Whistler "Air Dome" open to public! 

Whistler Blackcomb's Air Dome's gone public, here's what they've got to say:

WHISTLER, BC, August 8, 2006 ˆ Riders who like to spend more time in the air than on the ground have cause to celebrate with the launch of Whistler Blackcomb's Air Dome to the public slated for the remainder of the summer season, August 12 until October 9, 2006.

"Whistler Blackcomb‚s Air Dome is the only mountain bike specific foam pit training facility in the world," says Rob McSkimming, VP of Business Development at Whistler Blackcomb. "Combine the potential our Air Dome with the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and you have the world‚s ultimate arena for progression right here in Whistler."

The Air Dome features a massive pit with multiple in-runs filled to the brim with $26,000 worth of foam, a table-top ramp, a quarter-pipe, a half-pipe, and wall rides. Located at Base II and easily accessed by the Magic Chair at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, the Air Dome was first introduced earlier this summer to riders taking part in the Summer Gravity Camps (SGC).

"The level of progression that a facility like the Air Dome can drive was really illustrated to us through the achievements of two young local riders that competed in last months Kokanee Crankworx," says McSkimming. "Alex Prochazka and Kyle MacDonald of Whistler were both working on backflips in the Air Dome‚s foam pit prior to competing in the Kokanee Slopestyle. They mastered the move in the dome and then pulled it out in competition to successfully compete against the world‚s best. Fifteen year old Kyle competed in the finals and ranked 17th out of a field of 86 athletes."

Public access to the Air Dome will provide the ultimate learning experience for riders looking to take their technical skills to the next level. The Air Dome is a supervised facility and all of the features can be used to learn intricate tricks such as barrel rolls, 360's, tail whips and even double backflips in a safer manner with less potential consequence than what is possible when training on dirt. Basic air awareness and less technical moves can also be learned in the Air Dome.

"The Air Dome allowed my campers to progress in a controlled and safe environment," says Andrew Shandro, Director of Summer Gravity Camps. "It is the perfect training facility."

More details, openning times etc here

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I stumbled across this site the other day and there are some great resources for UK biking and a sweet gallery too! Check out moredirt.co.uk for more info.

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Afan Uplifts!! 

God bless Mr. Geraint Wilson who is now offering uplifts at Afan Forest! You can cram in all that lovely DH singletrack without passing out and being asked by well meaning fellow cyclists if you're 'all right mate?' as you puff your way up the snaking climbs!

Here's what the site says:

The shuttle runs every Sat and Sun from 8.30am to 5pm at the Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre and Afan Forest Park car park

The price is £5 per person per track or £25 for a day ticket (unlimited drop-offs )

There is a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 7

This service runs right through the year, and from April will run seven days 8.00am to 8.00pm

There is no need to book at weekends unless you want a day ticket

Booking recommended for mid week and night rides

The service will take you from either centre up to any point on SKYLINE, WHITES LEVEL, THE WALL and PENHYDD. It will also pick you up from local bus and train stations and drop you at either centre and return you to the station at the end of the day

For more info visit Afan Adventure

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New Charge Bikes 

These bikes are abosulutely mint and in our opinion an absolute bargain too! They should be available in UK shops by the end of August so if you're in the market for a steel hardtail you should SERIOUSLY consider a Charge.

IRON COMPLETE 24" - £449

BLENDER MID 26" - £599

BLENDER HIGH 26" - £899

STOVE 26" - £299

For more info visit www.chargebikes.com

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Thought the guys at Stopadoodledoo had Stopadoodledopped but their unique editorial will live on forever! Read and enjoy.

Those of you who ride near Peaslake will appreciate the related post (unless that's you in the pictures!)


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Strawberry Water Photography 

Some great biking photos from photographer Lucy Wilson. I just came accross this site whole looking for some Okefreeriders pics and there are some great shots on there.

Strawberry Water Photography

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ORB Training - The Jam 

John and the guys at ORB are putting on their Summer event, 'The Jam', at their 40 acres of mint trails up in Wakefield.

This is going to be an awesome weekend with Dirt Jumping, Team Events, Guest DJ's, enough riding to choke a donkey and to cap it off a proper Slopestyle course just being finished off as we speak!

If you go to one jam this year then go to this one! Just check out the links below if you need some convincing.


ORB Training

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Oke Freeriders' Summer Jam 


Okefreeriders Summer Northshore Jam Sunday August 6th

Okefreeriders (Okehampton & Area MTB Club) are holding a northshore jam on Sunday 6th August. The event will take place at the trails built and developed by the club at Abbeyford Woods, near Okehampton.

Following the success of our first northshore jam which took place earlier this year, we're holding another event, hoping to make it even bigger and better. Okefreeriders have been building northshore trails at Abbeyford Woods near Okehampton since 2004, and the trails have been growing in popularity ever since. The woods are owned by the Forestry Commission and the club has forged a strong relationship with the organisation. 2006 has seen a lot of new trails being built with the aid of a grant provided by the Lottery funded scheme, Awards-For-All, in addition to our ever enthusiastic group of trail builders.

The event is open to non club members and we are hoping that people will attend from all over the country. There is no charge for riding. The first event which took place on March 26th saw around 50 riders turn up to endure the wind and rain. Despite all this everyone enjoyed themselves and most said they'd return, hence the planned event. We're hoping good weather will see the number of riders swell to well over 100.

The day is set to start at 10AM, and the whole of the northshore site will be open to ride. We're then planning on having some judged sessions, with riders judged on flow and style through the various obstacles. These sessions will be judged by Norco rider Cliff Barbeary. We've approached several bike manufacturers and distributors asking them to provide prizes, and the response has been good.

There will be food and drink provided all day in the form of a barbecue, with all proceeds going to the club.

For more info please visit our website www.okefreeriders.co.uk

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