Just back from the trails this evening, Ashton Court and Leigh Woods which were both great. However, there were 6 or seven guys there who stuck out like sore thumbs - tesco bikes, no riding gear, no helmets, shifty looking. Basically, they had no place on the trails by the looks of it. I wanted to try and remain open minded that they were just out trying the trails but their behaviour was just down right dodgy, hanging around, pointing at bikes as they went past. Especially as they were hanging around at the main entrance, to my eye they were 'spotting'.
Anyway a call from a one of our guys having got home - he was pulled over by undercover police saying he was being followed.
So putting two and two together, there seem to be spotters and then cars on the Clifton side to pick up the spotted riders. Good to know the police are on the case but they can't cover everyone.
So, please be aware if you're up there and take a deliberately convoluted route home if you're being followed, preferably passed a police station!