Anyone do any DH in Sussex?

RansakaRansaka Posts: 474
I know there's a downhill type run in Wild Park in Brighton and again at Friston Forest but I don't know where. I'm wanting to give DH a go (have just bought a full face lid for the occasion and have a Pitch Comp, alright it's not a Downhill Biek but it should be able to handle it at the speeds I'd be doing it currently) but have no experience/particular skill in that direction other than not falling off riding down the South Downs. Anyone around the area that wouldn't mind showing a DH noob the ropes a bit/showing off your skills?
I know it's a bit cheeky to ask but I figure you get better quicker by riding with people who are better skilled than you and you can learn from and none of mates really mtb at all, let alone do downhill.

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  • I don't (and as you know I'm currently broken) but I know where some of the DH tracks are in Wild Park and Patcham. And once I'm fixed I'd like to have a go too!
  • RansakaRansaka Posts: 474
    Cool stuff :) Hope your ankle fixes up nicely.
  • Luke-DobLuke-Dob Posts: 121
    PORC in Kent. Located just outside Tunbridge Wells would be a good idea. Many different short DH runs with different difficulty.

    A lot of riders there every weekend, and don't worry about the Pitch holding you back. Rode light DH there on one for one year before someone nicked my ride :(

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1DwOa9HOn0

    Short video we made for it. Gives you an idea what its like :D
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  • RansakaRansaka Posts: 474
    Luke-Dob wrote:
    PORC in Kent. Located just outside Tunbridge Wells would be a good idea. Many different short DH runs with different difficulty.

    A lot of riders there every weekend, and don't worry about the Pitch holding you back. Rode light DH there on one for one year before someone nicked my ride :(

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1DwOa9HOn0

    Short video we made for it. Gives you an idea what its like :D

    Really nice vid mate, good eye for how to edit. :)

    Looks epic, will consider that in the warmer months when I've at least got the nerve to do drops and jumps. :oops:
  • This run looks fun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC3dS5KXFKE

    I found it on the way home a few months ago but had run out of energy, bravery and some skillz to ride it properly - best kept for dryer weather though!
  • RansakaRansaka Posts: 474
    Shows how much attention I pay seeing as how I ride down through Patcham Place woods every day on the way to work and didn't notice that trail until the weekend just gone when I spotted a couple of lads building a berm. Might have to have a crack at that once it dries out a touch.
  • Jamie91Jamie91 Posts: 4
    Go Bedgeberry, has some really good downhill parts to practice on if you follow the red route. I got the Pitch Comp as-well, I took that to PORC last week and it handles really well!
  • wildpark has some cool learner tracks with chicken runs past big wallrides and things. good place to learn.
    patcham i found was o.k but nothing too challenging although i've seen alot of effort being put in at the bottom where jumps and pump tracks are being dug out.

    if you have transport then check out the bull track at crowborough they always have a couple of 1 minute DH runs they run races on usually without huge drops and jumps. the occasional tabletop.

    if your thinking of sessioning wildpark often its curteous to help build too, and fix what you destroy or bail on. alot of the stuff like shore up there has been neglected so go easy.
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