Red Run Fast and furious

The Red Run is a great introduction to the Hill, but don’t go thinking it’s the easy option

The Story

The Aston Hill XC trail was originally built to be a Silverstone of a track – challenging, technical and loved by riders. It was years ahead of its time and the Red Run has always been the most challenging element of the main descent.

It still is part of the XC trail, but now boasts its own, more technical, finish and a great boardwalk section. Traditionally used by riders getting used to the steeper, tighter riding of Aston Hill, it is a great trail for all riders to build skills; the recent halfway split now adds the option of taking in the large, suspension bottoming bus stop section and boardwalk, or the fast, flowing berms of the XC trail.

The Trail

While the Red Run can be done on a cross country bike, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s easy. It’s fast, swoopy, and contains plenty twists and turns; there’s off-camber rooty sections, technical switchbacks and a boardwalk section, all of which will keep you on your toes and coming back for more!

Combine this with the cross country climb and you’ve got some serious enduro training.

Is this trail for you?

The Red Run is classified as a Moderate bike park trail is suitable for riders of proficient technical ability and incorporates off-camber sections, steep gradients, switchback features and a raised boardwalk. When wet it is more suited to expert-level riders due to the slippery chalk/clay mix surface.

Trail surface types

  • Constructed trails and/or natural features
  • Challenging sections
  • Includes slight-to-moderate levels of exposure and/or risk
  • Exposed but wide boardwalk feature
  • Some jumping ability recommended but not essential
  • Regular use and underlying chalk/clay makes sections of the Red Run very slippery when wet.

Gradients and technical trail features (TTFs)

  • Includes a range of small, medium and large TTFs, including switchbacks and optional jumps and boardwalk feature
  • Includes mandatory steeper sections.

Suggested fitness level

  • A good standard of fitness, but technical skills are more important.
What we recommend

We advise a full face helmet, gloves and body armour, and recommend you familiarise yourself with the track before attacking at full speed.

Get it up to the redline!

For your own safety

Do not push back up the trail! Use the push path provided.