Firecrest Mountain Biking – Covid-19 Status Update

Forestry England have updated their guidance and I can return to coaching at Aston Hill Bike Park from Monday 8th June.

At this stage I can only coach on a 1-2-1 basis with social distancing in place, but it’s a start and I’m really looking forward to getting back to Aston Hill Bike Park and getting back to coaching and  developing your MTB skills with you.

I would like to thank everyone that has supported me through these challenging times. It really means a lot to me to have you checking in and supporting me and my family in all the ways you have. I know you can’t wait to get back to improving your skills too. Thank you.

I’d also like to welcome those who have taken up or got back into Mountain Biking during lockdown. if you looking to improve your skills then have a look through the range of mountain bike skills courses we offer or get in touch. There’s no better time to get off on the right track than at the beginning and i have range of courses for riders of all ages and abilities.

Obviously the current restrictions mean that the Young Rider Development Programme – DeVo and the Adult Rider Development Programme group courses can’t be run at this time. As soon as the guidance changes on those I’ll let you know. I know that the DeVo regulars young and ‘old’ can’t wait to get back out training on the Hill. I’m hopefully that we might be able to run some of our popular Summer DeVo Courses towards the end of July or at the begging of August.

Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you on Aston Hill!

Firecrest Mountain Biking Covid-19 Status Update

Monday 23rd March 2020

Ian Warby – Proprietor Firecrest Mountain Biking

Late last night I had the news I was dreading, but felt was inevitable, that Forestry England have closed Aston Hill Bike Park from Monday 23rd March until further notice.

As a result of this closure I am no longer able to run Mountain Bike Skills Courses on Aston Hill. There are no easy decisions in these challenging times and no one ever wants to hear that they are unable to run the business that puts food on the table and a roof over their head but I, like many self-employed small business owners, find myself in that challenging position. However, in these difficult times we are all going to face unprecedented challenges and it’s how we rise to them that’s important.

I have been fortunate to run Mountain Bike Skills Courses on Aston Hill for the past 21 years. This isn’t the first time that I’ve had to close the gates on my business and, although I hope it will be the last, I have a feeling it won’t be. The last time I had to close the gates was due to the Foot and Mouth Outbreak in 2001 when the Government put the countryside into lockdown. We managed to survive that experience and I am sure we will come out of this.

This closure is for our own good and to save lives. I was so pleased to see the mountain bikers on Aston Hill practicing ‘physical/social distancing’ yesterday. After all it’s not hard in the woods with plenty of space and we all have to ride our own bikes at our own pace. However, it seems that the rest of the UK population didn’t have the common sense, or the necessary restraint, to distance themselves from each other. The Forestry Commission has been left with no choice but to close down it’s woodlands to stop people from coming to them, congregating, and spreading this highly contagious virus.

Needless to say, I will of course be offering everyone that’s booked a Course the option to re-book once the Covid-19 Outbreak is over. You also have the option for a full refund for Courses booked later in the year should you wish to get your money back. As a self-employed sole trader in a small business your financial support at this time is much appreciated.

Once again I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers, friends and staff for their continued support. Yes, these are unbelievably challenging times, but getting out for a bike ride will help clear your head and above all it will keep you fit and healthy, with more resilience to fight Covid-19 ‘IF’ you do get it! Stay safe out there and I’ll see you from a safe distance on the Trails (just not the trails on Aston Hill until it re-opens).

Firecrest Mountain Biking Covid-19 Status Update

Wednesday 18th March 2020

Ian Warby – Proprietor Firecrest Mountain Biking

I’m sure this will be the first of many status updates from me as Covid-19 continues to spread.

We find ourselves in uncharted waters, a period where hours have felt like weeks and weeks have felt like years. The Government advice from Monday seems a world a way from the advice they were giving on Tuesday and as a small business owner, like all small business owners, I find myself facing a huge challenge when it comes to making the right decisions with regard to the running of the business and first and foremost prioritising the health of our clients and staff.

Having reviewed all of the guidance and taking into account the fact that we run our Courses in what has to be one of the healthiest environments available, ‘the outdoors’, the lack of contact and the ability to distance from each other, I will continue to offer my Mountain Bike Skills Courses at Aston Hill Bike Park.

Obviously I will be taking steps to ensure that I and my staff are healthy and we will ensure that clients coming for Courses are healthy and are happy to do so. I will of course reschedule Courses that have already been booked, or future booked Courses, should the client feel unwell, be in, or know someone in an ‘at risk’ group, or just not want to take the risk at this time, which is totally understandable.

Of course there is also the risk of adding to the burden placed on the NHS from a rider injury at this very challenging time. Whilst Mountain Biking is viewed by many as high risk Firecrest MTB create an environment where you are learning the essential skills of mountain biking under the watchful eye of a Professional Coach with years of experience. All our Courses are tailored to a participants ability, we never have, and we never will, put pressure on clients to ride something they are not happy to ride, and that will never change.

We will however use our 21 years experience of running MTB Courses to ensure you continue to get the most from your Course and improve your knowledge, skills, and confidence on a mountain bike.

In fact we believe if you wish to continue to ride your mountain bike during the Covid-19 outbreak getting some MTB skills coaching is probably the safest way to ensure you can continue to do so safely and not increase the burden on the NHS.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients, friends and staff for their continued support. Yes, these are challenging times, but getting out for a mountain bike ride will help clear your head and above all it will keep you fit and healthy, giving you more resilience to fight Covid-19 ‘IF’ you do get it! Stay safe out there and I’ll see you on the trails.

If you would like to find out more about the Courses we offer and book yours, you can do so on www.firecrestmtb.com I will be posting regular updates as and when the situation changes. If you have a Course booked I look forward to seeing you. If you are thinking of booking a Course rest assured your health is our priority and I look forward to seeing you soon.

DeVo Level2 Saturday Morning Courses – Winter 2020

Level2  Saturday Morning Courses:

2. Saturday 18th January – 10am – 1pm
3. Saturday 1st February – 10am – 1pm
4. Saturday 15th February – 10am – 1pm

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE>>>

The DeVo2 Mountain Bike Skills Courses at Aston Hill Bikepark will get you riding your Mountain Bike with more confidence and speed. They are a great opportunity to meet likeminded young riders and progress your riding. From getting faster on the trails on Aston Hill through to racing at Local, Regional and National Competitions.

For young mountain bikers coming through our programme of Mountain Bike Skills Courses they build on the skills taught on the Level1 Courses. All the Training Courses Firecrest run provide an insight into the Mountain Bike Skills Essentials that enable you to get the most from your Mountain Bike.

Firecrest MTB’s DeVo Level2 Mountain Bike Skills Courses will be using all the trails on Aston Hill from the Pumptrack to the tight and technical Black Run through to the big jumps and drops on Surface to Air!

All the training is given under the watchful eye of Firecrest MTB’s highly experienced staff providing expert tuition. If you’re looking to develop your Mountain Bike Skills these are the courses for you!

Firecrest’s Mountain Bike Skills Courses are structured to provide a progressive programme of Mountain Bike Skills Training so you can come on them all or just come along on the days you can make to suit.

* All Prices subject to EventBrite Booking Fee.

Aston Hill Bomb Hole Challenge 2019

Sunday 10th November
Aston Hill Bike Park
Supported by Lovelo Cycleworks

The annual Aston Hill Bomb Hole Challenge supported by Lovelo Cycleworks took place on Sunday 10th November. It’s a fund raising event raising money to support the Firecrest MTB Young Rider Development Programme – DeVo. The monies raise are used to support the DeVo Programmes and pay for spares and accessories to keep the young riders on the trials on the Skills Courses run throughout the year.

The racing takes place in the Bomb Holes on Aston Hill (using the one you ride through on the way to the 4X). These are the perfect stage for the Bomb Hole Challenge and the format of the racing is simple. There are two events, the first is the Sprint Lap, individual riders race two laps of the Bomb Hole circuit, one long and one short to set the fastest time. That’s followed by the Team Relay where teams of 4 race head to head over the best of 3 races to take the win.

Senior Male

In the Senior Category Chris Cockrill (Firecrest MTB/Lovelo) set the pace with a time of 24.4 seconds. Lovelo’s own Josh Scott chased him home with a time of 25.7 seconds and Tom Walton rounded out the top 3 seniors with a time of 28.1 seconds.

Women

Kirsty Twelftree (Scott) and Annette Bath lined up to battle for the title of Women’s Champion. Kirsty took the win with a time of 32.7 seconds and Annette came in just over a second behind with a time of 34.4 seconds.

Under 16 Male

George Davis set the pace in the Under 16 Male category with a  time of 26.2 which was fast enough for 3rd overall on the day. Joe Prashner took second with a time of 27.7 and the prize for crash of the day! Lewis Wilkinson rounded out the top 3.

Under 14 Male

Times were super tight in the Under 14 Male category. Alex Benger took the win with a time of 26.5 seconds setting the fourth fastest time of the day. Luke Madley just got the better of his brother George for a change setting times of 27.1 and 27.7 respectively.

Under 12 Male

Josh Benger set the pace with a time of 33.9 meaning that both he and Alex went home with category wins on the day!

Team Racing

The Team Racing is always close and with 4 Teams they raced head to head in a knockout format. The final was Team George vs Team Firecrest with Firecrest taking the win 2-0. Team Firecrest then faced the Women’s Team of Kirsty and Annette who took the win!

Thanks to Lovelo Cycleworks in Berkhamsted for their support and the prizes for the category winners and Team winners.

You can download a PDF of the full results here:- Aston Hill Bomb Hole Challenge 2019 – Results

Ricochet DH Race – Sunday 7th April 2019 – Race Marshals Required

Firecrest Mountain Biking Aston Hill Downhills
Ricochet – Sunday 7th April 2019

Race Marshals Required (£40.00 Contribution to expenses)

Are you available on Sunday 7th April to be a Race Marshal for the Downhill Race on Ricochet?

We are looking for volunteers to be Marshals for the day. We will pay you £40.00 towards your expenses for the day and a full briefing will be given. It’s a great opportunity to support the event, put something back into mountain biking and of course get paid watch all the action.

You’ll need to be 16 years of age or over and be on Aston Hill for a Marshal’s briefing at 8am at Registration. You’ll then be briefed on what to expect and your responsibilities for the day before heading out with the Chief Marshal to take up your Marshal Position trailside. The track then opens for practice at 8.45am with the racing starting at 11am with all racers completing two timed runs and the racing finishing at around 3.30pm approx.

If you are available and would like to volunteer (you’ll get a £40.00 cash contribution to your expenses) then we would love to hear from you.

Please contact us by e-mail at ian@firecrestmtb.com or call us on 07711 638195 many thanks, Ian, Firecrest MTB.

Firecrest Young Rider Development Programme – DeVo – Top Ricochet Run Times

Here are the times from the last Young Rider Development Programme – DeVo on the Saturday 9th March Course where we timed the top section on Ricochet.

Here are the times.

Final Position First Name Last Name Total Elapsed Time
1 Luke Ward 00:42.7
2 Hugo De Boisard 00:43.4
3 Tom Shakespeare 00:43.7
4 Oscar Ingle 00:44.1
5 Will Hearn 00:44.2
6 Dan Rogers 00:44.6
7 James Perry 00:44.9
8 George Davis 00:45.0
8 Alonso Barbour 00:45.0
10 Ollie Cooke 00:45.1
11 Will Tyrell 00:45.2
12 Kenzie Nevard 00:45.9
13 Oliie Blane 00:46.1
14 Josh Rayner 00:46.4
15 Will Rushmere 00:46.8
16 James Annesley 00:47.3
17 Luke Madley 00:47.5
18 Joe Prashner 00:47.9
19 George Madley 00:48.1
20 Finley Gray 00:49.0
21 Adam Bath 00:49.2
22 Tom Gannan 00:49.5
23 Roan DM 00:49.7
24 Finlay Loveless 00:50.1
25 Aiden Swaby 00:50.5
26 Freddie Kane 00:50.7
27 Ollie Sinden 00:51.2
28 Robbie Davidson 00:51.8
29 James Rayner 00:53.1
30 Jonny Ashcroft 00:53.6
31 Travis Beaumont 00:54.1
32 Ollie Laurie 00:54.6
33 Thomas 00:54.7
34 Meghan Nevard 00:54.8
35 Taylor Nevard 00:55.1
36 Ollie Winstone 00:58.9
37 Ben Donald 01:00.2
38 Luke Calibre 01:02.2
39 Ben Prashner 01:03.7
40 Ben Stevenson 01:05.3

You can download a PDF of the race-results here>>>

DMR Bomb Hole Challenge – Aston Hill Bike Park – Report, Results and Pics

The annual Aston Hill DMR Bikes Bomb Hole Challenge took place on Sunday 4th November. It’s a fund raising event raising money to support the Firecrest MTB Young Rider Development Programme. The monies raise are used to support the DeVo Programmes and pay for spares and accessories to keep the young riders on the trials on the Skills Courses run throughout the year.

The racing takes place in the Bomb Holes on Aston Hill using the one you ride through on the way to the 4X. These are the perfect stage for the Bomb Hole Challenge and the format of the racing is simple.

There are two events, the first is the Sprint Lap, individual riders race two laps of the Bomb Hole circuit, one long and one short to set the fastest time. That’s followed by the Team Relay where teams of 4 race head to head over the best of 3 races to take the win.

18yrs and Over – Male

Nick Mathews raced the Bomb Hole Challenge back in 2001 and dropped in again 17 years later to take the win on his DH Bike!

In the 18 and over category Nick Mathews took the win with a time of 24.6 seconds, with Liam Tyrrell in second on a 24.7 second run and Gareth Shaw rounding out the top 3 with a time of 25.5 seconds.

 

 

 

 

17yrs and Under – Male

Tom Shakespeare putting all his Pumptrack training to good use to stop the clock on 24.6 seconds and take the win.

In the under 17 and under category Tom Shakespeare just pipped Alonso Barbour to the win with a times of 24.6 (the same as Nick’s in the 18’s and Overs) and 24.9 seconds respectively. Greg Brookhouse rounded out the top 3 with the same time as Alonso setting a 24.9.

Women

In the women’s category Annette Bath, set the fastest time with Sophie Davies in 2nd and Jo Shakespeare in 3rd place.

Annette Bath setting the pace in the Women’s category

 

 

Results

You can download a PDF of the full results here:- DMR Aston Hill Bomb Hole Challenge 2018

Great pics from Smudgers Photography

Thanks to Kevin from Smudgers Photography you can download some great images from DropBox here>>>

Here are a few more from the day….

DMR Bikes Bomb Hole Challenge 2018

It’s back! The DMR Bikes Bomb Hole Challenge returns to Aston Hill on Sunday 4th November from 10.30am.

It’s a super chilled out fun event raising money for the Young Rider Development Programme known as DeVo for short.

This year DMR have stepped up as title sponsors with some amazing prizes for Sprint Laps Category and Team Competition Winners.

Location

Aston Hill Bike Park – The Bomb Holes on the way to the 4X

Timings

Sunday 4th November from 10.30am

The Sprint Lap Time Trails start from 10.30am.
Team Racing Follows approx. 11.30 – 12pm.

Cost

It costs £1 per go in the Sprint Laps and you can have as many goes as you like to set the fastest time you can.

The Team Competition Cost £4 per team. Don’t worry if you don’t have a team we can put Team’s together on the day.

Event Format

Sprint Laps

It’s simple, for the Sprint Laps you ride one short lap and one long lap (they will be taped on the day) in any order to record your time.

Team Competition

The morning rounds out with the Team Competition. Team of up to 4 riders race head to head in a knockout format to find the fastest team on the day. Last year Ben Deakin and Chris Cockrill won the Team Competition as a pair.

Entries

This event is Entry on the Line. Come and see us at the Bomb Holes on Sunday.

Young Rider Development Programme – Level2 – Autumn/Winter Saturday Morning Courses – 2018

Firecrest Mountain Biking’s Young Rider Development Programme’s (DeVo) popular Saturday Morning MTB Skills Training Courses (Level2) will be running at Aston Hill Bike Park from Saturday 20th October. The Courses are for Mountain Bikers aged from 12 years to 18 years old looking to develop their Mountain Bike Skills.

The Autumn/Winter Saturday Morning Mountain Bike Skills Courses at Aston Hill Bikepark will get you riding your Mountain Bike with more confidence and speed. They are a great opportunity to meet likeminded young riders and progress your riding. From getting faster on the trails on Aston Hill through to racing at Local, Regional and National Competitions.

For young mountain bikers coming through our programme of Mountain Bike Skills Courses they build on the skills taught on the Level1 Courses. All the Training Courses Firecrest run provide an insight into the Mountain Bike Skills Essentials that enable you to get the most from your Mountain Bike.

Firecrest MTB’s DeVo Level2 Mountain Bike Skills Courses will be using all the trails on Aston Hill from the Pumptrack to the tight and technical Black Run through to the big jumps and drops on Surface to Air!

All the training is given under the watchful eye of Firecrest MTB’s highly experienced staff providing expert tuition. If you’re looking to develop your Mountain Bike Skills these are the courses for you!

All of Firecrest’s Mountain Bike Skills Courses are structured to provide a progressive programme of Mountain Bike Skills Training so you can come on them all or just come along on the days you can make to suit.

Courses Dates:

Saturday 1st December – 10am – 1pm – Spaces Available
Saturday 15th December – 10am – 1pm – Spaces Available

Eventbrite - Firecrest MTB - Young Rider Development Programme - Autumn/Winter DeVo 2018