Singletrack Trail Guide – Gisburn Forest

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p1000222As submitted by Jon Swift…

“Gisburn Forest is in the process of getting a significant injection of red graded singletrack with a bit of black thrown in. Volunteers have now built a full kilometer (as of mid February 2009) of twisty red grade singletrack with both climbing and descent with a few trail obstacles thrown in. Contractors have also started working on another five kilometers which is due for completion in April 2009. There is an additional five kilometers of singletrack planed for volunteer construction or by contractors if the funding is available. The beauty of what’s going on is that you can influence how some of the routes pan out. Volunteers have had fairly free rein over trail features as they’ve been building the trails so it’s a good time to get involved if you’re local (there’s a secondary benefit as well as every volunteer hour put in unlocks more funding). Once the first phase is complete the balance between fireroad and singletrack should firmly swing towards singletrack with somewhere in the region of 60% to 70% of the red route being singletrack.”

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Comments (17)

    There’s also a little bit about Gisburn Forest (old and new) in the next issue of Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine 🙂

    Good work – I went to the DH area on Saturday and had a lot of fun, it got me doing gaps and finding some of my ‘big bike’ mojo again ! (following the Tundra DH enquiry – thank you)

    Blimey, that was fast, only emailed that in last night.

    So when is someone going to build some trails darn ‘ere in the Tropical Sarf? They’ve got more than they need oop north already.

    I’m up for some digging. Gisburn was my local wood growing up and its about time it go developed to come in line with the rest of the trail centres. Who do i need to contact?

    I second whitenosugar, been looking online and didn’t find anything? Fancy helping out as this will be my nearest trail centre an feel I should muck in an do my share!

    That’s excellent guys. The person to contact is Martin Charlesworth –
    He’ll send you all the details you need and add you to the email group for future info.

    Next dig day is Sunday 8th of March, 10:00 to 14:00. The dig days are usually every 2 weeks alternating Saturdays and Sundays.

    Every volunteer hour put in is double bubble, not only do we get trails laid, extra funding is unlocked as well.

    Good work. Really enjoyed riding the downhill tracks lately. Great place to progress with jumps and drops without being too mental.

    Stumpjon – please email me with details before the next dig. I’ll stick something on the front page about it – and hopefully come along and get my hands dirty too 🙂

    Ace- just entered the 12 hour enduro there. Rough ride on same weekend but have done it 3 times now


    I sent you details of the dig days at the end of last week, sent them to the general office email so don’t know if you got them.

    Next dig day is Sunday, apparently the venture scouts reached the next fireroad last week which means we’re working right next to the gravel pile, no more barrowing the stuff 150m to the trail face so progress should be good and a lot less painful.

    Im there this weekend, first time every building tracks so Im glad about the short barrowing!!! see everyone at the weekend.


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