Adrenaline Alley in Corby is an enormous facility. It’s the big dog of indoor parks in England, that’s for sure. They’ve had a change around over the last few months and are now preparing to open their new room, dubbed ‘The Wairhouse’ (read wAIRhouse).
There’s an opening jam on Saturday 26th October, but in the mean time, we caught up with Tucker all about the new room.
Q&A with Harry Tucker
– Tell us about the idea for this new room at Adrenaline Alley.
Over the past few years, it has been an ongoing theme that, although our set-up in Building 2 is big and great to progress on, some of the ramps don’t quite match up to the size of those at international competitions such as ‘FISE’. When arriving at an event, the limited practice time is all riders have had to get used to the extra airtime that comes with riding ramps on that scale. With BMX Freestyle becoming an Olympic sport, we thought that it was time to create an area that gives riders the chance to regularly ride a course comparative to that of a major event.
“These are some of the biggest ramps I have ever seen at a skatepark…”
– What kind of rider is this aimed at?
Basically, if you like going fast and high, then ‘THE WAIRHOUSE’ is for you. I wouldn’t say that it is specifically targeted at a particular type of rider. If you’re into pushing the limits and learning tricks that require more hangtime then this set up is perfect, especially with the inclusion of a colossal resi box. But, If you prefer keeping it a little more chilled and flowing a park that you can boost like the trails you ride in summer, then you will definitely be stoked on this area too.
– Are the ramps pretty big? Tell us some general dimensions.
As awesome as the design looks, it really doesn’t do it justice. These are some of the biggest ramps I have ever seen at a skatepark. Just to give you an idea, the main box in the centre has a 7ft take-off to 8.5ft landing, the ‘FISE’ style volcano is 6ft to 10.5ft, and the steep bank at the back is a towering 17ft with a 9.5ft quarter sticking out of it. The quarter to bank is like a plywood version of something I could imagine Ruben Alcantara carving into the side of a mountain.
“The quarter to bank is like a plywood version of something I could imagine Ruben Alcantara carving into the side of a mountain”
– Who’s riding on the opening day?
We have a heavy list of riders that will soon be receiving VIP invites, we have tried to include a mix of styles but I can’t drop any names until confirmations have been received. Keep an eye on our social media as the rider line up will be revealed soon!
– Who came up with the name wAIRhouse?
This was a lengthy process. After a serious brainstorming session and spending many hours pondering over multiple options on my commute to and from work, I finally came up with the name. Once I sketched up the logo and incorporated the Adrenaline Alley ‘AA’, I knew it was the one.