The Forestry Commission along with the Rough Riderz Downhill Club appointed adaptive bike trail construction contractor Conservefor and Architrail to design and build the Forest of Dean’s first downhill trail for use by four wheeled adaptive bikes.

Conservefor deployed an adaptive bike trail construction team to work with our design partners Architrail. The 720 metre long trail would descend 75 metres with large berms, rollers and table tops. The trail width would be increased to allow for the additional width of adaptive bikes. In addition the trail would also be equally as challenging and enjoyable on a standard mountain bike.

Our adaptive bike trail construction team began by bench cutting the base shape of the trail into the hillside. Next locally sourced stone was imported onto the ride line before shaping could commence. Our plant operator using our custom excavator began to shape and landscape the larger than usual features into the hillside. Finally, a local dust was applied to the trail to help consolidate the surface. The use of local stone helped the trail blend in with the surrounding landscape.

Our team’s previous experience in adaptive bike trail construction has allowed us to identify and plan for changes to working methods caused by the additional width of the trails. Common trail features were also adapted to enable their use by adaptive bikes whilst above all, being enjoyable by all riders.

Our highly experienced trail building team use the following machinery and equipment:

  • 3 tonne 360 excavators with tilt rotate attachments
  • 5 tonne 360 excavators with power tilt attachments
  • 3 tonne tracked dumper adapted for use in Forestry sites
  • 800kg tracked barrow

All operators are trained to CPCS level or equivalent and have years of experience operating machinery on challenging terrain. Strict re fuelling and maintenance procedures are in place to ensure safe working practices and above all ensure environmental risks are kept to a minimum.