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Trail Development Plan 2nd Quarter 2009


Introduction This document must be used with reference to BCC Trail Development Plan. This plan will cover the full area shown in Figure 1, which has been broken into the following areas; The Allotment The Extended Area

(The area within the blue boundary) (The area within the green boundary, to be further defined ASAP)

The Allotment has itself been further broken down into sections based upon the lay of the land (See Figure 2). Each can be described as follows; B1 - Bowl 1; B2 - Bowl 2; B3 - Bowl 3; P - Plateau; M - Marsh;

Bk - Bank;

Moderate/steep slope, defined gully, natural undulations, moderate/dense tree coverage, some bushes, forest track access. Steep slope, moderate to dense tree coverage, good drainage, some bushes, forest track access. Steep/moderate/gentle slope, moderate tree coverage, good drainage, some bushes, forest track access. Almost flat, sparse tree coverage, many bushes, good drainage, forest track access. Moderate/gentle slope, moderate tree coverage, derelict building, stream, dense ground life (scarlet elf cups), many bushes, poor drainage, forest track access. Gentle slope, moderate tree coverage, some bushes, good drainage, forest track access.

Areas not subject to ‘planned activity’ or ‘further planning’ will be excluded from each plan appropriately. General course maintenance (raking, clearing and remarking) are assumed to be necessary on all courses at all times. The frequency of each should be based upon use and ground conditions. Progress is estimated based upon over 12 months of BCC trail building activities, using an average of Dig Day attendance to date. The next trail plan, '3rd Quarter 2009' will be published before the 9th of October 2009.

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Figure 1

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Figure 2

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Short Term – 3 months The Allotment Area B1 This area has had the most use from mountain bikers over the past 10 years. It is the most developed area with three existing, open trails and evidence of many wild trails and borrow pits. This area will be the focus of all trail building activity over the short term.

General Area Planned activity: • • • • • • •

Collect and pile wood and rocks for use during trail building, and to tidy the area. Identify the best location for the seating area. Erect notice board at seating area. Dismantle pre-existing (and unused) trail features to create new trail features and return currently unused areas to nature. Fill pre-existing borrow pits to make them safe. Build safe push up routes for each course (existing routes will be blocked so they cannot be used.) Clear rideable route across to the top of Spoons and BBMS from the top fire road.

Further Planning: •

Club hut & tool store initial discussions / plans.

Existing Trails Trail Name: Trail Type: Trail Grade: Trail Summary:

143 DH / freeride Red (but accessible to Orange) Undulating, intermediate & advanced jumps and drops, bermed corners, fast, smooth.

Planned Activity: • •

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Improve drainage throughout the gully. Slight re-route of the course through the two berms on the plateau to improve the flow. Treating the main line and 'Thread the Needle' separately rather than compromising each. Build rollable double as the next feature (after the current tabletop). This will route the trail straight towards 'M', (parallel to the fire road that currently forms the base of all trails) this will allow for a bottom section to be built for 'Spoons' and 'BBMS'. Shape the bank after the new drop off (at the top of the course), so that it connects back onto the 'Wall Ride'. Repair and improve the 'chicken run' that misses “Mini Step’” (the drop before “Flip Flop”) to make riding 'Flip Flop' less challenging.

Further Planning:

None

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Trail Name: Trail Type: Trail Grade: Trail Summary:

BBMS DH Red / Black Very tight, technical, advanced roots, not v steep, fast, off camber, intermediate rocks, small but advanced drops.

Planned Activity:

Re introduce the corner after the log drop . This will be done by constructing a large wooden course marker placed on the left hand side both before and after the log drop. This will force the rider to take the new route and be visible far in advance of the feature. Re-route the log drop 'chicken run' to improve flow, whilst better controlling rider speed into the next section.

Further Planning:

• Trail Name: Trail Type: Grade: Trail Summary:

None Spoons DH Red / Black Open, fast, steep, technical, advanced roots, intermediate rocks, advanced large jumps and drops, high speed corners.

Planned Activity: • • •

Construct a new longer (and safer) rock garden. Rocks to be fixed in place and positioned so that the racing line is the hardest. Improve corner beforehand to enhance challenge and improve drainage. Rebuild the top step down feature so that it includes three different levels of drop; rollable, intermediate and expert. As part of this work the run in will be widened (between fire road and the drops) and drainage improved.

Further Planning: •

Extension of the trail down to the mid forest track (B1 - M interface). Trail corridor will be parallel to the central fire road, on its east side.

Area Bk This area has not previously been used by mountain bikers. It has one trail feature, a tabletop, previously built by the BCC but isolated and effectively unused. General Area Planned Activity: •

None

Further Planning: •

A thorough plan of the 'skills area' to be completed. Including detailed visual plans of layout showing trail features, seating areas, push up routes and information points. Material, plant and labour costs and availability will also be produced.

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Mid Term – 12 months The Allotment Area B1 This area will be nearing full definition, with all planned trails / trail corridors defined. General Area Status: All felled and fallen timber stacked, Club hut & tool store and seating area fully constructed and notice boards erected. Further Planning: Additional black grade DH descent. Existing Trails Trail Name: Trail Type: Trail Grade: Trail Summary:

‘Groovy Blue’ XC/AM Blue Flowing single track descent starting at the top of the allotment, along side the deer fence B1, ending at the bottom of M. Fully accessible to all abilities.

Status: Thorough detailed plans should be in place with the very bottom section through M suitable for use extending BBMS, Spoons on 143 on Tickertape days. Trail Name: Trail Type: Grade: Trail Summary:

Spoons DH Red / Black Open, fast, steep, technical, advanced roots, intermediate rocks, advanced large jumps and drops, high speed corners.

Status: Trail to be completed at this stage. Trail Name: Trail Type: Trail Grade: Trail Summary:

BBMS DH Red / Black Very tight, technical, advanced roots, not v steep, fast, off camber, intermediate rocks, small but advanced drops.:

Status Trail to be fully defined at this stage, awaiting the completion of the bottom section (to B1-M boundary)

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Trail Name: Trail Type: Trail Grade: Trail Summary:

143 DH / freeride Red (but accessible to Orange) Undulating, intermediate & advanced jumps and drops, bermed corners, fast, smooth.

Status Trail to be fully defined at this stage, awaiting the completion of the bottom section (to B1-M boundary)

Area Bk The site at Bk will be completed, skills area and a satellite site focusing on drop offs (location TBC) also completed.

Area B3 Initial discussion / planning of it's development.

The Extended Area The use of this area will be negotiated with detailed scope of use defined. Initial trail network plans in place.

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Long Term – 36 months The Allotment BBMS, Groovy Blue, 143, Spoons, Skills area, and an additional black grade DH completed in full. Full Allotment plan will be completed, including planned development in every sector. B3 trail development under way.

The Extended Area Licence in place. firm trail network plans completed.

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Ultimate – 120 months BCC Trails* *Name TBC The ultimate goal of the Black Canon Collective (BCC) is to provide permanent, purpose built mountain bike (MTB) trails in the Longleat area. More specifically; to develop the ‘Allotment’ site and some surrounding woodland into a professionally run, purpose built, mountain bike trail network, to cater for the full spectrum of abilities and broad range of MTB disciplines. At this stage the area will be treated as a whole, with all trails fully developed and maintained by the BCC.

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BCC Trail Development Plan - 2nd Quarter 2009