We often say how lucky we are to live in such a great area for indulging our favourite past time. The mountain biking is pretty good around here too! Boom Boom.
Despite having covered over 2,500 miles of mtb on my patch in the last 3 years, its amazing that in the last two months, I’ve ridden such new delights as Bat Outa Hell, Life on Mars, Rob’s Bits (on Headley!) and last nights new bits on Ranmore.
Whilst I love BKB on Holmbury, along with anyone who rides it, I personally get much more of a kick from trails that instead of being completely ‘man made’, appear more as if finishing touches to what God has already provided.
In other words, the natural features are exploited rather than conjured. Trails such as Bat’, China Pig, Infestation plus a plethora of Leith trails (that I still no little of) spring to mind.
So who builds this stuff? We know some of the more extreme stuff emanates from a group based nearish Westcott but they have a clear signature, quite different from the subtle stuff like Life on Mars. It normally involves rather agricultural and aggressive looking gap jumps that scare the cr8p out of most of us mere mortals who classify anything over 8 inches as big air!
Having popped my cherry on some of the new trails last night, I got home thinking it really is time I (and the Moles collective) put a little back into our community and build some of our ‘own’ trails.
Trouble is, I wouldn’t have the first idea what to do, what techniques to employ, how to identify stuff, what makes the best basis, etc.
So this is an invite to a) folks or groups who would be willing to share some knowledge and experience and b) to us lot to take action.
It would be great fun and immensely satisfying to create, name, ride and share some trails of our own. It would make an ideal alternative to wet, claggy Sunday rides, to get out there and build instead.
It would also give Dave something else to do instead of buying/swapping/building/cannibalising new bikes and may help Matt recover his errant mojo.