I went up on Rushup Edge and down Chapel Gate, a ride I haven’t done for ages cos its usually so busy at weekends. Wow Chapel Gate really is a mess!Posted 8 years ago
It has been rough for years I know but it does seem worse than ever. I should have just carried on down Rushup and over roych.
Chapel Gate is awesome fun.
Not done it since the snow, so it might have changed again.
It really pisses me off though that EVERYONE (MX bikes, 4x4s, walkers, bikers, not seen any horses) seem to want to use the muddy track on the edge which is rapidly eroding away. The “old” path, where the tarmac used to be is a really good DH – fast, rough and plenty of variety, and perfectly rideable on any bike (although I suspect I’d suffer on a rigid!)
I agree it’s no longer cleanable as a climb though.Posted 8 years agoOnzadogSubscriber
AndyP, that’s the Chapel gate I remember, the old farm track. I can remember being stunned when the first big trench opened up just before the gate half way down. I always tell people i was going to jump the gap but the gate was in the way of the run out! Truth is, I pooped my pants when i first saw it. We used to tank down that road at silly speeds.Posted 8 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
not sure what could be done, its current state proves that even tarmak cant cope.
Short of turning it into a series of steps with drainage ditches which allthough fun to ride for the first time would soon get boring.
Just waiting for castleton old road to fall apart a bit more, im seeing a hucktastic boulder garden!Posted 8 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
most of the “natural north shore” has dissapeared, was there in 2005, gone by 2007.
Now all thats left is a 2 mile rock garden folowed by a test of nerves as to how fast do you want to hit the potholes in the road at the bottom. Great for raceing your mates down, just make sure theyr able tp bunnyhop over the chasams that have opend up other wise it coud get painfull!Posted 8 years ago
I wish I could ride all the way down the track, but we’re not all riding gods – I just haven’t got the skills or the bottle.
I’m not a riding god either. But you don’t get the skills or the bottle by avoiding the difficult stuff. You just keep banging away at it a bit at a time until it all clicks. Sure you might bin it a couple of times whilst it’s coming together, but that’s usually a learning experience too.Posted 8 years ago
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