Ae – how's it riding these days?
I’ve not been to ae for around 2.5 years now, but think I may be in the vicinity on sunday. It used to be one of my favourites, but last time I went it felt like nuclear winter had arrived and a lot of the berms were quite washed out.
How is it these days? I heard there had been some new bits of trail added.
Cheers!Posted 4 years ago
Funnily enough I was there this week for the first time in 2 years….and the main difference…lots of frickin’ windmills! Until you get to the furthest point north there’s no trail diversions and the track is identical to 2 years ago. But now, instead of turning left onto the boardwalk section there’s a new track to avoid the windfarm work, which starts off pretty lame then turns into a series of epic berms/doubles (berms need a bit more work imo, but very smooth with no braking bumps at all….I’ll give it 6 months) then a new gravel climb up to the forest track before ther Omega Man. Probably shortens the loop by 1/2k’s but still one of the best Staines.
edit: oh, and the section you describe as being ‘washed out’ is still ‘washed out’ but it’s still acePosted 4 years agocitizeninsaneMember
Was there on Sunday, trails were riding really well – still rough and rocky, but really good fun.
They’ve changed the route a bit because of the wind turbines being built. There’s now a section that replaces the one up the top (Bran, Burn, Bash. I think) with a cracking bit of trail, big jumps and berms. Would be better if I were good enough to clear the table-tops. 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Well one mans meat is another mans poison and all that…Posted 4 years ago
I think Ae is superb, but I realise its a personal thing. Just think Ae has a great balance of trails from twisty ST to berms and doubles and there’s the orange route if that’s your thing. Also think the rocky climb is challenging enough to clear in a oner. Oh and the luxury hot chocolate and tray bakes rock. See, IMO Inners is one long climb, one long descent, GT too busy, Mabie just not fun enough, Dalbeattie only has the slab and no cafe, glentrool is ok for a blast round or a cycle tour around Scotland’s forest roads,, newcastleton doesn’t count, and Kirry is ace
But balls to them all and go and ride a MunroconvertSubscriber
So if I’m driving proper north in the middle of the week and wanted to break the journey in the van for the night vaguely in the Dumfries area which of the western trail centres would you visit IF you were planning on leaving your wife in/around the van (she refuses to play mtb) whilst you rode? I’ve only every ridden Ae of these- first time 8 or 9 years ago very impressed, last time 3yrs ago not so much.Posted 4 years agocitizeninsaneMember
Ae has a good cafe for the missus. A better option might be Drumlanrig. About half an hour farther up the road than Ae. Got castle and gardens to wander round, gift shop, cafe and some other stuff too. Riding is good, but REALLY rooty. It’s private, but only £6, which I think is well worth it.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Riding bikes is good. But, of all the trailcentres down that way Ae is the one I’m in the least hurry to ride again. If it was anywhere else it’d be more popular but it rubs shoulders with Dalbeattie, Drumlanrig, and Mabie and they’re all better, and it’s not that far from the mighty Kirroughtree either.
IMO of course 😉 I will go back and I will enjoy it but it’s not high on the list.Posted 4 years ago
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