Insane Private Bike Park

Insane Private Bike Park


How did Jarrod’s place come about, what was the beginning of that situation like? Uh, really just through frustration. How were you getting frustrated? Well I mean, it’s you know, I’ve tried to work with like local trail organizations and stuff with just trying to do, you know, progressive type jump trails and stuff like that. It’s just really hard, there’s just so much bureaucratic red tape to go through. It’s not, you know, any one particular organization’s fault or anything like that. I think it’s just the collective. It’s a really old school mentality. They do a good job at what they do, but this is just something different. So and there was just no, there’s really nothing for this, you know what I’m saying, so in this area. So that was really the big thing. And just, I mean you know, my own personal frustration was just wanting places to ride and build and you know, get better and do bigger things, you know. So yeah. Awesome, so how long has, uh, Jarrod’s place been around? It’s so fast, coming down, it’s like whoosh. Yeah. How long have you been here? I bought this one, this property in 2017, yeah, no 2016. And really didn’t start building until 2017. So really we’ve kinda been building for two years, but real sporadically. You know I want a place to challenge myself. You know, cause I’m fourty four, so it’s not like I’m getting any, any younger younger. But there’s a way to safely do stuff and so you know, I think the obvious thing to do is, you know, start with something you’re comfortable with then get a little bit more out of your element, which is why I love wood launches because And pay no attention to this thing because this is not built. It’s totally fine, but we literally did this on the spot. We were like alright what scraps do we have to raise this thing up. So I literally just did scraps so it looks like, it looks terrible. However, it’s functional. But the point I’m trying to make is yeah, the wood launches are awesome because you make them, you can set them, there’s no maintenance after you make them. And then you can basically just kinda inch them back, inch them back, inch them back to the point to where you know, okay, this is the exact spacing that we need to make everything flow really well. And you know, also too, you gotta bear in mind when you’re building jumps. Let’s say you’re building in the winter time, and it’s kinda hard to clear. You gotta understand in the summer, that jump, you’re gonna be over jumping that thing. So you gotta, you know, there’s a lot of variables involved you gotta kinda think of. Sure. Yeah. What is your favorite trail building tool? Uh, honestly, one of those uh, mac-, macl-, maclo-, do they call them macleods or something? Yeah. Yeah, like a real nice sharp one. It’s great. Good tool choice for sure. Dude, I love it. Especially like over here with the single track stuff. We’ve been hand cutting single track and man that thing’s awesome. As to what direction to go, I really, to be honest with you, I don’t know. I mean it’s private so. How can they reach out if they wanted to come check this out? Is there a process in play? It’s real simple. Just shoot me a message. It’s @jarrods_place But yeah, just shoot me a message. And really I kinda have to be careful because I can’t, you know, just let anybody come. But if you’re, like I can tell by watching somebody ride if they can kind of get going, you know, and can handle it. You know all I ask is that people donate like 15 or 20 bucks and sign a waiver, a video waiver. We’re doing video waivers. And in help, obviously if somebody can throw some shovel work in too, that’s always great. Because today, like I got here, that would’ve taken, we put a little four pack in. That would’ve taken me like two days by myself. I think we got that done in like an hour with like 7 people just moving shovels. I mean it was awesome, and now everybody’s riding it so it was really cool. Uh, well first off, I’ll preface this by saying I love all types of riding. Um, so it’s not that, you know, we’re snobs and we just only like this kind of riding cause I love all of it. However, I think it’s just cool because it makes you a more well-rounded rider if you do this type of riding. I would say start, like if you’re talking locals, like metro-Atlanta area, go to Big Creek. Big Creek’s got a lot of really good entry-level stuff. It’s perfect for that kind of thing. Um, Blanket’s has like a little line there, it’s pretty good. It’s a little rough right now. But yeah, I mean, it’s just, you gotta start small and don’t just try to go like willy-nilly, crazy on something cause then you just get smashed. But you just want to be comfortable, and I mean I always do everything I’m comfortable doing. Like, if I can visualize myself doing, I’ll do it. If I can’t visualize myself doing it, I’m not just gonna be like ‘oh, let me just – I’m just gonna risk it.’ You know, just cause I mean, I’ve broken enough that… I think it’s a really good point. If you can’t visualize yourself landing it smoothly and doing it. Yeah. Just walk away from it, go on to it the next day. Exactly. Tomorrow, you might see it. Tomorrow, it might be crystal clear. Yeah. But today it’s not. Yeah and it can change from day to day too. Mhm. Yeah. So this type of riding, top two pieces of safety gear? Well I always wear knee pads and here’s the reason why. Because even though I hardly ever go down, it’s the one time you don’t wear them – boom. Peels it open. Yeah. Yeah but I mean the cool thing is like the all of this is, it’s so 100% pure. Like there’s not, like I’m not trying to do this to make money because you know, it would cost so much money to make this a money-maker. And then, there again, it’s kinda questionable I don’t even know that you can make a decent amount of money with it. So really, it’s just purely out of love because I just love riding. I mean that’s the most You know, I’ve been a comic for almost 20 years. And pretty much really kinda, somewhat retired from comedy, I mean I’m on a major hiatus I guess. Primarily because I’m not getting any younger, and I just want to ride, you know. This is more important to me than money or anything, you know. So I think if you just have the right intention, and you’re just really passionate about this type of thing or anything for that matter. I feel like if you’re doing it for the right reasons, it’ll just be, it’ll, it’ll come easy. Yeah, I mean the support that we’ve gotten has been really cool. And I feel like we’re actually cultivating. Which is what I would like to do, is cultivate this type of riding. Um, primarily for my own selfish reasons, just so I have more people to ride with. Sure. Well man I really appreciate you having us out to ride today man. Oh, absolutely. It’s a good opportunity, thanks for letting us come here. Yeah, I’m glad you came. And we’ll catch you on the inter-web. I’m there man. I’m always on the inter-web. Anywhere the government can track me, you know what I’m saying. That’s what I’m all about.