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After being closed for the past 8 months, MTB enthusiasts from across the North West and beyond gathered over the late May bank holiday for the reopening of Havok Bike Park.

Previously called Cockhill MTB Park, the bike park, set in the Cock Hill Wood in Todmorden, closed at the back end of 2015 when the company running it, Dirt Trax ran into problems and was forced to close the centre.
But through the dogged determination of a group of local riders, who all missed their local riding spot; Havok Bike Park opened its doors once more to the public in 2016.
Always ready to take on a challenge on and off the tracks, MTB riders, Mathew Lambert, Joe Devereux, Danny Wilson and Tom Jefferies, teamed up with the idea to restore the bike park.
First up and before any restorative work could be done, there were legal matters to sort. After careful negotiations with landowners and authorities, the nonprofit company, Havok Bike Park Limited was born, enabling the lads to take on the lease agreement and secure the necessary insurance etc.
Once the administrative work was done, it was time for the lads to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in. With flooding causing damage to the park and trails being blocked by fallen trees; the team had their work cut. But after two weeks their hard work had paid off and whilst Havok wasn’t quite ready for public riding, it was able to play host to the first of its events, the annual PMBA Enduro round; a crucial event for the company as funds raised enabled them to pay their first instalment on the lease.
Back to the opening day and by 09:30 on Saturday 28th May 2016, the gates were opened early as cars and vans were queuing to get into the woods. Easy to find and with parking available by the side of the quarry; Havok Bike Park had caught the attention of the MTB community.
Once riders were signed in they were let loose to explore the trails which currently consist of:
2 Downhill Trails
3 Freeride Trails
1 Dirt Jump Set
Sunday was competition day and with support from a whole heap of companies including; Olfi Cameras, Five Ten, Hope Technology, Airshot, T.H.E. Industries, Bang Energy and many more; over 70 riders signed up all hoping to bagged themselves a prize.
The Whip Off contest proved to be a hit with big crowds gathering in the woods to watch as the riders took up the challenge to get as loose as possible as they propelled their bikes sideways. Huey Walker took the win, with the young ripper riding off with an Olfi 4K Action Camera.
The Gas to Flat Competition followed next which called on the riders’ skills as they pushed the limits to record the longest jump over an offset gap jump.
Milton Ashworth came out on top, earning himself an Airshot tubeless inflation system. But the coveted title of the day went to Matthew Coleman. Nicked named the ‘Havok Hero’; Matthew was the first rider of the weekend to hit the Havok Gap, gaining him sixth position in the Havok Halls of Fame.
Mathew Lambert said, “Our dream became a reality this weekend. Everywhere you looked, on the hills, in the woods, shredding the trails, watching the action; people were having fun, enjoying what the Havok team had created.
The atmosphere was electric and there was a buzz of excitement amongst the community of riders that a local downhill mountain bike track had been reborn.
The only downside of the day was Michael Mayze’s crash on one of the freeride lines which resulted in him being airlifted to hospital. We’re hoping he makes a quick recovery.
Ian from ExPix who was there to document the competition day said, “Everyone’s had a great day. Havok Bike Park is a testament to the commitment of the local riders. Through their hard work and investment, the MTB community in the North West have access once again to these superb facilities in Todmorden. ExPix are looking forward to working with the team at Havok as they unveil even more plans which look set to put Havok on the map as one of the best bike parks around”.
And Mathew finished by saying, “Havok is a top venue, from Grassroots to Elite, Amateur to Pro; the park is now back on two wheels and rolling fast.
We’re a nonprofit organisation; all the money we collect in admission and competition fees goes to pay for the running costs and upkeep of the park. We’ve got loads of ideas to improve the park and with support for the MTB community visiting Havok Bike Park; we’re hoping to use the revenue to build on what we already have to make Havok bigger and better for everyone.
Havok Bike Park
Carr Road,
OL14 7ER
Open Times
Sat & Sun 10:00 – 17:00

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