FoD Uplift…. trails on STW video look a little tame?
yes your clearly right obi_twa, the person who has put the uplift on didn't look to see what the trails were like. whoops.
or is it the fact that you are as uniformed as the majority on here?
Well not that I saw anyway
hard to see the DH trails from the fireroads and B roads you were on.
Its where DIRT do a lot of testing BTW (in fact their office is in the FoD)Posted 7 years ago
Just posted this on the actual story itself, but relevant here.
If your typical run down Cwmcarn is say 4-5 minutes then the runs down FOD will be around 2-3 minutes tops.Posted 7 years ago
It’s a completely different type of venue to Cwmcarn. There are many more lines down and more options for mixing those up. The feel is mostly smooth and mellow, the surface is mostly natural, loamy soil, rooty singletrack, some techy rooty sections, a few rock gardens but nothing you couldn’t ride fast on a HT.
It’s the perfect beginners DH venue or the perfect, ‘messing about in the woods with mates in a chilled fun atmosphere here you’re never likely to really hurt yourself unless you get really lairy’ venue.
I love FOD for that reason. You can ride a DH bike, trail bike, HT, **** in a unicyle. You can go explore some seriously steep sections, or just keep it pinned on the lovely bermed and swoopy jumpy top sections.
Now is DEFINITELY the time to go; i.e. when it’s dry, dusty smooth and fast. In the wet and mud, it gets a little less fun.
On a typical push to the top day, you could happily do 10 complete runs and some small change messing on the jumpy bits.
On an uplift, who knows, maybe 15-20?
Go. You won’t regret it.
Don't laugh – some guy mailed me wanting to know about trails around the surrey hills. He showed me a link of him riding a unicycle around leith hill! I thought there was only one nutter out there doing that sort of thing but it turns out there are enough to populate an instiution!Posted 7 years ago_tom_Member
FOD downhills are quite short but fun. Dunno if an uplift is really needed but I suppose if it gives you more time having fun then it's a good thing.
I did most of the main runs on my Rockhopper with 100mm recons, albeit very slowly. Would love to give it another go this summer!Posted 7 years ago
Digger, theres a shed load of DHs at the cycle centre – most are pretty short but they're laid out so you can join them up to make longer rides.
The Fountain Inn map includes videos of the DHs – some are better that others but theyre all worth doing at least once. I haven't used the uplift yet, but they reccon youll get in 20 rides in a day.Posted 7 years agobullroarSubscriber
geetee, that makes it sound very inviting, you said:
It’s the perfect beginners DH venue or the perfect, ‘messing about in the woods with mates in a chilled fun atmosphere
Does that mean that (in general) people are not going to get the hump with someone trying to introduce their 13 year old son to the fun? Not a complete beginner having been round places like Whinlatter & Nant y Arian without too many problems, if a little slow. Also from what is said on this thread I assume a combination of a Orange sub 5 and Rockhopper would be ok, we tend to swap bikes (I'am short arse, he has long legs).
CheersPosted 7 years agobintangmanMember
does anyone know which trails they are in the video? I've done 'sheepskull' and a few of the others round that part, but never seem to have ridden the ones in the vid, which seem to be a bit more flowy. As good as the more DH ones are, the vid looks like great fun.Posted 7 years ago
does anyone know which trails they are in the video? I've done 'sheepskull' and a few of the others round that part, but never seem to have ridden the ones in the vid, which seem to be a bit more flowy. As good as the more DH ones are, the vid looks like great fun.
The vid is shot on the Corkscrew trail, although for a short section (shown before the step-up) they seem to be riding it in the opposite direction. It's a great trail, very smooth and fast flowing, but the Ski run, flatlands and sheepskull are probably a little more technical.
Incidently, there's a decent Wikipedia page on Cannop Cycle Centre;Posted 7 years agobintangmanMember
oh, ok, thanks – will have to have more of an explore next time.Posted 7 years ago
Heres a vid from earlier this month from a quick ride – bit of the FODCA trail (v slow!) and some of sheepskull and a couple of other bits. I've got to find a day to have a proper explore round there…
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