Named after the main road it is next to, the Flyup 417 Project just outside the regency Cotswold town of Cheltenham is set to open on March 17, after two years of building work and investment.
The privately owned MTB site will have three uplift serviced downhill tracks, a national level 4x track, a dual slalom run, and a one acre dirt jump area – all with stunning views across the Severn Valley to the mountains of Wales beyond.
The three downhill tracks start with the confidence-building Cheese Roller blue trail which has about three minutes of confidence-building curves, and a few optional jumps and berms. The red Igneous trail has bigger berms, jumps and rock gardens, while the black Super Fly track has seven-foot drop offs, 20 foot jumps and big roots and berms in the woods.
Undercover at the site there will be the UK’s first indoor pump track, indoor dirt jumps, a cafe and coffee shop, as well as bike hire and a workshop. Coaching will be available on site as well as kids clubs and lessons for all ages. Further facilities to open in April include an MTB airbag for trick jump training and an MTB drag lift service.
Due to its expected popularity, access to begin with is only available by pre-booking.