Aston Hill Bike Park – Temporary Closure for Tree Felling and Re-investment.

Just as I thought 2020 couldn’t throw any more curved balls, I get the news that Aston Hill Bike Park won’t be re-opening after the second Lockdown and that it will have to close for 6-8 months so that the large number of ash trees with ‘chalara ash dieback’ can be felled by Forestry England.

Aston Hill Bike Park has been the home of my Firecrest Mountain Biking business in various forms for 23 years, so in many ways I see Aston Hill Bike Park as a ‘member of my family’. I have spent thousands of hours on ‘the Hill’ riding, racing, promoting Races, trail building and skills coaching. It has generated so many good memories, friends and standout moments which means this news has been a devastating blow, especially coming on the back of such a challenging year with the Covid-19 Pandemic.

For 22 years I have run Mountain Bike Skills Courses at Aston Hill Bike Park, returning to run them full time again from 2015. Firecrest Mountain Biking is my sole source of income so my first thoughts on hearing the news of the closure was to source a local alternative. Fortunately the staff at Rushmere Country Park on the outskirts of Leighton Buzzard, 15 miles from Aston Hill, have welcomed me with open arms. It’s a fantastic venue for my Mountain Bike Skills Training. What it lacks in the elevation we enjoy on Aston Hill it makes up for with a series of short feature filled ‘gravity trails’ and a winding 6 kilometre cross-country trail that has some excellent sections for training.

The best news is that I can continue to offer my full programme of Skills Courses and Training for riders of all ages and abilities across the mountain bike disciplines of Downhill, Enduro and Cross-Country. The even better news for those that found the ground conditions, particularly in the wet, challenging on Aston Hill you’ll be pleased to hear that Rushmere Country Park sits on the Greensands Ridge and has very similar ground conditions to Woburn/Aspley/Chicksands with the sandy loam surface offering up lots of year round grip.

If you have a Course booked I’ll be in touch with all the details you need on your booking and the new venue.If you haven’t got round to booking your Course find out more on our website . I look forward to seeing you for some training in the future at Rushmere.

Firecrest is not leaving Aston Hill for good. The silver lining to this cloud is that this is a chance for Aston Hill Bike Park to get a much needed make over, refresh the ageing trails and new trail sections to be added. With heavy machinery coming in to carry out the felling works there will be some sections of trail that will be unrecognisable once the the trees are gone. Over 300 plus trees of concern are peppered across the Hill and other trees are being thinned to improve the woodland ecology. Aston Hill will look a little different when we return which should offer up some great options when it comes to refurbishing the trails.

I’ll be working with Bike Park Chilterns CIC (Community Interest Company) to ensure Aston Hill Bike Park can come back better than ever and we can get back to riding the trails that we’ve all come to know and love and with an added new twist. Keep an eye on my social media feeds for updates, the latest on the work being carried out on Aston Hill, and the Skills Courses I’m running at Rushmere Country Park.

See you on the trails!

Firecrest Mountain Biking – Covid-19 Status Update

Forestry England have updated their guidance and I can return to running group course coaching alongside the 1-2-1 courses I have been running at Aston Hill Bike Park.

This means that I can get back to running the Young Rider Development Programme – DeVo and the Adult Rider Development Programme group courses.

There’s just enough time to squeeze in some Young Rider Development Courses before the end of the Summer Holidays. We are running at Level1 and DeVo Evo Course on Tuesday 25th August and a Level2 Course on Thursday 27th August. You can find out more and book your place here>>>

Again 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.

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

Firecrest MTB on the Downtime Podcast

Firecrest Mountain Biking’s founder Ian Warby met up with Chris Hall from the Downtime Podcast back in February to discuss how Ian got started, his 30yrs in Mountain Biking and his journey through the sport to date.

Discussing racing mountain bikes through the 90’s, how Ian set up Aston Hill Bike Park and how he developed the Firecrest Mountain Biking Skills System and how it’s become the An Operating System for going fast!

You can visit the Downtime Podcast Website here>>>

You can listen to the Downtime Podcast below.

Book your Mountain Bike Skills Course here>>>

Pinned TV – Vlog – Firecrest Young Rider Development Programme – DeVo

We welcomed Tod Buchanan and his Dad Jim from Pinned TV down to Aston Hill for the day to join last Thursday’s Level2 Young Rider Development Programme known as DeVo for short.

Tod spent the day hanging out with the DeVo regulars, getting some training and polishing up his MTB Skills at Aston Hill Bike Park.

The next Level2 Course is on Saturday 23rd June from 10am – 1pm and our Level1 and Level2 Courses will be back in the Summer Holidays.

Find out more about the DeVo Programme Here>>


Aston Hill – Lovelo Racing Team at Rnd 1 of the National Downhill Series

Cwmcarn Forest – South Wales
Sunday 8th April 2018
Intro – Ian Warby – Firecrest MTB
Race Report – Joe Kilner and Aston Hill – Lovelo Race Team

Well it felt like the longest off season ever with a cold and wet winter to go with it, but as the saying goes ‘time wait for no one’ and the First Round of the all new National Downhill Series rolled round early in April.

The racer’s headed back to Cwncarn in South Wales to get the National Series off to flying start for 2018. With best chance in years to see the best in the World compete at a DH within 4 hours of London spectators headed to Cwmcarn to catch all the action too making the atmosphere feel more like a World Cup than a National.

The Aston Hill – Lovelo Racing Team has been working hard over the off season for a busy year with both Jeremy Coe and Josh Mead racing in their last year in Youth and Junior categories respectively and Joe Kilner stepping up into the Super Vets, racing against the over 50’s (not as easy as it sounds).  Ellen comes into 2018 as one of the leading Junior Women with a chance of taking the top step at every race she competes at.

I’ll hand over to Joe and the Team over on to take you trackside and give you the inside line on how the racing went…

Aston Hill – Lovelo Racing Team – National Downhill Rnd1
Race Report –


Young Rider Development Programme – Level1 – October Half Term Courses – 2017

Looking for Half Term Holiday activities?

Firecrest Mountain Biking’s Young Rider Development Programme’s (DeVo) popular Half Term Holiday Courses. The MTB Skills Training Courses (Level1) will be running at Aston Hill Bike Park in the October Half Term. The Courses are for Mountain Bikers aged from 8 years to 12 years old looking to develop their Mountain Bike Skills.

The DeVoHoliday Mountain Bike Skills Courses at Aston Hill Bikepark will get you riding your Mountain Bike with more confidence. They are a great opportunity to meet likeminded young riders and progress your riding and get out and experience the trails on Aston Hill.

The perfect introduction for young mountain bikers coming through our programme of Mountain Bike Skills Courses. All the of Firecrest Mountain Biking’s DeVo Courses provide an insight into the Mountain Bike Skills Essentials that enable you to get the most from your Mountain Bike.

Firecrest MTB’s DeVo Level1 Mountain Bike Skills Courses provide a great introduction to the Mountain Bike Trails on Aston Hill from the, Bomb Holes to the Pumptrack and a taster of the Cross Country and Downhill Trails.

All the training is given under the watchful eye of Firecrest MTB’s highly experienced staff providing expert tuition.

Course Dates – Tuesday 24th October – 10am – 12pm