Root Canal

Rider ready: in 3 – 2 – 1…

The Story

Originally named ‘4-2-3’ as it was meant to join up Downhills 4 and 3 (now known as Surface 2 Air and Ricochet respectively. 4 to 3 – geddit?) Root Canal was originally built in summer 2009 for the Southern Downhill Champs, but was such a hit with riders that it became a permanent addition to the Hill!

Since then Root Canal has been raced on nearly every year, and has played host to several more regional championships. It’s one quick track.

The Trail

Straight off from the start you’re into one of the track’s biggest features, a large table top, which propels you straight into wooded, rooty singletrack.

Concentrate as it gets progressively steeper, tension building as you weave through a series of jumps and loose, loamy turns, before exploding through the infamous snaking drop into the finish.

Finally throw your goggles into the crowd and wave at your adoring fans!

Is this trail for you?

Root Canal is classified as a Moderate bike park trail for advanced to expert riders aspiring to an expert level of technical ability.

Trail surface types

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

Gradients and technical trail features (TTFs)

  • Include a range of small medium and large TTFs including downhill trails, off-camber sections, 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 (can you imagine the fuss your dentist would make if you crashed on ‘Root Canal‘?), gloves and body armour and recommend you familiarise yourself with the track before attacking at full speed.

For your own safety

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