Red Bull have just released the design of the 2012 Red Bull Empire of Dirt course. Check out the design below along with a bunch of interesting facts too!
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This years Empire course is definitely going to be different from 2008. From the get go we start on real steps, cross a real road & down real rails. From this we go into a big catty woods influenced step down leading into a right hand 270 berm.
The first split section slows the riding down a bit, choice of rails on the right & more traditional trail hip jumps through the trees. The mellower gradient at this point should allow for some nice tricks & consistency will be important to get through smoothly.
We then see a similar elevated quarter pipe to 2008, straight into the big curved wall synonymous with Red Bull Empire of dirt. Then the course picks up pace towards the end.
A huge flat bank spine, should really push the riders as on the approach it will look as if you are literally going to land in London!
The last straight again splits, on the left a mega ramp gap to grind. Then on the right a Robbie Madison step up to vertical roll in. This will really test nerves & skill as no one will have ever ridden anything like this. If you get to the finish It all ends with an oversize trick booter.