I've got 2 babies at home and cleaned both rock gardens no dabs first time. So did my dog, and hes got no bollocks.
Cannock's new Monkey Trail. Initial impressions.
Iain dont worry fella your secrets safe with me!
Btw I,ve not cleared it neither tad frightening for mwah
I drive that A460 twice a day, I also bike and run all over the Chase. I have to say the Monkey Trail is great, if its challenging and dangerous to some then they should have the sense to do something else.
My main critisism is the signage on the A460, it implies a race is in progress. Bloody long race! They have been there too long and drivers will now ignore them. In fact it will undermine bona fide race signs as their validity is questioned. The signs should be directed at the cyclists, the onus should be on the cyclist to take care crossing as its a losing battle to slow down the traffic. I don't slow down as a car driver (and I should know better!) and I'm sure most others don't either. The cyclists should be aware that cars/motorbikes pass at 80mph plus and therefore cross accordingly. Any vehicle signage may lull the cyclist into a false sense of safety and make things worse.
I see it from both sides, I've ran across that road in a running race (marshalled) and when you're against the clock you do some stupid stuff!!!
Anyway I've harped on for too long. Storm in a teacup? Perhaps!!
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About how long is it to get round, I've a limited time on sunday morning for a quick blast.
I would tell you, but if Alex found out I'd ever timed myself around FtD he'd have me "shot in the face".
you could look here though.....'
OMG,WTF !!! 'shot in the face by Alice'
now that's something I hope to never see.......
Im a Cannock local and think the new trail is great but to say its the best english man made trail makes me laugh.Ever been to Lee Quarry or Dalby for that matter? The monkey trail is just what the chase needed but come on....
I'm very local too and only rode it yesterday
I can only praise it, it was hot and i only saw one other rider, i only ride there in the week it's too busy at weekends.
Job well done!!!
I rode it today and thoroughly enjoyed it. I found myself running out of line on a few descents, but that was my fault, for not looking up and reading the trail right. I reckon once it's bedded in a bit and I'm familiar with it, it'll be a cracking course. If anybody has done that tree thing in the dry, let alone the wet, then I'm in awe of their huge bollocks, skill and the god like status that they must be afforded by their riding buddies.
I visited for the first time on Sunday (24th Oct 2010) with a party from MBSwindon. We reckon that it's one of the best trails around. Follow the dog is a lot of swoopy fun plus some decent entertainment on rocks and wood. We did it twice; the second lap took about 45 minutes IIRC. We did the rollers at the end three times on the last lap.
The Monkey Trail is defintely the best bit for me. Really good technical uphill stuff and virtually no fire road climbs. Excellent. The three sets of rock gardens were really scarey when damp and slippery.
We did a fun short cut down some muddly single track to that quarry, cutting our some fire road.
The last two downhill sections were awesome..
Regarding the road and rail crossing, I don't see what the problem is. Just wait for a gap in the traffic and get on with it.
I'm quite surprised at some of the negative comments in this thread. You'll find that those with the worst attitude are those who'd never get off their arse and do any building. Armchair experts.
The rail crossing was improved last week with dual crossing gates and i think a lot of shrubbery was removed.
Two massive advantages of cannock as lack of fire road (which i beleive is going to be improved further) and lack of mud. Unless of course you like mud and fire road.
Ah, standard issue Follow Your Dad kit?
I rode there for the first time this week end and I loved it though it was a great trail and think its got some great features. top class work there chaps.
There was a huge amount of peopel on the trails that i saw from a chap on a 224 to a £100 quid fs tesco bike all had the same crazed grin on their faces as I did so it has got to be good! I do think a bit of rain will help as it will be hit hard with braking bumps with that volume of traffic but thats all part of the fun is the unexpected nature of the trail.
Loved it!! My only gripe is the chap who got the last baked spud in the cafe was only one spot a head of me in the que, still good sausage rolls!!
Another positive here. Rode it about a month ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. The bit (can't remember the name) just before you cross back over the road/railway was fantastic.
I noticed the 'trail fairies' were out at the weekend building a new black run option down the old 'original' section of the Monkey trail
Rode it last Sunday 24th, great weather, but looks like everybody and his dog turned out! The place was like the January sale's, way too busy. Fat blokes in lycra on 5k bikes stopped looking at 3ft stone drops, while 20 + riders backed up behind them!! Jesus!! As for trail flow, wouldn't know because of fat blokes in lycra on 5k bikes! Also most of the people there were not cool, no trail etiquette at all. Some were very cool though.
Seriously some of the trail is great, some great jumps / drops some great corners. 2 hour plus drive for me, so not on the top of my list rather go natural in the Peaks. gets a 7 from me.
Hats of to the trail builders.
PS we went with a bunch of local's who showed us some ACE off trail stuff, its out there if you keep your eyes peeled. Much better than FTD and Monkey, IMO! Nice one Phil, Kirby & Calum!
Weekday evenings its very quiet now.
ACE off trail stuff, its out there if you keep your eyes peeled. Much better than FTD and Monkey,
no it isn't! There's nothing out there but lions and tigers and bears, you all just stay on the nice safe trail center bits and leave the boring, rubbish, wild animal infested dogger hell to the poor deluded souls that think its ok.
Just move along quickly, nothing to see here!!
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