- at centre Parcs on Cotic rocket
I recently did a 45mile XC “race” event on my 160mm alps bike, with super gravity hans dampfs and chain device! (i wanted to shake the bike down before my trip)
Actually a lot of fun, super comfy on the bridleway “horseruts” and on the only slight gnarr bit (a 30 foot slope then 3 foot drop across a stream) i just “sent it” across whilst everyone else got off and walked.
(overbiked? nah, never 😉Posted 4 years ago
CP is not rough but bikes do get nicked. Last year there was a spate of crime in CP, primarily bike thefts and it even hit the national press. We got a letter from them before we went warning us to be vigilant and saying they were doing all they could to deal with it. I’m sure it’s sorted now, but places like that are a Mecca for bike thrives – lots of bikes, left unattended for hours on end, often in secluded spots. I’m sure you’ll be fine if you take precautions, but given there is no decent riding to be had, is it really worth the bother or risk.Posted 4 years agoDufferMember
The actual Sherwood Pines trail is a good laugh. Doesn’t really require 160mm FS, but it’s good for a quick blast.
The thing to remember about CP is exactly what Wobbliscott said; loads of unattended bikes in secluded places. It’s an incubator for bike theft. Be sensible about it, and you’ll be fine.Posted 4 years agofubarMember
I’m surprised this place gets targeted for bike crime
I’ve seen plenty of nice bikes there. Last time I went there was a leaflet in each ‘villa’ warning specifically of bike thefts. There are lots of vans entering and leaving the site that could hide stolen bikes easily. I’ve kept mine and my kids bike inside overnight.Posted 4 years agorobnavMember
i often go to cp, the best one i would say for riding is longleat as it has a bit of climbing here and there but itPosted 4 years ago
s mainly all on tarmac. i think they have a bit of a track as you drive in i noticed when i went a few weeks back but it rained pretty much non stop so i didnt even check it out. it has the potential there to build some pretty good stuff but the health and safety killjoys wouldn
t allow it im sure. i normally take an old skool singlespeed or something similar to make it a bit more fun. i took my old skool sunn radical dh bike from 1998 when i went to elvedon last year as i had to loan my other bikes to my daughters but it was quite fun to cruise around on it as i rarely ride it these days. would of been gutted if it got stolen though i must admit but i`ve never seen any sign of any theft problems there. i normally take them inside of an evening or stick some decent locks on them rather than the free cable locks cp give out!tomjMember
In the Sherwood lodges (I guess the others are similar) the boiler cupboard is huge, can easily get 2 or 3 bikes inside. At Whinlatter a friend locked her cheap hardtail securely to the bikerack outside and in the morning the bike was still there but it had been stripped of components. We now always bring them inside.
You can get to the Sherwood Pines red trail easily from the main entrance to the Parc, and whilst its never going to be Glentress or Coed Y Brenin it was a fun way to spend an afternoon. You will still be a tad over biked though….Posted 4 years agobenjiSubscriber
Had a rip round there today on the red route with my cross bike, had to chuckle at the full suspension bikes on display complete with full face helmet heroes. It’s a good fun place, but as said above, don’t leave it unattended, there was a couple of bikes stolen the other week from outside the cafe, but they were left unattended so not really surprising.Posted 4 years ago
To be honest I enjoy joining around with the kids on one of their rental bikes. And so great just to be able to leave it locked up via a flimsy cable lock round the front wheels and not even care if it got nicked or not. If I took a decent bike with me I’d have to lug around umpteen heavy duty locks around, spend time looking for something sturdy enough to lock it to and spend 10 mins locking all the removable parts to each other and the bike to something, and still worrying if it would be there when I got back or if some eejit with a set of Allen keys had pinched any parts off it.Posted 4 years ago
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