You know the one, that seems to be almost plumb vertical, slight exageration, but incredibly steep and quite conditions dependant, I stumbled upon it on it on a wet day and gave it a wide birth, boy would I like to clean that thing, have you ridden it?
Would be interesting to know the history behind it and it's rather illuminating name.
I know the trail of which you speak and yes it is very steep. There are a few trails in the valley that I can only clean in dry conditions, this is one of them. The others would be north of the river. I'm not sure about the name or history.
@ Fergal- Ach, who really knows what the rules are I always figure if it's a race trail, like mince baby mince and the likes, then they're more offpiste than secret- FC approved, etc. But some of the other stuff is more secret. I'd sooner err on the side of caution myself, not my trails so not my place.
Oh, PS, names. Clues are often on the map- PS is fairly obvious when you remember the lead mine. IS confuses people because it's not named for the burn, it's named for the cleugh. (or, possibly, someone got their burns mixed up)
<not naming names for the same reason as above, btw, maybe I'm being an arse, who knows... but armed with names you can find trails in seconds these days>
The naming of trails is a difficult matter,
it isn't just one of your holiday games...
All this cloak and dagger stuff is a little tedious, the trail in question is ridden a lot, has appeared in video's, it's hardly a secret if you want to look a little harder, I was just seeking others experiences of this trail, good or bad, because I know for me to ride this trail well, I would have to be at the top of my game.
I come from a climbing background, where sharing and discussing first ascents/routes is the norm, in a few years this trail will be clear fell, just like IS and forgotten.
I'm slowly working my way through the inners off piste stuff.
Can I also recommend you try the on-piste stuff, but in the dark, and going the wrong way. Last night off Minch was fun, although foggy so had to run lights low - and then the new clear fell was well fast.
We also did some off-piste too, and running well and pretty dry.
It's hardly secret or covert.. go talk to the gentlemen in iCycles and they'll point you in the direction of fun stuff.
Surely everything at Inners is South of the river, otherwise you're at Golfy or Thornilee?
"The Nightmare" AKA "Burts Trail" is probably the most difficult thing to ride fast at Inners. It was raced in the Alpinebikesinnerleithenwinterdurobicyclemountainrace last year and it's never really recovered. It runs down the hill to the right of the fun bit of Make or Brake. It used to leave the first berm on MoB, but that's blocked now. The current line drops down, slightly up the fireroad towards the uplift dropoff.
"Casey Stoner" AKA "Not For *****" is probably the next hardest off-piste thing as the "jumps" are all made of slippy wood. Really fun trail. It's the thing that plummets to the right just after the uplift dropoff. Exits on the fire-road that leads to the top of Caddon Bank.
That is a touch steep. Do many people wear full faces on the Alpinebikesinnerleithenwinterdurobicyclemountainrace and day/night races? Keen to give them a go but these trails aren't very face friendly.
The last FC news I heard is that if a trail is an "established trail" it'll be left alone. So, if a trail is on Strava it already exists and is therefore 'established'....... which, strangely, means that it's kinda good that people know how to get to them
Although, I can see the situation of with someone getting way out of their depth on one of these trails and causing the Emergency Services a nightmare. That could well changes things up a bit