Was out yesterday doing a recce of next week's Calderdale MTB Marathon and was absolutely gutted when I found what they've (presumably Calderdale Council?) done to Stake Lane - the tricky descent into Mytholmroyd. What was once a real test of nerve and ability is now a pancake flat motorway
As another point of interest for anyone else entering next week - the long grass drag in the field heading for the House of Shit was a virtually unrideable gloop-fest unless you kept way off to the right, Midgely Moor was a complete bog from one end to the other (including several over-the-hub deep puddles of mud), and the descent off the end will have the vast majority walking down as it's almost impossible to pick a riding line without keep stopping or picking yourself up after the inevitable tumble. Be careful, there's hospital holes now.
Having said all that, it should be a good do and plenty of fun as usual