Fields of Joy CX (#FOJCX) is a Cyclocross venue developed and raced by Sunbury Cycling Club with very gracious support from Essendon Fields, Melbourne Aust.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Build it and they will come....

Here's what's rolling around our heads when it comes to design principles...

Our design aims include;
  • Safety first.
  • build something that is fun & flowy
  • make use of the unique opportunity before us..  build features that are fun to ride and  that a local park can't support (Excavators & bobcats = amazing opportunity)
  • Be true to CX.. don't overwork the features and turn it into a BMX or MTB track
  • Make it inclusive.. all grades should be able to ride most of it, else change the tape to make it easier for lower grades
  • Offer some challenge
  • Put riders in a dilemma occasionally... ride or run, ride a good line with congestion or pass off-camber?
  • Don't make it so hard that people blow out after one lap
  • Make it reconfigurable.. build features that will be linked by tape and changed race-to-race
  • Provide opportunities for canny positioning and fast lines... and let the riders determine the lines. This ain't about building single track
  • Reward skill. 
  • Work with the terrain
  • And most importantly, we don't have to get it right first go.. we can come back and make adjustments, add new features etc over time.

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