Thought this all calmed down a little while ago.
Just to fill people in.
We've had over 600 riders come for the sessions over the hard winter months, alot have also returned on more sessions.
The £45pp doesn't go straight into my pocket, I have quite high over heads with running these sessions so it doesn't really earn anymore than a normal day of my private coaching (e.g, landowner, extra coaches fuel, hotel and insurance etc). We're also providing a service, which in this day and age costs. I have to commit a lot of time to administration booking 28 people in a weekend which take a couple of hours a day to liaise with everyone. We supply the first aid to the riders, coaching, insurance etc to make the venue safe for our riders.
The reason I'm running 'MY" own one is John the other coach is away on holiday.
I can also assure you its very far from being a groomed trail. Yes it isn't natural but the surface has broken up and its severely weathered giving it now a more natural feel with very inconsistent grip. Its a great day out to push your riding skills. Try against some olympic times and get some coaching along the way. It isn't an out an out coaching session but numbers fluctuate and sometimes we have more time to coach.
Also as mentioned a 4 hour session. We also run over and quite often don't finish until 3.30ish giving you around 5 hours on your bike.
For those of you that feel that its too expensive or not worth it thats fine. Wait until its open to the public which will be early 2014 to try it out. But out of all those people that have came along for the rides everyone has had a great day out. It may not be a 'natural trail' or something 'knarly in Wales' but its somewhere else to ride in the east of the country where there isn't much else to quite a high standard.