Had a couple of hours to kill in the Lakes on Saturday morning and after spending ages trying to fix a frustrating mechanical, decided to have a quick blast round The North Face Trail at Grizedale forest.
Graded red (Difficult), the route description suggested:
The trail is for experienced mountain bikers and has a RED (Difficult) grade. It is suitable for proficient mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills and fitness. The trail has challenging climbs, tricky descents and technical features such as drop offs and large rocks.
I honestly thought I was lost. Spent 75% of my time mincing around fire roads, which occasionally popped into the edge of the forest for a brief moment to present "technical features" such as 30m sections of metre wide board walk, or a few stones thrown into an otherwise boggy section which needed to be crossed.
It was quite surprising that someone had managed to pack absolutely nothing of interest into a 10 mile route, other than being able to view nice forest on either side of the road I was cycling along. Even more surprising was continually climbing for long sections (which is fine, obviously) and then descending back down more fire road. Seriously??? Why on earth would you gain all that elevation, only to fly back down a road when there's miles of forest on either side?
Apparently there's some great trails coming off the route, which is great to know now
Considering boycotting TNF
Any other contenders for most disappointing route?