Skill Rating: Blue 4
Fast and furious forest riding at it’s best! As soon as you enter you are in the trees surrounding the North Shore of the dam.
A left hand bend switches straight back to become a right and then winds through a series of horseshoe bends that lead under the 5 meter bridge that crosses from Dark Side to North Shore (both Experts only areas, but great to watch).
You are then led across a bridge of your own that will take you out of the forest and into some grassland before winding under a copse of Seringa trees and then a fast winding downhill back into the forest…in fact into some really dark forest with very large and old trees.
What goes down must go back up again, and inevitably the trail leads back into the highveld grassland. From this point on you will begin to encounter mounds and turns, and sometimes both together. After the huge “Dustbowl Mound” you will be into a younger forest area that will take you onto the dam wall before passing the first exit to Zombie Birdhouse.
The route you have travelled to this point is called Zombie Short, and can said to be really a Blue 2. From this point on you are taking on Zombie Long and encountering the Blue 4 in all its glory.
After passing the exit for Zombie Short you will cross a sleeper bridge with a drop off exit and pass up onto the dam wall, only to immediately face a hairpin right hander that descends the dam wall on the other side and immediately into dense trees and a dark twisty section of trail.
This climbs the dam again through a twisty cut out section and descends the other side in a nasty off-camber diagonal drop. More twists take you back up onto the dam wall, another hairpin takes you down the other side again with a drop off onto a thick root (best to just clear it completely as there isn’t any way to ride on it safely) and into a huge circular berm that sends you up a cut-away onto the dam again.
Approach this climb with as much speed as your legs can generate, but remember the drop on the other side to the exit is STEEP.
Just before you enter the exit gate you will pass the entrance to the Dark Side.
If you would like to have a look at a feature the Sunday Times did on Zombie Birdhouse then just click here.
If you would like some tips on how to ride berms and humps and other trail features just go to the REGISTER button and grab a password. It’s free and then you will access menus that you cannot see now with text, pictures and video instruction.