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Winter Digging: RedHill Dirt Jumps

The Redhill Extreme crew are a keen bunch and were out on January the first spade in hand to shift some turf.

Morgan Hampton sent over the news:

So 2011 is here and I’ve already got “itchy shovel fingers”. It’s a long time until spring but Redhill needs some love, and I need to burn off some Christmas poundage.

So thanks to the wonder of Facebook word was quickly spread, and about a dozen brave individuals turned up on Sunday to face the cold wet clay. It wasn’t too wet or boggy (much to our surprise), but wellies were still the order of the day; though not everyone thought this logic applied to them! Fuelled by Neil’s generous donation of free energy drinks and chocolate, many hands made light work.

The basic premise was to downsize and mellow out the larger line of dirt jumps, making them a bit friendlier to get through. They’re still big mind, but should be more fun and easier to throw the tricks down on. The smaller table line also needed tweaking to improve the flow of it, and to help it drain better. Thanks to loads of keen spades, this was done before we knew it. This meant we could start regenerating some of the older hip lines, and also start on some new lines.

We’re looking at holding regular dig days as we move into spring, which will be advertised on the Redhill Extreme Facebook group. At the moment it’ll be concentrating on the dirt jumps, so they’ll have time to settle and be re-shaped before opening.

The 4X and pump tracks will receive attention as the weather improves. If everything goes to plan Redhill should be ready to re-open to the public early April, though regular digging volunteers may get rewarded with an early pre-season session.

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