Updated: Jul 10
Hornsby Council’s website features just three rather confined, sanctioned dirt bicycling areas for its vast, 455 square kilometres. So, let’s get out our microscope this month and examine the area to see if it contains any evidence of pump & jump track molecules...
1) OMV Pump Track …Physical and mental lifeline for our youth.
With the exception of the N. Beaches, OMV is one of the busiest little dirt pump & jump tracks in Sydney. The beating heart of the small OMV mtb network is snugly nestled within the old Hornsby Quarry in case you weren’t aware- up against the southern fence line of the (now disused) North Connex fill/ quarry rehabilitation staging area.
You have to ride through a trail bottleneck at the pump track to connect with most of the short, purpose built XC and Gravity trails and it is near impossible to resist giving it a red hot go. There are two dramatic entry options: one is a gap jump and the other is a steeply-bermed gravity switchback. Neither is recommended for beginners! Walk down and scope it first if you’re new to mtb !
From the elevated roll in mound, there are three different jump and/or pump lines to choose from, depending on your level of ability. It’s a shame that the substantial ‘catch berm’ at the apex of all the lines isn’t double the height, due to the speed one can maintain on this track. It would have been excellent fun to rail it high or low. Due to over-use (because there are only two other tiny sanctioned pump & jump tracks to ‘spread the load’ for the whole of Hornsby Shire and beyond) the surfaces and lips of the jumps are worn out; So please support the social SNORC mtb club fund raising rides so that the trail fairies can do their dirty work.
POINT YOUR BROWSER TO: https://youtu.be/brK5G9RC1LU
OMV pump & jump track was purpose-built by Synergy Trails during 2016 and co-funded by HSC/Northconnex/NSW Govt. as a generous joint venture to keep OMV open to the public during the quarry rehabilitation process.
OMV Photo Credits: Dan Smith, SNORC
Original OMV & Montview 2077 T Shirts and customisable merch here: https://www.zazzle.com.au/z/aela4bk8?rf=238386837272272742