Empire of Dirt 2012 - The Course
Empire of Dirt Course 2012
This year's Empire of Dirt course is definitely going to be different from 2008. From the get-go we start on real steps, cross a real road & ride down real rails. From here, we go into a big Catty Wood- influenced step down leading into a right hand 270 berm.
The first split section slows the riding down a bit, giving the riders a choice of rails on the right & more traditional trail hip jumps through the trees. The mellower gradient at this point should allow for some nice tricks, although consistency will be important to get through smoothly.
The next obstacle, the elevated quarterpipe, is something we built before in 2008, and it goes straight into the big curved wall synonymous with Red Bull Empire of Dirt. Then the course picks up pace as we head towards the end.
Next? A huge flat bank spine, which should really push the riders - on the approach it will look as if you are literally going to land in London!
The last straight again splits. On the left, there's a mega ramp gap to grind. Then on the right, there's a Robbie Madison step up to vertical roll in. This will really test nerves & skill as no one will have ever ridden anything like this. If you get to the finish, it all ends with an oversize trick booter.