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TRACK BUILDING TIPS

1. Choosing The Site
2. Desiging The Course
3. Building the Supercross Track
4. Go Big with Takeoffs, Tabletops and Whoops

CHOOSING THE SITE

A lot of you have been e-mailing us wanting some help on your practice tracks at home. Sometimes it's for the whole project and we have been doing some designs and sending guys out to do the jobs, and we appreciate the business. But sometimes its something smaller, or just a question, or somebody just wanting to make an improvement or a change on their existing track.

That's what this new section of our site is going to offer... answers to some common questions, tips on making the building process simpler,and ending up with a fun, safe practice track.

PICKING THE SITE

Sounds basic right...? Well it is and it isn't. Here's a couple things to keep in mind that will make things a lot easier as you get further along.

FIRST... SIZE DOES MATTER!
Make sure you have enough space to begin with, you need a minimum length of approx. 400' if you want room to string a series of obstacles together or to get your bike out of second gear.

Width is more important yet. You will need 220' minimum if you want 5 lanes and a start area or 6 lanes of track. That's about the same dimensions we are using at a football shape stadium, which probably seems too wide for what your doing because you don't need a full width starting area.

Remember, your track is outside and it has to last more than a few days. That means you have got to be able to work on it occasionally and it has to drain. You can't put your lanes right up against each other like we do in a stadium. You have got to leave room to get a tractor or a water truck or whatever in between the lanes and you have to leave room for water to run off in between the lanes after a rain

So our guideline is a 20' lane and a 20' space, a 20' lane, a 20' space, etc... 6 lanes and 5 spaces = 220' wide. If the track is going to be fenced add another 15' or so around the perimeter for a space before the fence. So, a good minimum size is 250' x 400'

SECOND...TERRAIN IS GOOD!
You are always better off with a piece of property with a slope or some rolling hills on it, even if you plan to build a Supercross style track with all man made obstacles. This is because the dirt you will need for building the obstacles will be generated on the site by the leveling process as you get ready to build.

Buying and trucking dirt is extremely expensive and you don't want to do it if you don't have to. Additionally, you don't need to go all the way to perfectly level. A couple feet of fall left on the site will be unnoticeable to the eye or when riding and will help you to make the finished track drain correctly after a rain. If you want a more natural terrain track the value of a piece of property with some elevation is even more obvious.

THIRD... GOT DIRT?
If your only choice is flat terrain without the luxury of being able to generate the dirt on site, then you are going to have to live with a more Supercross style of track as opposed to natural terrain. And you have to think about location as compared to dirt source. Where is the dirt coming from? Are you going to dig into a hillside or bank, are you going to dig a pond, are you going to buy the dirt and have it trucked in?

You should plan your site around the realities of where the dirt is coming from. You will need about 3,500 cu. yds for a nice full size course, and you are looking for a clay based material that will compact well to hold shape.

LAST... DO SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF!
Think of the little stuff now and save big headaches later. Do you have to have any permits, permissions, etc to work, build, ride here? Any environmental concerns? What about noise... close enough to anybody to have a problem there? How 'bout dust... where are you gonna get water from and how are you going to water the track?

Parking, trees or rocks too close to the track lanes for safety, shade, emergency access. Who's gonna ride here and how do you keep others out, insurance liability, etc.

Okay that's it for picking the site. Keep checking this section as updates will come every few weeks with new topics from design, to jump spaces and angles, how to build whoops, etc.
Next Tip: Desiging The Course

Rich Winkler, Dirt Wurx USA




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