- Falling off 16 times @ Doctors Gate…
That amused me thank you. At first my thought was FFS man it’s only a field but then you start to notice all those ruts and maybe it’s not as easy as it looks. Made me intrigued as to how I would manage something like that, probably very similar to the rider in the vid.Posted 4 years agoTheArtistFormerlyKnownAsSTRSubscriber
Hahaha – made my morning that. What a tool.
Fair play to keep on going though. The lads with him can’t have been good friends of his – good friends would have truly destroyed his last remaining shred of confidence with soul crushing insults and jibes. Or as a very minimum, been rolling around in stitches. As it was, they just looked annoyed.Posted 4 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
I know go pro tends to flatten things out but that does just look like a flat field with some bricks & ruts.
No, its an insanely technical bit of trail. In fact in a lot of places, there isn’t really a “trail” at all, just a loose jumble of rocks, everything from pebbles right up to massive boulders.
I’ve only ridden it 2 or 3 times but with various different people and I’ve never seen anyone come close to clearing it. Ben Haworth had a good stab at it but he’s always been technically very good on a bike.
It’s a very “trials-y” ride, big suspension doesn’t help down there. Also lower down it gets extremely boggy.
As already said, a good route to tick off just to say you’ve done it but not really something you’d want to do regularly. And it’s a **** to get to, involves a long road climb.Posted 4 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
Never done Doctors Gate. Is it worth it?
Any route ideas?
Get a lift to the top? Otherwise, assuming you want to stay legal, just loop it with Jacob’s, the Roych or Cut Gate for a medium-length sort of day out. Or check out a map and combine it with an intersecting alternative right of way ridden at a vaguely socially acceptable time.
Is it worth it? It makes a nice run and it’s a beautiful place. It’s not my cup of tea as a ride, but if you like short, very hard, trialsy sort of stuff interspersed with the odd stretch of smoother singletrack and don’t mind a bit of pushing, I guess it fits the bill. The very steep, rocky section at the top would be very hard to ride though it would be very easy to fall down 🙂 [edit: at around 3.00 in the video, amusingly it looks quite innocuous on camera…]Posted 4 years agoteamhurtmoreMember
I feel for the guy*. Shows all the signs of tiredness with lots of slow speed falls. Plus clearly doesn’t trust himself at taking on mud and water with any speed. But he kept his emotions in check despite the dents to himself and his ego and the final line about going for a brew was a classic.
* I will admit to one (unnecessary) chuckle when the camera was in the long grass. Tut!
The ride did not look that much fun though. But yep, “thumbs up” for Percy Verence.Posted 4 years ago
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