- Can you guess this **** trail centre
I actually don’t mind Cannock. It’s a quick fix kind of a place for me as I don’t know the off piste stuff, so it ‘does’ as a half-day razz around. This is just me, though. Each to their own. I’d rate it ahead of Gisburn, which, IMO does not make the most of the available elevation to be the ‘bigger’ trail centre that it could be.
Still, I’m more into the so-called ‘natural’ type of riding. Not in a macho ‘Ray Mears is my best mate’ kind of way, just in an ‘appreciating the countryside’ kind of way. I do like a nice rocky descent though, so the Dark Peak is my fave by far…..
Keep on riding folks, wherever you choose to lay your tyres.Posted 4 years ago
My riding is shit (honestly) but I know a good trail. The last descent before you cross back over the road on the monkey trail is a bloody crying shame as that descent had the makings of the best. In two or three sections of those fast switchbacks it was earth/loose but then back to bloody glued in-Brighton beach-stuff .
High Voltage (the worse) was terrible for the fixed-pebbles.
A question to the lovers of Cannock- how the hell do you corner then? You cant be riding at a decent pace on those descents as you’d wash out.Posted 4 years agoCarbisSubscriber
Cannock is pretty good considering the lack of elevation and that it’s built on a prehistoric river bed, hence the local building material of sand on pebbles making it a difficult trail to maintain. It’s slippery occasionally but it’s a place that allows a lot of people to get an introduction to mountain biking.
Personally I didn’t like Llandegla – I found it a soulless and dull trail which I was glad I hadn’t made a special trip to visit. There they have both the elevation and the building materials to hand to make something truly great, but seem to have wasted the opportunity, but other people like it so each to their own.Posted 4 years ago
The powers that be on the chase banned importing materials at the very start when Chase Trails was set up, think they were just being awkward , I’m sure if they knew then how popular it would become they may have allowed hardcore on the trails instead of the natural polished stones, shame as it could have been so much better.Posted 4 years agowobbliscottMember
Passagerizlas right, you don’t have ultimate F1 style grip at Cannock, and faring around with tyre pressures and different tyres won’t give you the complete answer. You have to have faith that tyres will bite if they wash out a bit, and the often do. It still puts the frightened on you no matter how many times it happens. The worst thing you could do is panic and grab a handful of brake. I run 35psi front and rear and the bike is skippy but does grip eventually. Not sure where my pace is, I’m sure I’m not the fasted by a long way, but I’m definitely not the slowest. In terms of cornering, it’s the lean the bike into the bend whilst leaning your body away technique bending your knees and getting low on the bike, I also do a twisting from the hips action. It’s not too dissimilar from skiing for those of you who ski. But that’s not 100% foolproof. it’s also handy to look for features in the trail you can use like a rut you can get your tyre into to stop you from skidding out or a parallel root or a little raised tuft on the edge of the trail. It’s fun I love Cannock.Posted 4 years agojamj1974Subscriber
Cut my riding teeth at Cannock a long way before the Follow the Dog or Monkey Trails were built. They have done very well with the terrain, elevation and materials on offer.
A question to the lovers of Cannock- how the hell do you corner then? You cant be riding at a decent pace on those descents as you’d wash out.
I think the definition of ‘decent pace’ is relative to the location. However, plenty of better riders than I scream around the bends! I mince but that’s my lamer style…Posted 4 years agostMember
Just look at the two full scale commercial quarries located on the Chase to see why there are pebbles everywhere. The forest is sat on one of Europe’s largest sand and gravel deposits.
In the early days money was tight and there was a resistance by the powers towards using imported material and this has helped keep much of the trail network looking less obtrusive than it would have been had we used imported material such as crushed Limestone.
If imported material had been used in the Monkey then it would have cost too much for the budget available at the time.
All said though it’s not a massive issue for me, although it does seem to be for others.
New trail construction and overhauls to the existing trails is now done with a 50/50 mix of local sand/gravel and imported crushed gritstone. This gives what is hoped to be a good balance between durability, grip, cost and aestheticsPosted 4 years ago
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