed how it is done, but I chose to do the easier middle line instead.

Another area Hadleigh left me feeling wanting was berms. None of them are particularly big and for me it was difficult to gauge the correct speed for leaving me frequently late breaking.

There were also a few families with toddlers doing the red section, as well as people just standing in the middle of the trails instead of to the side.

The other thing about it, as hinted at earlier, was I never really figured out if there was a proper loop which took in the whole lot. I expected to be able to do a lap of the course and see all the features without having to stop and work anything out. Not a massive issue

Overall I'd be very happy to have it close by as a local venue, and if you're in the area for other reasons it's well worth popping down to if you've got time, but I wouldn't want to travel from Margate without having other things to do also. It does have features which tested my ability and exposed weak areas in my riding (which felt like all of it on the first lap) and I did enjoy it, especially after pausing for a coffee and bite to eat.

Here's some action replays of me flopping around like Mr Soft in the skillz area.

[bbvideo=1280,720]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEyRoRZgwm8[/bbvideo]
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#24
Si_S and I went here with our families a few weeks ago. Was quite surprised at the Black sections as they were far more technical than they looked on TV

The 3-7yr old kids loved the mini pump track and skills area.
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