Footpath riders Newlands Corner to St Marthas
To the 5 muppet riders I encountered this morning while running on the very narrow above FOOTPATH causing me to jump into the nettles to avoid being run down a few points,
1) Just because its got a downhill slope, a few roots & a couple of turns doesn’t make it a cycle path as you claimed, its a FOOTPATH.
2) Its a FOOTPATH that’s frequently used by family’s with young kids, especially on a Sunday.
3) Riding a FOOTPATH that’s frequented by families with children & has blind corners at the speed you where going is plain retarded.
4) A few miles up the road is some of the best riding in the south east of England, Winterfold, Holmbury, Pitch etc etc or maybe its to full on for you & you’re £5000 santa cruz’s…
5) The parting gesture of “**** you” screamed at the top of you’re voice at me was also enjoyed by the family with the 2 young kids that you’d also just scared into the nettles.
6) You truly are total, all the gear, no idea, selfish wan#ers !!!Posted 3 years agozigzag69Member
Oh no we have plenty of inconsiderate eejits up here too. My point, and I think it was demonstrated by the OP is that a FOOTPATH does not equal a cycle path, and that therefore, behaviour and expectation is set because of this.
Up here, it’d just be a bunch of arseholes riding like dicks. Much simpler 🙂Posted 3 years agoD0NKSubscriber
That sort of behaviour would be equally crap on a bridleway.
Aye, rant worthy for sure but…. if you’ve never ever ridden on an FP you’re in a pretty small minority on here, so I’d stick to abusing them for their ****ish behaviour rather than bringing England’s anachronistic access laws into it.Posted 3 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
In many ways the footpath is a complete red herring. Riding natural trails requires you to be prepared to stop within the distance you can see to be clear and safe.
Behaviour like this will only hinder our chances of Scottish style access laws.
Great rant though, I think the grammar issues helped communicate his concerns very effectively.Posted 3 years agowhatnobeerMember
As we all know walkers and runners tend to have the brain capacity of a sheep when engaging in their favoured activities. This usually results in them suddenly and usually unnecessarily jumping off the trail without first looking to see what they’re jumping into.
Their lack of awareness of their surroundings and lack lack of ability to judge the speed, course and likely action of the bike means they usually get stung by nettles or similar. In turn they then blame the mountain bikers rather than their own panicked nature. Obscenities are usually exchanged and posts to internet forums are made.
No one is happy except the onlookers to the resulting internet forums posts who can sit and smile at the ranting and raving of someone who obviously has nothing better to do.Posted 3 years agodannyhMember
If you ride responsibly and are courteous to other users, the vast majority of other users will be fine with you being there – whether it is a footpath or not.
Anyone who starts to get a sweat on due to arcane access laws is the one with the problem in my view. They tend to be the type who go around the place looking to be offended and guess what, they often are.
No point in trying to reason with people like that, because they are inherently unreasonable.
Just get on with it, be nice to other folk, if someone ‘starts’ just ride off and ignore the twunt.Posted 3 years agoybotMember
Totally agree with the OP and no the very path he is talking about. I lead a lot of local rides and would always choose to by pass that one for the very reasons he mentions. Also agree that its not really about it being a footpath or not, its just about common sense and respecting others.Posted 3 years ago
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