Words: Richard Packer
Photos: Stephen Betts and Jack Wilson
Videos: Stephen Betts and Sheena Palmer
Location: Kewstoke Road, Weston-Super-Mare, Devon.
History of the trails:
The jumps have been around for at least ten years but the exact birth date is unknown to us. They started as one jump which was at the end of a downhill track and the spot evolved from there. When I came to ride them about eight or nine years ago there was a six pack and a few other jumps dotted around. After some years we took over the job of looking after the spot and have gradually grown it into what it has become today.
Describe your trails:
There are two lines: The first is a smallish line with six jumps with some rollers and berms. I would not describe the line as a beginner line but the first jump is a tabletop and we often get beginners practicing on it.
The second is a bigger line which consists of nine jumps and some berms. The line is faster and also quite technical in places. Both lines finish in step up trick style jumps. There is a separate trick jump with two take offs and run ins (small and big) which both use the same landing. There is also a disgruntled pump track at the top which tends to get used by motocross riders.
Myself, Rich Packer
These are the main ones but we get quite a bit of help from people who come down to ride, especially the Redhill boys and girls and there's quite a few people from Bristol who help too.
Updates/changes for 2012:
Two new lines are being built at the moment: A monster line and a medium sized line and the trick jump is new this year. The place is always changing and I always have loads of plans.
Long term trails/digging goals:
Finish new lines, accommodate all riding levels, keep up with maintenance.
I would like to ride your trails. Are they open to the public or private/invite only? Is there a local I can contact to ask to ride? And does it matter whether I ride a BMX or a MTB?
I don't think they get much more public than this. Anyone's welcome. The soft sandy dirt suits a mountain bike more though. Just have some respect and manners (like everywhere else you go to). If you want to get hold of us then you can do so via our Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/sandbaydirtjumps/
Not really, just a few skateparks.
Any jams or contests going on at your trails this year?
Almost certainly but nothing has been planned yet.
Anything else you’d like to add?
If you are coming down for a ride then make sure you wear a helmet and fit a brake, and check out our Facebook group for the rules about riding here: www.facebook.com/groups/sandbaydirtjumps/.