- Gisburn forest sheet ice
- elaine anneMember
so from Todmorden to Gisburn forest arrived at 10.30am…gets to the car park bottle ice everywhere….people were turning away and heading home, one or two people with snow tyres even fell off….. my son and hubby had a walk down the trail -just bottle ice all over… two people did set off down the trail and within minutes skidded on the bottle ice….bahumb…Posted 6 years ago
if you want to go to the forest today all you need is a Toboggon…. for the cresta run…. 😉
just got home bored now 🙄oxnopMember
Just back from a couple of hours of Hebden Tech.
Largely ok – Some ice on the Pecket Well descent and parts of Blue Pig – All rideable albeit slower than usual
Church lane all bottle ice but easy enough to stay on to top as long as you sit and spin.
Aly’s wound and zig zags descents were perfectly fine – Mud all frozen which is an added bonusPosted 6 years agosturiderMember
Saturdays ride from Haworth 2 H, Bridge and back was a real test of ice riding. Great fun if a little tiring 🙂Posted 6 years ago
Some none bike ride photos included.
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Lee Quarry is the same. Starting to thaw in Rossendale but I think it’ll be a good few days for the ice to go, Crown Point and Deerplay Moor were solid yeasterday, ended up riding home on the road.
Worth keeping an eye of http://www.pmba.org.uk/gisburn.htm as I try and keep an up to date summary of trail conditions, hopefully be doing the same for Lee Quarry if I get the trail guide finished.Posted 6 years agomartinhutchSubscriber
You were given a conditions report in good faith. Just because we had a couple of thaw/freeze cycles in the interim doesn’t make him worthy of abuse.
I agree with your gritting comment though. Obviously it’s a bit of a chore for the volunteers to nip around 13 miles with a bucket of salt, so perhaps they should tarmac them so a proper gritter can get through?Posted 6 years ago
i think you told me it was fine but hully gully was pretty bad and you said the hope line was ok
Yep, that’s about right.
Maybe one persons ridable is another persons no go. Sorry you had a wasted day Chris. It sounds to have deteriorated a little during the week.
I don’t think there’s anything that could be done other than keeping an eye on the weather, e.g. thawing and freezing and to just accept that when you head out in conditions as they are now to be prepared to have a different experience to when the trails are dry.
Regarding gritting, it’s just not going to happen given that maintenance is largely volunteer based and grit isn’t going to be effective anyway. Besides I had a laugh in the snow and ice. I like the variety.Posted 6 years agostumpyjonSubscriber
I’ve been designing airborne grit dispensers all afternoon
One of those situated up by the quarry should be able grit all the trails and then for the rest of year we can use it to pick off those riders who don’t stick to the trails, drop litter, skid, drag their brakes, ride the wrong way, ride sections before they’ve bedded in and generally whinge about the state of the trail we’ve built in our free time that they’ve haven’t had to pay to use.Posted 6 years ago
I’m sure gritting would be ineffective, even when applied by tank, but…
Maybe we could set up a lobby group campaigning for under trail heating for Gisburn. I reckon with about 100mil* investment and an annual fuel bill of just 10mil it might just be a goer. We could raise some private investment by asking for the dog & partridge to pay half. They might need to charge a little more for flapjacks though.
I recon with this we’d be able to prevent inconvenience annually for at least 30 people.
*Figure may be completely made up, post may contain sarcasm.Posted 6 years agomartinhutchSubscriber
On reflection, both gritting and undertrail heating seem a little impractical. How about a retractable roof? I’m sure it’s not too late to work it into the budget for the new facilities.
It’s shameful that Gisburn charges so much for parking and yet gives nothing back to the users who have made it what it is.Posted 6 years ago
It’s shameful that Gisburn charges so much for parking and yet gives nothing back to the users who have made it what it is.
That’s coming I believe, but with all proceeds guaranteed going back into the trails. Altho I’m not convinced that gritting the trails for Chump_mbuk will be high on the volunteer builders priority list.Posted 6 years ago
Retractable roof? Now you’re talking – like Wimbledon. I think with an entrance fee of say £50 per circuit it might be viable. Maybe extend the motorway from Blackburn. Let’s get some lottery funding for a Gisburn Eye so the family can enjoy an ice cream with a view of the Forest of Bowland. And perhaps enlarge the reservoir, an artificial island…Posted 6 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
Wasn’t Hully Gully originally called The Rollercoaster? A proper one of those is the answer – clamp your bike into the carriages at the top, pull down the harness, and be launched down the track with all the speed and g-force but zero risk, even when it’s icy.Posted 6 years ago
My bike had all this grey muck on it when I got back. Can we do something to sort that out? Maybe a team of trail sweeps? Can we have a travellator up to whelpstone because my legs got a little tired.
Whilst we’re at it can we employ Steve Peat or someone with similar skills to permanently man the freeride trail to give hints, tips and advice?Posted 6 years ago
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