How far and how often do you drive to ride?
Done a lot of riding from the door this year. Can be offroad in 20 seconds and have loads of stuff I can link up.
I’ve driven to Pentlands once this year (about 20 mins drive – though have ridden out three times, takes about an hour each way), plus Glentress 3 times (just under an hour each way) and Lakes once for a 3 day weekend (about 2.5 hours each way).
Generally do more drive-to-ride in summer – probably go up north once or twice a month from March to November, and have driven to the Alps in the summer for 2-3 weeks holiday.Posted 6 years agocinnamon_girlSubscriber
Although I’m lucky to have singletrack close by, I yearn for wildlife, scenery, views, bit of history so that meant anything up to 100 mile round trip for an all-day picnic ride. In that time I could get to such a variety of locations and terrain.
Nevertheless these days I’m severely restricting myself due to the high cost of fuel. More map studying really.
Bit crap really. 🙁Posted 6 years ago_tom_Member
About 2 hours/~100 miles each way is my limit. In the summer I do that about twice a month. Can’t justify any more as it’s too expensive and I hate getting up at silly o’clock to go riding! Does get very annoying and I envy people with good local trails.
I’ve just found a nice looking local spot for building my own jumps/drops so I think I’m gonna stick to working on that for the time being, save myself some money!Posted 6 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I’ll ride Swinley from my doorstep, and usually road rides too. But sometimes I’ll go by car to get the first few miles out of the way and avoid the town.
In a normal* week,
Saturday – Pangbourne, about 17miles away by road
Sunday – Roadie club run or solo ride from my door or Swinley from my door
Tuesday – Farnbrough and surrounding area, about 17 miles
Thursday – as Tuesday
I could ride from my door every day. but I’d be bored very quickly.
*Probably averaging 50-60miles a week of driving to ride.Posted 6 years agoAnditukMember
I drive most of the time. I do some riding from home, but mostly flat road and paths. There’s little to no “decent” riding round here, so you have to drive, and once you’ve loaded up the car, you might as well drive somewhere good.
And yes, I have spent more time driving than riding on quite a few occasions.Posted 6 years agoSkyline-GTRMember
I used to work at the Afan (Glyncorrwg) Trail Centre, and I’d ride after work most nights until a few months before I left.
I’d have to drive there to work, so it was all good.
The trails are so poor there now due to lack of maintenance, and the local secret stuff is being destroyed systematically due to the felling program to control the spread of P Ramorum in the area. I gave up riding there and consequently working there.
I’m building my own set of trails in the Swansea Valley now, right on my doorstep. My kids and their friends are loving it.Posted 6 years ago
And I’ve got a lot of local guys involved in building “our” trails in local woods not controlled by the FC.
It’s great, perfect singletrack tailored to our riding styles that we can evolve as and when necessary.
I love riding trail centres, But now I’ve got my own version, I really can’t see a reason to drive anywhere to ride.
And I don’t see why anyone else “has” to drive to ride either.buzz-lightyearMember
To answer the question about 15/25 min drives…
Stockhill is 15 mins by car and, for me, 40 mins to road ride. The advantage of riding is that I get a reasonably good downhill back to the house. But if I have a small time-window, I drive.
Burrington Combe is 25 mins by car and, for me, 80 mins to road ride. I rarely have time to ride up there. That time is for mountain biking.
It’s all open country roads – 60mph (in the car 🙂Posted 6 years ago
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