any glentress tips? 1st time this weekend. (after 4 weeks off bike for crack rib
If you’re driving there from the south, the A708 is shut, this is the best diversion route, (not official) and takes 15 – 20mins longer than the A708 rally stage 😆Posted 4 years ago
I personally like the first descent on the red. Got a nice broken up natural feel with little kickers and drops and stuff. Not too fussed about the climb out. Its a nice steady one…
Just pick up a map and do as much/as little as you want. If you do the red/black though, I’d definitely, DEFINITELY climb back up to freeride park when you hit the fire-road near the end. Then do Berm Baby Berm and the blue descent all the way back down to the bottom road before peeling off and doing the very last couple of hundred metres of the red/black.Posted 4 years agoChrisLSubscriber
coolhandluke – Member
Miss the first red pointing down hill after the top of the skills / bike play area.
Just carry straight on and pick up the red again by the bench when the road bends or the right.
Nonsense! Pennels Vennel is a great bit of trail and the subsequent climbing is mostly up singletrack instead of slogging up the fire road as suggested above. It’s also a useful indicator – there’s nothing on the red that’s harder than it so if you’re feeling uncertain following your injury it’ll give you a good idea whether you want to continue on the red. If you don’t, you can pick up the blue from the end of Pennels Vennel.
Berm Baby Berm and most of the rest of the blue are definitely fun. The black is longer and rougher than the other trails but except for a few bits isn’t significantly more challenging than the red. It’s more of a grower than the other trails which are immediately obviously fun.
The trails at Glentress are very interconnected. If you can join up with a local or can get to grips with the trail map (which is a bit convoluted at times because some stuff is so close together) it’s possible to mix and match a wide selection of trails together into one ride.Posted 4 years agobellerophonMember
Pennel Vennels is good, but you could take the forest road past it as suggested, pick up the climb by the bench to spooky woods, do spooky woods then the next bit of red which is ace. At the bottom of that turn right, a short climb uo the forest road and pick up the blue Motorway, then I think its Blue velvet, then berm baby berm, rejoin blue behind buzzrads carpark and basically return home on the blue including Good GamePosted 4 years ago
hummmmmm lol there are about 10 or 12 of us coming down from the stirling area. most i think have been before but this is my first time…. might be quite a timid trail tbh due to really not wanting to push it and fall off **** my ribs again and spend another 4 weeks recovering watched a few vids of the park and the berm baby berms looks ACE!!! if they head up to the top section i may just muck about there until they meet backup with me lol i hate the climbs and wont be that fit for them this time 🙂Posted 4 years agolegendMember
Unless you use it to go down the race link
That’s even shorter though. Probably doesn’t help that I think of GT as being a play ground rather than an XC ride I suppose.
Bellerophon, miss Hit Squad Hill, Pie Run and Magic Mushroom (plus Lombard St and The Matrix which are finally running well)? That’s just a bit wrongPosted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
imnotverygood – Member
Bearing in mind the OP is looking to protect his ribs I would suggest missing PV is probably wise, depending on how confident he is feeling.
I’d say the opposite tbh! It’s intended as a taster, so if you’re not feeling up to the red you find out straight away, rather than at the top of spooky.
You can make up a million GT routes, but, the best option for most folks if you don’t know your way round is the full red. Optional extras- zoom or bust, berm baby berm (both a quick lap from the top car park). and if you do the long red (ie up the fire road to matrix etc) then nip back up the fire road at least as far as mushroom pie as it takes about 20 seconds and it’s great fun. But only takes a couple of minutes to double back and do pie run- maximum red route basically.Posted 4 years agoChrisLSubscriber
glupton1976 – Member
Up the red – down the black job done.
This is a nice route. Climb up the red but when you get to the turning for the Spooky Wood descent stay on the fire road. After a relatively short time you’ll find yourself at the top of the Boundary Trail, just below the mast. You’ve missed out on Britney Spears (and the contouring descent earlier that’s got the stone chute on it) but saved quite a bit of time.
At the bottom of the Boundary Trail you’ve got the option of going down Deliverance (and thus doing the Redemption climb) or tootling along the fire road and rejoining the red (or blue).Posted 4 years ago
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