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NEWS RELEASE No: 1666721 APRIL 2017

New pump track and skills area for the Forestry Commission’s Cannop Cycle Centre

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A new pump track and skills area is now open at Cannop Cycle Centre.  The pump track was officially opened by Toby Grindle, Matthew Lade and Gryffydd Sheppard from local children’s cycling group Little Fodders.

The project has been designed and built by local rider/resident Rob Breakwell with the help and support of the Dean Trail Volunteers, Pedalabikeaway and Fly up Downhill.

Alongside the pump track are two short downhill training lines with trail features that have been built and named by the local children’s cycling group ‘Little Fodders’  

‘Little Whippet’ is a progressive jump line of table tops with expert line options.

‘Never Never Land’ is a progressive drop-off line. These are sizable drop-offs that increase in height as you progress down the trail with an optional ‘bail out’ line half way down.

These areas are designed to help riders build up the confidence and progress to tackle the more advanced and extreme terrain of the downhill trails.

Judith Lack, Recreation Manager for the Forestry Commission in the Forest of Dean says:

“It was great to work with the Dean Trail Volunteers, Pedalabikeaway and Fly up Downhill on realising this project.

A pump track and skills area was the most requested feature in the visitor survey carried out on site last year.  It also fits into the Forestry Commission’s national cycling policy to offer facilities that support progression in riding and provide trails to build up experience."


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Photograph courtesy of Gareth Sheppard, Pedalabikeaway

Funding for the project has come from Cube bikes, sponsors of the Cannop Cycle Centre for the past 3 years, Chris Roberts from Mini Downhill Racing who makes regular donations to the Dean Trail Volunteers from Downhill and Enduro events held at the centre and Pedalabikeaway who have run successful Twilight enduro races at the centre and donated all funds raised.

Dean Trail Volunteers


Mini Downhill Racing


Flyup Ltd

Special thanks to Lawrence Kettle Civil Engineers for their time in building, Maddox plant hire, Forest of Dean Stone Firms Ltd, Walford Timber

What is a Pump Track? A pump track is a short circular loop where the rider will go up and down over a series of humps.  If built properly it should propel the rider around using the momentum created by the down slopes without the need for pedalling.