Issue 143 Editorial: Local Secrets

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Chipps wants to show you all of his favourite trails. Well, nearly all.  We all know that there are no secrets any more. Every mountain has been discovered, every field, stream and hillside catalogued, and every vaguely wiggly forest track named and KOMed. It seems that you just have to open an internet browser and a rip-roaring good time will be guaranteed. The reality, thankfully, is a little more nuanced. Even the best map reading and .gpx downloading can only get you so far on unfamiliar trails. The map, or the trail photos taken a year ago, won’t convey the condition of the ground right now, or the state of the nettles, or the depth of the puddles. Even a meteo-map reading whizz can’t always explain why that headwind appears to have been following you around for the entire ride.  This is, of course, where local knowledge comes in very handy. The best guides and the best locals know how to string those segment names together in a fun and flowing journey. More importantly, they also know the bailout routes for when things go wrong, and they know the sneaky resupply stops and the best mountain bike-friendly place to finish up at for your post-ride refreshments.  On one guided ride in Spain, we rolled into a small village at lunchtime to discover a main street of shuttered shops and, to our eyes, zero chance of avoiding the impending bonk we could all feel approaching. Our guide José luckily knew otherwise...

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  • Issue 143 Editorial: Local Secrets
  • Premier Icon Del
    Full Member

    very happy to show people around my local – haldon. i enjoy doing it. i think the best way to enjoy a new area is to get a local to show you around and i’ve been very happy to enjoy the welcome of strangers when i’ve adventured abroad. it used to happen a lot on here. not sure it does so much now?

    Premier Icon Steve
    Full Member

    Haven’t properly mountain biked for years,but have taken a few visitors out on some local gravel rides and seeing your everyday local rides through a fresh pair of eyes is a great feeling

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