Throwback Thursday – Down the local

Our Dave chose local trails for his 2013 Editor’s Choice this year. Here’s why…

Down the local

Quietly spinning down the beautifully skinny, worn into the woodland herb layer, badger and deer created singletrack.The wood anemone flowers, responding to the first proper sunlight and warmth of spring, are open and orientated towards the sun. I’m threading the bike through perfect handlebar wide gaps in new growth birch woodland amongst the first stirring of an expansive carpet of wild garlic and bluebells.A movement spotted from the corner of my eye triggers a gentle hauling of the brakes, and there I stand eye to eye with a young Roe buck.A perfect mid ride moment, we both stay perfectly still, eyes locked on each other until the sound of a passing fire engine breaks the spell and the deer bounds off towards the back gardens at the top of the woods.This is urban riding at its best.

“Trails where no one has the right of way so no one can complain about the rights or wrongs of riding there.”

“Trails where no one has the right of way so no one can complain about the rights or wrongs of riding there.”

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Local urban riding is all about the little things.

Local urban riding is all about the little things.

Sprint racing urchins on supermarket full sussers for shared laughs, sharing trails with commuting factory workers on bikes that have seen better days, the disbelieving looks of office workers as you emerge mud splattered out of a gap in a hedgerow, the mid ride stop outside the convenience store, the feeling of satisfaction that comes with completing a full days ride within the city limits.

Within the city we are surrounded by hidden opportunities and unexplored treasures.We pass great riding everyday blinkered by familiarity.The gaps between our urban spaces brim with riding potential.There’s no point travelling the world if you don’t know what is on your doorstep. Maybe it’s time you explored down your local, you may be surprised by what you find…

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