2,180 ft
Distance
15 ft
Climb
-349 ft
Descent
00:10:52
Avg time

Surface To Air Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Machine Groomed
  • Bike Type
    DH
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Drop, Jump
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #8868 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager
    Forestry Commission

The plan behind Surface to Air was to create a little piece of Whistler in the home counties. Fortunately we had our own Cannuck-wannabe – freshly returned from seasoning and trail-building in Canada – to inspire us, and after some initial napkin sketches, Surface to Air started to take shape.

A year of manual earth moving and several tonnes of surfacing material later, there was an amazing new trail at Aston Hill – Surface to Air had been born.

Moving away from the Hill’s trademark steep, rooty, natural trails, Surface to Air is the first all-weather track on the Hill; it takes the cutting edge of global freeride mountain biking and brings it to the trail-hungry rippers of the home counties.

Surface to Air is steep, fast and fun; getting air is the main dish on the menu, and it’s served red hot. It really is the most fun you can have with your shorts on.

Is this the trail for you?

Surface to Air is suitable for riders aspiring to an elite level of technical ability and incorporates everything from full on downhill riding to optional big-air jumps.

Trail surface types

Severe constructed trails and/or natural features. All sections will be challenging. Includes extreme levels of exposure and/or risk. Jumping ability obligatory.

Gradients and technical trail features (TTFs)

Will include a range of small medium and large TTFs including downhill trails, freeride sections and mandatory jumps.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Surface To Air bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -334 ft
  • Altitude min
    519 ft
  • Altitude max
    853 ft
  • Altitude start
    853 ft
  • Altitude end
    519 ft
  • Grade
    -15.335%
  • Grade max
    -33.271%
  • Grade min
    17.831%
  • Distance climb
    239 ft
  • Distance down
    1,903 ft
  • Distance flat
    39 ft
  • Avg time
    00:10:52
  • Avg reverse time
    00:04:18
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Status:
on Feb 23, 2019
Variable
Avg: 4.5 (18 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
  • Other Other
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      Surface To Air Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Feb 23, 2019 @ 2:39am
      Feb 23, 2019
      Damp and slippery at the top. Dryer towards the bottom.
      Dec 31, 2018 @ 3:03am
      Dec 31, 2018
      very good considering time of year, small patches of mud but mostly clear
      Sep 15, 2018 @ 2:17am
      Sep 15, 2018
      Jun 23, 2018 @ 1:14am
      Jun 23, 2018
      Nov 12, 2017 @ 12:52am
      Nov 12, 2017
      best track in the wet/sticky conditions
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 6 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 81 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      All
      • 635 rides
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      Photos

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      Dec 15, 2018 @ 3:45am
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      Jun 13, 2018 @ 10:43am
      Jun 13, 2018
      39 |
      Dec 9, 2017 @ 11:21am
      Dec 9, 2017
      39 |
      Nov 5, 2017 @ 1:07pm
      Nov 5, 2017

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      1 Review & Comments

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      flag Fran74 (Dec 2, 2017 at 9:56)
       This should be rated Black rather than Red, in my opinion.
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