sas78 - Member
I need to clarify my rant!! It is the Pie Run itself... apologies!
I had convinced myself used to be graded with an orange diamond (was it?) and wasn't part of the official red trail a few years back.
It's always been graded red. The intent was "the upper limit of the red grade", IIRC. It's not part of the official red but it is one of that trail's official short-cuts. For some reason short-cuts get waymarked with an orangey-red arrow, which is a bit confusing given that bike park stuff is now graded orange.
eemy - Member
That horrible corner with the big root and stones is still there unfortunately - but yes, some trees have gone.
That corner's called "Trail Perfection", by the way. Sadly I am one of the Trailfairies partially responsible for its rocks. As bigjim says the intention was to remove the massive hollow after the roots but it didn't quite go as intended...
Other parts of the Pie Run are named "That Bit", "28 inches", "Hop, Skip and Jump" and "Dial 9"...
yacoby - Member
Uh... I quite like that corner although I fluffed it the first time I did it.
I could quite happily ride an entire trail with stuff like that in. (Although when I say ride I really mean fall down)
I have definitely gotten worse at that corner. I love the Pie Run but it would be very time consuming to build a full trail like it that's tough enough to take the numbers that Glentress gets. It is (or was) tight and narrow enough that it had to be hand built, which takes a lot longer than machine building. The Pie Run was volunteer built and it took about 6 months. Mind you, so did Mushroom Pie, which is half the length, but that's because the drainage in that bit of the forest is terrible!
If you want something similar to the Pie Run but longer may I recommend you give the trails at Drumlanrig a shot, if you haven't already done so?
Northwind - Member
Contact the rangers,politely make your feelings known- usually the foresters are very sensitive to the trails but it doesn't always happen (frinstance when the tree in the middle of the wormhole qualifier got taken out, grr)
The MTB rangers at Glentress always endeavour to ensure that forestry operations are sympathetic to the trails. However I think that most forestry work done there is by contractors and it seems they don't always follow the rangers' guidelines/instructions/ethos as thoroughly as they could.