Hi guys. I have been saying for years I would love to go and do some lift assisted riding but never got round to it. I now have the opportunity to go with my girlfriend at some point this summer but I've got a whole host of questions and I thought where better to ask than the STW faithful.
First up, my girlfriend hs been riding for a year and can comfortably ride blue/red trails in the uk. We have ridden the Forest of Dean together but our local loop is bedgebury forest. I know there are inconsistencies in trail grading across the UK but she really enjoys fast flowy single track but I don't want to over face her and scare her with anything too steep or technical and we certainly are not looking for DH runs, jumps or drops! So, with that in mind my first question is- is it worth it? How many trails are there accessed by the lifts that are graded green/blue and are worth riding. We just want to enjoy some relaxed single track riding without the climbing and with beautiful scenery!
The second question is the biggest. Where to go? Do we go to one of the big boys or are they too DH orientated than single track? We would like to go somewhere with good scenery and also with a few other things to do off the bikes if possible.
Next up is when to go? When are the lifts open till and when is cheapest? (I presume the end of the season is cheapest?). Also is the weather a big factor?
We both ride trail bikes. I have a new tallboy lt carbon and my girlfriend had an orange five but is now looking for something else. Are these suitable for the type of riding I described and is it worth the bother of taking our own bikes or are there adequate bikes to hire when we get there?
I guess those are the main points. We might be interested in some guiding or coaching as well but we will leave that one out of the discussion for now or it might get a bit complicated. Sorry for all the questions but across the Internet it is very difficult to tell what the riding is really like and if it is suitable for Sophie and I to ride, or if a few weekends in Wales are more what we are looking for.
Thanks to everyone in advance for sharing your opinions and experiences!