Just a thought really, following a beautiful walk over the hill from Gomshall to the ToB climb at crooknorth, and an equally lovely 35 miler exploring some stuff i hadnt ridden in years
I spoke with a former trailquest organiser recently who now mostly runs sportives, who said the sport has progressed to a "service sector" phase, with people expecting support and guidance more than in previous days
It kind of makes me sad. My walk on FPs over the hill yesterday seemed such an obvious thing to do, but we never saw another soul going that way (by far the most direct and prettiest way to get there). I heard someone say the countryside is a "closed book" to people who can't read an OS map, yet the venerable old outdoor shop near me in Reading has stopped selling them altogether. Is it such a huge shift?