Dirtsculpt attending PTBA Sustainable Trails Conference

Dirtsculpt is heading to Knoxville, TN March 4 - 9 to attend the Professional Trail Builders Association's (PTBA) Sustainable Trails Conference.  

We are happy to announce that Dirtsculpt is applying for membership to the PTBA this year.

After that, we will be heading to Tahoe, NV to start a bike park design project.  Stay tuned for more info....

 

Slab town Pumptrack

Thanks for everything Tracy and Jodie Potter and Joel Watson it was a great build!

Jodie Potter wrote this about the build of their Pumptrack enjoy!

This past June Dave and Mark of DirtSculpt Parks arrived in Philipsburg PA to build a new pump track in our local park. They came with their 4-wheeler and a couple shovels and a plan for our track in mind. We supplied a couple skid steers and lots of dirt and pizza. Despite the rainiest June in recent history, after about two weeks, what they left was a work of art and a treasure for our little town. We now have a pump track of approximately 1/4 mile of rollers, table tops, and berms

The track came to be with the help of local volunteers and support of the Philipsburg Borough. After the build, the borough purchased a supply of helmets and handed them out to kids who didn't have one. In the last few months , we have seen hundreds of youth and young at heart taking their turn on the track. It has attracted pro riders from neighboring towns, lots of folks who just love to ride, some new riders who are intrigued by the rollercoaster looking creation, and many kids who spend hours on end pumping around the track. Obviously, this is a gem for our town, and folks are having a lot of fun riding. There's something else going on here, though. Dads are spending time teaching their kids how to maneuver the track. Kids are gaining confidence when they try and succeed at something they weren't sure they could . Not every kid will love or excel at organized sports like soccer or baseball. This place gives them another option. When it comes down to it, this track is really an investment in our youth. It is making our community and its members stronger.

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DirtSculpt gets a big Hi5 in Sweden: Part 1 of 3

If you live in Sweden or are looking for a great reason to visit, DirtScupt recently gets a Hi5 for their design in Obbola, Sweden.

Location of Hi5 Dirt Jump Bike Park in Obbola Sweden designed by DirtSculpt Parks

Location of Hi5 Dirt Jump Bike Park in Obbola Sweden designed by DirtSculpt Parks

Obbola IK Cykel Club’s dream of having a top-notch bike park is finally coming true.  Obbola is small town in Sweden located west of the mouth of the Ume river having approximately 2,200 residents.

So how did the Obbola IK Cykel Club get a world-class bike park built in their small town? Based on what DirtSculpt observed, the formula appears to be:

How to get a bike park built in your town

DREAM BIG: Get a group of passionate riders who aren't afraid to dream big.

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COMMITMENT & SHARED VISION: Be committed to your dream and share your vision with members of your local community including businesses / sponsors that may be able help.

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HARD WORK & DEDICATION:  Like anything in life, having big dreams and a vision only becomes reality when combined with hard work and dedication.

Getting Started

In April 2015, Members of Obbola IK Cykel Club ("Club") reached out to DirtSculpt Parks with a small budget and a big dream of getting a bike.  After speaking with member of the riding club, one thing was clear, there was no lack of passion or energy from the local riders about getting their bike park built.

When the Club reached out to DirtSculpt, it was clear what they had and didn't have. In addition to having lots of enthusiasm and willingness to work, the Club also had a clear idea of what type of riding elements  they wanted in the park including a pump track and three (3) progressive jump lines to challenge beginner to expert riders.  What they didn't have was a ton of time or money.

Aerial Photo taken from drone prior to construction with rough sketch plan of park in red.

Aerial Photo taken from drone prior to construction with rough sketch plan of park in red.

Bike park design and construction is very specialized.  Almost all the bike parks we build are "Design-build" projects. This meaning that one company does both the design and construction of the project.  Some of the benefits of utilizing a design-build approach for bike park projects is due to the fact that bike parks typically require a lot of site grading.  Communicating complex 3D site grading from a design firm to a different site contractor is challenging and often leads to project issues.  Another reason that DirtSculpt prefers using a design-build approach is because you will often miss great design-opportunities if you rely on designs that were completed offsite in an office.

As we all know, there's often a difference between what is ideal and what is reality. We were stoked that a group of riders nearly 4,000 miles away in Sweden were contacting us because they thought so highly of our work; however, I'd be lying if I didn't tell you that Dave and I were bummed to learn that the project budget wouldn't allow for us to even do a site visit in Sweden, yet alone build the park for them.  Putting our desires to visit Sweden behind us, we began to focus on what was most important, doing whatever we could to design and assure clear communications to the contractor that would be building our design.

In part 2 of this blog series, we will show you DirtSculpt's design and discuss how we utilized new innovative techniques to communicate our design with the Swedish contractor.  Stay tuned for Part 2 of this blog post to be released in the next week.


Catasauqua's 2015 Iron Works Summer Blast

The day after returning from the X Games build in Austin, Texas, the DirtSculpt crew along side local riders from Catty Woods gave back to their local community by building a pump track for the Borough of Catasauqua's Iron Works Summer Blast, a local community festival that was held on June 13, 2015.

The turn out for the event was fantastic and the pumptrack and demos from local riders was one of the highlights of the event. In addition to the pumptrack, the Iron Works Summer Blast had a pop-up garden, an interactive mural, as well as local food, beer, and music.

The local riders put on an amazing demo of pro-level riding that entertained parents and inspired local youth. According to Dave King, one of DirtSculpt's owners, "One of the reasons that we are starting to see more and more pump tracks being built in our public parks is that no matter what the age, skill level, or experience, everyone can enjoy them."

DirtSculpt had over 30 parents approach them during the one day event asking where the closest public park was with a pumptrack because their kids had so much fun riding. Christian Birch, one of the partners at DirtSculpt said, "In recent years, we are seeing more and more demand and support for bike parks in local communities." Earlier this year, DirtSculpt together with Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR), presented an informational session on pumptracks at the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society's annual conference in Lancaster, PA. According to Christian, "Many states including PA are looking to replace under-utilized park facilities and replace them with pumptracks as a way of getting kids more active and re-engaging them with public parks. Here in Pennsylvania, the PA DCNR has grant money available to fund park projects that include facilities like pumptracks."

When asked what the Borough of Catasauqua's response will be to the growing demand for a public bike park in their community, Christine Weaver, a member of Borough Council said, "The riders have a great work ethic and their exuberance is contagious. Gene Goldfeder, Borough Manager, and I met with DirtSculpt within days of the event. Vince Smith, Council President, is a huge supporter of the (local) riders, and a few of our council members have expressed interest in getting a (public) pumptrack in the Borough. Can't wait to see it through and find out what comes next and where."

DirtSculpt will be providing professional services to the Borough of Catasauqua in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania in order to explore what grant funding may be available for the planning, design, and construction of a public bike park and trails. If you or your community would like discuss how DirtSculpt may be able to help you, please email us at info@DirtSculpt.com or give us a call at 610-960-5117.

2015 X Games BMX DIRT

After finishing up the Red Bull Berm Burners build in Richmond, VA, the DirtSculpt crew is now off to Austin Texas for the ESPN X Games BMX dirt build! Our crew for this build includes Gilly, James P. Nutter, Will Blount and Matty Aquizap. Well, this build was one of the toughest yet due to the rain and flooding. We had the worst rain we've ever seen! We had approximately 4 inches of rain a day for all but 3 days of the build inculding tornados and high winds. As a result, we needed 1,000ft of plastic to cover the dirt and the jumps. We even had to make a plastic road for the quad but as soon as the sun came back out, we just hammered on it and got it done! If you saw the event this year, you couldn't even tell it rained. The track was so dry, so it all worked out. One of the cool changes this year was the addition of a pump track that we built for the kids. It was sweet to see my son Emerson get the first laps on it! Thanks to the crew. You guys made the impossible possible! Congrats to Kyle Baldock for his 3rd win in a row! Congrats to Hucker and Doyle for 2nd and 3rd

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Red Bull Berm Burners

So went back to Richmond for the second year of Red Bull Berm Burners at Dominion River Rock! This year the course was the same layout but the rollers were a little deeper and a lot more technical to ride. The build went well. This year we had no rain, unlike last where we had flood stage rain for almost the entire build. Just want to say congrats to Keegan Nelson for the win! Thanks to Red Bull for putting on such a cool event! Thanks to Mark Tomasic and Creson Helm for killing it on the build.

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Cranx New Pumptrack 

 So this past week we got on the building grind! This past winter just didn't want to go away. Had to postpone soome jobs but broke the winter spell with cranx 100 by 75 ft Pumptrack! It has 5 berms. The center piece is 3 of the 5 berms you can hit this thing any direction and do laps as well! Plus we have a new addition to the DirtSculpt crew Marky T life long friend and Catty woods local. Thanks Mark The whole outdoor park will open soon so check it out Cranx

2014 Texas Toast!!!

So this year Texas Toast was so good! It was in a new location with tons of room to build a lot more stuff! The rest of the crew was on Redbull Dreamline so Gilly ,Will Blount, and myself got to build it. Gilly was on the crew for the first one and Will was on the last two but this was the first time for me! The sweet thing about this build was we were able to build what ever we wanted no plans just whatever made for the most fun! The only problem was rattle snakes ,scorpions, and crazy heat 96 degrees. But even with all that it was so fun! Thanks Gilly and Will for kickin ass and Odyssey for putting on such a core event! Built by riders for riders. Congrats to Mike Hucker Clark ,Anthony Napolitan , and Chris Doyle Here are the two edits from ride bmxdirt qualifier

dirt finals

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The TRA Double Cross Race

So a couple a years ago Mike Gentilcore came to me with the idea for a 2 cross trail race. (He was actually talking about it for more like ten years but who's counting) Anyway he got serious and we got together to figure it out. I did a concept design and he started to get sponsors and it became a reality! So Chris Janis ,Kyle Keck and myself took on the build. Never building a course like this it had its challenges. Trying to figure out how people could pass and still ride it like trails and/or a dirt comp. It took about two weeks to build with we had great weather. The dirt was really easy to work with, plus the hill had the perfect grade! The only problem we ran into was keeping Mikes twin daughters sled hill in good shape but we pulled it off haha! Thanks to the sponsors for making this happen. Thanks for everyone's help and hard work. Thanks Mike for letting me dig your yard up to make this epic event! You did it buddy.Check out the www.trabmx.com for updates about the race. Plus check out the digbmx for the photos and article about the race

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Cranx New Dirt Park

So it was a mission to get this one done! It took two trips to make this happen. The first time it poured twice a day for four days in a row! Plus a tornado, which is pretty rare for the area. So we came back determined to finish this park no matter what! Even though there was still a ton of rain James P Nutter,Kyle Keck, and myself worked like maniacs to get the park done. We built a medium and large Jumpline and small and large Pumptrack. With four days of sun we were able to finish and ride it all in.

Thanks Dale for the indoor park on the rainy days help us keep our sanity. cranx bike park

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Carbondale Colorado Northface Bike Park

This year has been a crazy one nonstop jobs back to back! But I'm very grateful to be able to have my dream job. So we are In upstate Ny in Syracuse building a bike park for cranx.com. So we just finished up Carbondale Co northface bike park. It was a month long job. It turned out great real fun to ride! It has 2 Pumptracks , 3 jumplines , cross country loop with a big climb and a beginner and expert down line. We had a great crew James P Nutter Gilly Will Blount Shawn Shoener and James Hawkins. Thanks guys for the hard work. Shawn did all the wood cravings and James built and designed the structures. The town paper did a write up about the park as well.http://www.postindependent.com/news/12577114-113/park-bike-town-carbondale. Well here is some pics of the park hope you enjoy

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Red Bull BermBurners Windham NY

So the 2nd round of Bermburners went off last weekend in Windham ny at the MTB World Cup! There was 60 riders and a ton of fans. Congrats to Victor Behm for his second win! Thanks to James P Nutter and Ekim King for doing a great job on the coarse. Here are some pics and the Redbull post thanks for doing a great event! Thanks for FBMs Steve Crandall did a great and supper funny announcing!http://www.redbull.com/us/en/bike/stories/1331670847737/berm-burners-windham-recap

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Redbull Berm Burners

Well I know this post is way over due but here it is anyway. A few weeks ago we did this sweet event for Redbull.com and it turned out great! It was at http://www.dominionriverrock.com the whole thing was such a good outdoor life fest! So the Redbull Berm Burners was a two person cat and mouse Pumptrack chase race. We had two gates at either end of the track and they dropped at the same time. If you got lapped you lose other wise it was based off of your time. The cool thing was it was open to MTB and BMX! That really made things interesting!  We are doing it again in Windom Resort upstate Ny on August 9th at the World  Cup MTB race so there will be a lot going on! Well here are some pics!

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Blue Mountain Pumptrack

Well this post is a little over due,it's been crazy here at Dirtsculpt! Going full blast since Dirt Conquers. I'm super excited about how good this Pumptrack turned out at http://www.skibluemt.com/seasonal-activities/mountain-biking/. The digging gods must have been mad at us for this one because the dirt was not made of gold! We had to make a hand held sifter to coat the entire track, one load at a time! Track turned out great though and I think all the summer campers are going to be pretty stoked, even the kids on the stryder track! Here's a few pics to check out

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Redbull Dirtconquers highlights vid

For anyone that has not seen the Dirtconquers highlight vid it's on http://www.redbull.com/us/en/bike/stories/1331646195638/watch-red-bull-dirt-conquers-bmx-highlights It's a great edit you can see the course and all the new features really good. This is one of my proudest creations! Thanks again Gilly,Clint ,Nutter,Will,Oscar, and Daniel. Still the roughest build I ever did !

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