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place Cannock Chase Trail Centre, Rugeley, WS15 1ND
Stile Cop Bikepark Located at Cannock near Rugely is a Bike Park with 9 DH trails ranging from Red to highly technical Black and a small skills/jump track.
A smooth, wide, fast and flowing course. The original official course on the hill is aimed at intermediate riders with a series of drops and jumps all the way to the bottom. a good warm up for your first run although watch the carpet of loose pebbles during dry summer spells!
The Red Course also leads onto the following trails;
First left option off the red course, to start it gets tighter and steeper then the Red course. The over the 'gas line' and into some off camber roots and flatter corners. Drop off the tree stump and into a fast rooty rattle. Jump towards the fire road then hit the tight Red course finish.
A pumpstastic, jumptastic playground. Break off CDL at the gas line and get ready to smile as you hit the flowing and progressive jumps and berms finishing with the Wallride.
Snakes ‘n Ladders.
Head down the Red course through the large left hander and Snakes breaks right. One of the larger ladder drops on the hill sends you into the snaking steep chute. a small but sweet right hand climbing berm into a left hand hip. Elevated ladder drop into another sweet but tricky berm to finish.
Starting on the same platform as the Red Course the Black is a narrow singletrack line on one of the flattert parts of the hill. A series of small jumps, drops and rock gardens take you down the hill. Some sticky off camber sections and a steeper chute brings you into the grand finale. A step down drop into a long right hand berm with a second step down to the finish line.
Opened in September 2012 after a long closure for upgrading & rebuilding. Walleater is the biggest trail on the hill and is a test for the best riders. Built with a more freeride feel the trail starts with a rock backed double into a short steep chute. A gap into a big left had hip brings you to a steep road gap with bermed corner dropping down to the showpiece Sky Berm. The Sky Berm is an elevated timber berm (not a wallride) which swings you right into a small drop. Land the drop and hit the rock gap into left, then right handed berms before hitting a little kicker to rejoin the Red Course.
The Dark Side
For years the unofficial playground for local riders Chase Trails worked closely with the Forestry Commission to get support to bring these trails up to specification required for the Bike Park. Head up from the main start area to a smaller platform which opens up another range of trails;
Open, fast and fun. Full speed all the way into sweeping corners, nice jumps with a series of tight and twisty corners towards the finish. Head straight over a short sharp root section into a neat drop through a tree to finish.
Start on the Ridge Run and break left, off-camber corners and roots, things start to get trickier on this line.
Follow Alice through the looking glass for a wheels on the ground introduction into a more technical trail.
Named after Rocky himself this trail started as an experiment in using bigger rocks on the hill, with a ladder drop and decent sized kicker to lead you into a fast singletrack finish.
Not-so-new anymore this is a culmination of various ideas from elsewhere on the hill and the minds of some of our more experienced local talent. Wide and fast to start, a rock garden take you into the trees for some serious roots and the 2 fastest drops on the hill, a squirmy surface and pinball feel into the tight trees is a must for any serious rider visiting the hill. Tested and given props by Steve Peat himself in the Racers Guild Charity event in the Autumn of 2008 you’ve got to be on it to get the most out of this trail.
All trails are marked at the start with difficulty levels and it's only a short push back up to the top so expect to gets lots of runs under your belt.
There's Free parking in the Forestry Commission car park 100 meters or so up the hill from the main fire road entrance.
Monthly timed practice event run by Racers Guild, a great introduction to riding against the clock, good vibe and some very talented riders including UK Expert category participate regularly. This is not a race.
Please note: Distance is calculated as air distance or "as the crow flies" the most direct route between two points, so the distance by road maybe slightly longer.
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