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Wisley Trails: The Pizza Jam

Wisley trails have been part of the UK dirt jump scene for what seems like forever… carved and sculpted over many, many years, but even they need some cash from time to time. Words and images by Gareth Howell.

Wisley trails have been part of the UK dirt jump scene for what seems like forever… carved and sculpted over many, many years, but even they need some cash from time to time…

Taken from Dirt issue 140, October 2013

As you may or may not know, at Wisley trails we have an arrangement whereby we have to pay for a licence to use the land that the trails are built on. This costs a fair chunk of money, so in order to raise some funds it was decided that it was time for one of those old trails favourites… a jam, but this year we decided to add a bit of a twist. You see there’s one thing that Wisley has that not many other spots do, and that is a pizza oven.

Digs (local trail building legend and Wisley regular) built it a few years ago and over the riding/digging seasons has perfected it to the point where a freshly made pizza will cook in around two minutes or less, and it’ll be one of the best you’re likely to find anywhere. So by combining this with a bit of riding the pizza jam was born; essentially get a load of trails riders down for a sweet session and make a bit of munch for people in exchange for donations towards the trails.

A dry week meant that the trails were riding smooth and fast, almost too fast, as I’m sure a few of the guy’s wrists will testify to! The turnout was good, a nice mix of friendly faces and new ones, both BMX and MTB getting their shred on together. World Cup racer Brendan Fairclough even decided to come along for a ride! The atmosphere was pretty chilled, not a big trick fest, just a bunch of trails riders flowing around having fun. Although having said that, Ralf and Jonny were going a bit crazy, riding through the biggest line side by side, something which shouldn’t be possible and little heart–stopping to watch, if either had gone an inch or two off line it could have ended in a pretty nasty crash. Early afternoon and it was time to light the fire and get some pizza on the go. We underestimated the demand a little, and a production line had to be set up, with everything being prepped on the picnic bench and then expertly cooked by Digs, who was knackered by the end of it, there must have been 30–40 of the things by the time ingredients ran out!

All in all I think a good day was had by all and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone that came down and chipped in, we raised about £150 towards paying our licence, cheers guys, much appreciated!

Click through to view the full gallery of the Wisley Trails Pizza Jam…

 

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