Glentress – Unrideable this weekend – where was the warning!
Queue torrent of abuse as I didn’t log onto STW last week to check conditions.
If it hasn’t been said already, the black and red route were unrideable on Saturday. It would have been good for the FC had put out a warning and had some lower level routes advertised that would have been rideable.
I’m not averse to a bit of risk, but random sheet ice is going to end up with a busted wrist… maybe I’m gettting too old. Riding in a bit of 4″ deep snow is fun, but when it is endless!!!
On the plus side – take your running shoes with you as I did. Me and the Mrs did some orienteering instead – maps £1.50 at the hub cafe. Equally good fun.Posted 9 years agoNZColSubscriber
Look, i’m a long way away but i’ve seen the weather. And i’ve ridden at Glentress. Its on a hill, it gets quite high. Theres been a lot of snow and its been really really cold. Would it not have crossed your mind that maybe, just maybe, it wasn’t a great place to ride ? Honestly. Sorry but seems to me that you need to MTFU.Posted 9 years agoStu_NSubscriber
Fortnight of freezing weather and fairly hefty snowfalls will almost inevitably turn to ice. Like the conditions site says – couldn’t really be much clearer to my eyes. What more of a “warning” do you want them to “put out?”???
Coming soon to STW – “no-one told me Pope has Balcony and pointy hat”, “someones should have warned me that bears defacate in dense forest before I stood in it”. Do you want the Forestry to come round and wipe your hole for you as well?
Glentress – updated 9th February
Please note: the wallride on the Essentials Free Ride trail is closed until further notice. Sorry for inconvenience.
Hub café and bike shop: Hub café and bikeshop are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays until Easter (open rest of week).
Parking restrictions: Buzzards Nest Car Park, The Red Squirrel car park and the access road to these are closed to vehicles due to snow.
Trails: all open except for Wallrides section in Freeride Park (closed until further notice for review of timber features) and Super G on Red Route – closed until 20th February for maintenance work with digger. See diversion info.
Conditions: Snow on all trails – slippy and icy. From Buzzards Nest height and upwards the depth of snow makes riding v.difficult.
Diversions: Diversion at start of Super G on Red Route, via Betty Blue (Blue Route), rejoining Red Route at post 44 (start of Hit Squad Hill). Minor diversions on the final third of Electric Blue on the Blue Route until mid February due to timber flyover bridge construction and trail maintenance works.
More info: Contact Andy the MTB ranger on 07834 435380, or see the info board next to the parking meter at Osprey Car Park.Posted 9 years agoeckinspainMember
Hub café and bikeshop are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays until Easter
oh arse. I’m coming all the way from Spain to ride at Glentress at the end of March and the only days free to ride there are Monday and Tuesday.
Presumably you can still actually ride the trails? (though without a bike that could now prove to be problematic)Posted 9 years agonickcSubscriber
I really must try and get to a trail centre this year, if only to watch the people who ride there.
It is fun, but on no account must you postulate upon the fact that some riders may be wearing, in your opinion, excessive amounts of plastic fashioned into amour, to ride on what are essentially, as you rightly point out; very groomed trails… 😀
but, anyway, back to the OP, if a bloke the other side of the world could work out that maybe the trails after some of the heaviest snowfalls in a decade might be in a bit of a state, then perhaps it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that you could have guessed. No?Posted 9 years agodavebMember
The trails at Glentress were meant to be pretty slippy at the weekend and unrideable in places but a quick call to the Hub (who are normally pretty helpful with stuff like this) or a check of the website would have told you what the trails were like.
Its hardly their fault if the trails are snowy/icy.Posted 9 years agoShandySubscriber
Get a grip of yourself man.
You went into the hills in February with no preparations and were surprised when it wasn’t what you expected. Either prepare properly, make the best out of the conditions, or don’t go into the hills.
The place is there to make things more accessible, not to remove your obligation to use your brain.Posted 9 years agoBigDummySubscriber
I guess the main thing is how far you’re travelling to ride. I went out t’other weekend, into the darkest wilds of Surrey. I took a 20 minute train ride. The weather was repellent, the trails were hub-deep in freezing cold water ion some places, it was raining horizontally and was vilely cold. I blatted about for 2 hours, finishing up back at my door and leapt into a hot abth, where I spent the next two hours.
If I had driven for 2 hours to get to where I started the ride I would have been quite seriously hacked off. As it was there was not kcuh invested int he ride, so the fact that it was one to remember rather than one to enjoy didn’t much matter.
Agreed that the trail centre thing is a bit wierd…
😉Posted 9 years agoGary_MMember
Lesanita2 if you had gone for a ride in the Scotish mountains or the lake district for example would you have expected someone to tell you that it wouldn’t make a lot of sense to ride there what with all the snow and ice? No didn’t think so. Suerely given the weather we’ve had it would have made sense to at least give someone a call to find out what the trails were like. Another fine example of the wrapped in cotton woll trail centre rider.
Think for yourself, don’t expect everyone else to look after you.Posted 9 years agoAlasdairMcMember
I think they should build a roof over Glentress to allow year-round riding in t-shirts and shorts.
And perhaps have an escalator to the top, and then a gently meandering path down to the finish with adequate padding on each tree to avoid injury, and removal of all pointy rocks and potential dangers.
MTFU.Posted 9 years agokennypSubscriber
One of the skills/joys of mountain biking is planning for what the weather/conditions will be like. You won’t get it right all the time, but with a bit of experience you’ll become not bad.
On the other hand, if you want spoon fed all the information then you’ve maybe taken up the wrong sport.Posted 9 years agoro63rtMember
This is always up-dated whenever conditions change dramatically.Posted 9 years agoTrustyrustyMember
I posted here on Sunday to see if anyone had ridden GT and if it was OK (in regards to snow and ice) and one guy replied to say that he was riding elsewhere due to the weather. If i’d known that all I had to do was post GLENTRESS = DEATHTRAP!!!! and see who pops up to say I’m a fairy I’d have done that 😉
P.S. I didn’t take the bike in the end, but I’ll be back 😀 and I did loads of dangerous arseing about in the snow down here thanks very muchPosted 9 years ago
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