I’ve been one of the local course designers for the past few years and am wondering what course features everyone here likes?
I’ve always tried to balance the course so it’s not insane for new people, but still has difficulty and features that the experienced riders will like. The courses I’m usually setting up are the early season races that are in open parks so the design is very open to anything.
Courses usually end up with plenty of tree slaloms but these are the features I always try to include so you get some well rounded training:
-Hairpins with sufficient space to re-accelerate to full speed before next turn/obstacle.
-High-speed turn, usually at bottom of hill, preferably into an uphill for momentum preservation and uphill power.
-100-200 meter stretch with no interruptions for pure power application
Love to hear what others like to see or include!