- 7 Stanes, whats your fave?
I was up there a couple of weekends ago. Did Mabie, GT, Inners & Kirroughtree. Mabie was alright for a bit of a warm-up ride; red xc loop isnt that long but a couple of really sweet singletrack sections with plenty to keep you thrilled and the odd black obstacles to conquer (some of which you have to keep your eyes peeled for). The mini 4x track & skills area will keep you entertained for a couple of hours but nothing like GT’s freeride park.
Kirroughtree was awesome. Really hard work; you wont find many descents that you can roll through, you have to really hammer it around. Most of the fun is found from halfway around after McMoab – which you have to stay on until you can get around with no dabs – and as i say; the more you put into the second half the more you get out of it. Was completely wrecked by the time we got back to the cars. Dont: do it on the 4th day after 3 days hard riding, start at 2pm with the prospect of a 5 hour journey post ride. It’s a good 6 hour loop!!!Posted 8 years agoJ0NMember
Inners then Kirroughtree are my faves as trails but GT has got to be the best of the stanes. It has lots of trails for every level can be mixed and matched to so many ways to make a stonking day out. Really deserves to be expanded with whole other red trail and extended super black.Posted 8 years agojohnikgriffSubscriber
Very difficult one, but with a gun to my head.
1. Inners (just) – I just love the get the up out of the way and then fantasic flowy trail with a couple of techY bits straight to the bottom. Nice and quiet too
2. Kirroughtree – Just an awsome ride. Tough riding but worth every minute
3. GT – Spooky wood is still one of my all time favourite bits of trail. Can get a bit busy at times, but thats cos it has so many diffent (excellent) trails.
4. Ae – Again quieter, I just love the ending..
The rest are still pretty good mind 😉Posted 8 years agoTreksterSubscriber
For a big day it`s Kirry
Living in Dumfries as I do and having burst my gut as a beginner in Mabie it comes as 1st=.
More so because I can bike out in 1/2hr and spend hrs hooning around all my little secret bits.
Dalbeattie come next. Rode there for years before it became a Stane. Some of the trails are our old ones(same at Mabie.
When are you around tommo?
Ae is also on my doorstep so I am obviously biased towards the D&G Stanes.
Being a “mature” biker I happened to ride GT long before it and mtbing became “popular” in the daysof fully rigid and canti brakes and no cafes for miles.
GT & Inners I have a love/hate relationship. Hate the climbs and love the downs. Wife worked in Edin for a couple of years so I was a regular for a while but still get more of a buzz blasting Mabie. I can ride there every day and never get bored.Posted 8 years agoThe BeardMember
Dalbeattie is a favourite and I love riding there (my brother raves about Kirroughtree though I’ve never been).
Mabie is always going to be special as I grew up pretty much on the doorstep and have fond memories of riding there. It’s a great forest with some cracking singletrack. Everytime I go home to see the folks I take my bike and go riding there.Posted 8 years agoSpacemanMember
Innerleithen by a mile, especially with the options of mixing it up with some DH trails towards the end. Love the top of the Minchmoor, most isolated spot at a trail centre, plus it’s my nearest one and easy to do on the way home from work.
I know where some of the National XC trail goes, it uses one of the DH runs so will be proper technical. Saw some folk on XC race bikes/lycra heading down it repeatedly the other weekend so they’d obviously got wind of it too.Posted 8 years agoTandemJeremyMember
I have ridden Glentress, Innerleithan and Dalbeatie as well as Laggan.
My take on it.
Glentress – fantastic facility with a bit of everything for everyone and so well laid out that you get great value descending for the amount of climbing you do. Great cafe as well. Love some of the blue sections, find the (red) climb a challenge but achievable. Getting the tandem round all the hairpins is a real challenge. One day we will clean the whole lot. Has the only jump I have been able to get the tandem airborne at. Lots of variety from smooth flowing blues to tricky blacks
Innerleithan I just did not like but I have not been there recently. I thought you did an awful lot of climbing for your descending and I found it very artificial feeling. Almost as if the builders went ” this bits dull so we will stick a pile of boulders on it” Some great sections however and I believe there is a new bit put in that might improve it for me. Just not the “value for climbing” of GT
Dalbeatie. Some of it I loved – and I like the undulating nature rather than big climb/ big descent. An early rocky section caused us a nasty fall on the tandem as we bridged which took a while to get the flow back and the fear away. Seemed to start off hard and get easier.
Laggan – love the more natural feel of it and the use of natural rock. Black truly worthy of its status. Big rocks beside the bottom of the descent scare the crap out of me. Nice for mixed groups as the loops are short so you can keep meeting up at the cafe. Best views of any of the trail centres I have ridden. almost feels like the real thing 🙂
Its very much a horses for courses thing. I think overall GT is my favourite as it has so much to offer anyone of any standard. You can have a nice gently day or an almost full on gnarl depending on your mood
* note this is just an opinion*Posted 8 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Have to say Glentress. Kirroughtree has the (far) better individual pieces of riding but GT Black is a better trail as a whole. In the future, when people take BScs in trail building, GT black will be case study #1. Japanese exchange students will line the side of the trail, trying to understand the inner narrative of Deliverance (if they don’t do so already). Kirro will just be an example of some ace rocky bits that got joined up with some paths.
I’ve also only ridden Kirro twice, and loved it, but ridden GT 100 times, and still love it, so I reckon that must count for something.Posted 8 years agofotheringtonthomasMember
When you all visit kirroughtree and if the weatheris hot like now may I sugest the best part of the day is the swim in the pool just down form the bridge straight after mc moab tis truly magicand can wash away the blood and grit .Posted 8 years ago
It is a full monty of course
can any other stane offer such pleasure I think not
unless you fall off dbt log in the winter floods
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