I moved back to Nottingham over a year ago now, Leaving Aberystwyth behind and my spiritual home of MTB,
On arriving back in Nottingham with my new found love of mountain biking I was understandably disappointed in what Nottingham had to offer, The Full Kitchener Red trail around Pines left me unimpressed but I pursued in riding there and been appreciative of what I do have.
However after taking the trip over to Cannock Chase, I can't help but wonder that Pines is missing out, I can fully appreciate that Chase is bigger and has a better variety of terrain for singletrack use,
I see improvements to the trails there almost each time I go back,
It would seem Cannock Chase gets a good amount of funding.
Whereas Sherwood Pines has had One dig day (That I'm aware of), Thats one dig Day in the 14 months I've lived in the area, When the dig day was announced through Sherwood Pines cycling Club via Facebook there was a limited amount of spaces available to help, Unfortunately I was unable to attend due to Work, but I'm more than willing to help out if I get there on the day.
I don't want to insult anyone but the work that was done on thus dig day was much to be desired, On a section of singletrack that gets real muddy during heavy rain, With the large cobble type rocks used I fear the section will be a death trap come winter, not smooth nor stable.
There are parts of the red route that are awesome, the 'Downhill' section is great but why not spread that sort of quality around the trail rather than clumped all in one corner?
Which has led me to question where funding comes from when building and maintaining tracks, I would have a guess as the Forestry Commission?
Lets be honest Sherwood Pines is never going to be Coed y Brenin but I cant understand why there seems to be so little effort going into building the trails.
I want to alliterate that I'm Not ungrateful for what we do have, It's just I would love to see my local trails fulfill their potential.