All photos shamelessly pinched from Bolehills facebook and Duncan Philpott
Sheffield’s Bolehills BMX track is a 30 year old institution. Ridden by many and loved by more, the track has seen a transformation over the past few months. Richard Baybutt and Dave Camus have been leading the army of volunteers who have been putting in hours of graft and have made the magic happen.
Kicking off back in November 2014 they began claiming back the full width of the track from the grass and weeds which had grown over time.
With lots of encouragement and hard work, their plans became more ambitious
With much lobbying and persistence, they were able to secure injections of cash from Biketrack.org, the council and Ride Sheffield. This was used to pay for the machines and surfacing that made up the next phase.
With the big rigs on site, the first straight was completely reshaped with added rollers and jumps. Sorting out the drainage at the same time.
With the big surfacing weekend set for the 18th and 19th April seven massive trucks arrived laden with limestone; hardcore and surfacing. 150 tons in all. Thats a lot of white wave goodness.
This is what it looked like before the new surface arrived.
And this is what it has become. Almost unrecognisable.
What does 150 tons of joy look like?
And how many people does it take to shift it? At its peak on saturday 40 people turned out to dig for victory. A massive gratitude of thanks must be bestowed on everyone that turned out, dug and supported. Especially to those that turned up all weekend and truly made their mark. You know who you are.
General Baybutt Hard a work
Baybutt and Camus – Dem Mans wit’ dem plans
Here’s what master-don Baybut had to say on the matter:
Without being too gushy or too pragmatic, the work that has gone down this weekend is phenomenal. Thank you everyone who has helped in whatever capacity that might have been – shovels, sustenance, support. The track is looking awesome, it will ride amazingly and you’re all brilliant.
Also, I’m sure the whackerplate reached a frequency of 432hz so now I’m at one with the Universe. That’s nice.
What a weekend!
I’m absolutely beat. Major man, women and child hours have gone into the new look bolehills. 150 ton shifted, raked, whackered all in two days.
Thank you to everyone that came down, you are all awesome! You know who you are.
For those that missed out – don’t worry, there’s another opportunity to get involved – there will be another dig day on Saturday to shift the final 40ton we are getting delivered to finish backstraight and pumptrack and start hill.
For the meantime THE TRACK IS CLOSED.
I cant stress enough that the surface needs to be left to bed in and settle. We should open some of it by the weekend.
The pumptrack is rideable still, however please access through the gap in the fencing.
I’ll be down in the week to water and fix the existing surface, on Tuesday and Thursday evening.
So the main message… is a massive thanks to the Baybutt and Camus Army… you made a difference… you made it happen.
Secondly and very importantly.
THE TRACK IS CLOSED AT LEAST UNTIL THE 27TH APRIL.
It needs time to settle and harden so it has the best chance of remaining beautiful for years to come.
Theres another 40 tons coming this saturday. Your help is needed to finish off what has begun. If you didnt make is this weekend, make sure you do next weekend. You’ve seen what a difference has already been made. Lets make some more.
If you want to enjoy the fruits of the labours, come down on saturday 23rd may for the official opening weekend.