New UK Bike Park: The 417 Project
After a year of blood, sweat and tears, Flyup Downhill are finally announcing The 417 Project, the biggest privately owned mountain bike facility in the UK.
The hundred acres of land houses six downhill tracks from blue to black grade, supported by the slick uplift service you’ve come to expect from Flyup. A World Cup standard 4X track and Dual Slalom run will also be serviced by the country’s first MTB drag lift. The Jump bag, freeride area and two acre dirt jump arena will no doubt be enough to entice every rider. For those seemingly more frequent rainy British days and dark winter nights, there are two separate indoor riding barns, totalling over 1,100 square metres. There will be a café, bike shop and workshop on site too, making sure you can keep fuelled and keep riding.
So where is this place…it’s probably in the middle of nowhere? Nope. The 417 Project is only four minutes from Junction 11a of the M5 motorway in Gloucestershire, 40 minutes from the Forest of Dean and an hour and a half from West London. With a Premier Inn hotel just 500m down the road, it’s a no-brainer to spend a weekend with FlyUp, with the Forest of Dean and The 417 Project on the doorstep.
However, The 417 Project isn’t your usual trail centre or bike park, they really do have it all. You will be able to arrive with any genre of mountain bike and be able to have a ton of fun on some of the best trails the UK has to offer.
Flyup aim to open the park in Autumn 2014, and initial construction has been in progress for two months. Flyup have chosen to use Indiegogo Crowd Funding to raise the final amount needed and to give people a chance to get involved in helping us realise the last little bits of the project, and you can find a link to their project here: igg.me/at/the417project
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