Stay on target. Stay on target!

The Story

Ricochet started life as the imaginatively named Downhill 3 (DH3 – the Black and Red runs being DH1 and DH2) and is one of the more beginner-friendly trails in the park, but still maintains a positively alpine feel. It’s a mix of constructed and natural, and was built with the developing downhill rider in mind; each element progressing down the track provides a new challenge.

While it is possible for most riders to navigate this trail slowly, if taken at the speeds encouraged by the large swooping turns the rewards can be great!

The Trail

Ricochet is one of the faster trails at Aston Hill with big sweeping turns interspersed with natural rooty sections.

The top section is a great trail for beginner downhillers to progress their riding. A gentle slope heads through the woods with several small table-top jumps, before large sweeping turns lead into the lower section of the course.

Crossing the fireroad into the second half, things start to get steeper. While not as sheer as the Black Run, fast off-camber sections and rooty drops provide plenty of challenges, and tight switchbacks guide you into the finish.

Pinpoint accuracy over the multiple line choices will see you gracefully flowing like a Red Kite going in for the kill; but lose your concentration and you face ricocheting all the way to the bottom!

Is this trail for you?

Ricochet is classified as an Intermediate bike park trail for competent to expert riders aspiring to an elite level of technical ability.

Trail surface types

  • Constructed trails and/or natural features
  • Challenging sections
  • Includes potential for high levels of exposure and/or risk
  • Jumping ability recommended
  • Regular use and underlying chalk/clay surface makes sections very slippery when wet.

Gradients and technical trail features (TTFs)

  • Include a range of small medium and large TTFs including steep downhill gradients, off-camber sections, roots, and optional jumps and drops.

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.

Firearms may not be allowed, but opening up and gunning it is thoroughly encouraged.

For your own safety

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