- Most technical descent in the Chilterns?
The Chilterns are great – masses of bridleways, great scenery, heaps of XC etc, but not exactly know for anything technical.
I’m happy enough with that, but would be interested to see what the new bike is capable of (fully rigid, 29er plus) so wondering what the most technical (steep, rocky, rooty) descents might be in the Chilterns?
I’m down in Wallingford, so guessing it would further NE to find some steeper stuff?Posted 2 years ago
Any Chiltern’s local got any suggestions?faustusMember
Struggling to think of anything actually technical…the long descent from Park Corner to Warburg nature reserve is ‘tricky’ if not technical. It has a lot of loose surface and lots of large flints, so going fast on it is difficult and not that pleasant. Otherwise I can only think of occasional roots and the geology means no real rockiness except for loose flints…
EDIT – I just went for more speed to increase difficulty, it’s still all nice riding tooPosted 2 years agoadshMember
On an early morning away from walkers it’s probably the footpath section of Grims Ditch – personally I avoid.
Grims Ditch bridleway’s reasonably twisty, Aston XC loop has more roots and turns than you can shake a stick at but take your climbing legs (I race XC and still use 28/42 on it)Posted 2 years agojamesoSubscriber
The straight-line run down the chalk gulley off dunstable downs can get pretty technical : )
Otherwise it’s Aston Hill. Natural trails in this whole area aren’t tech as such, but riding some of them fast on a rigid bike is a kind of technical challenge, one of line choice, carrying speed over roots, flow over the ground and through slippy corners etc. None of it is steep, chunky and scary-looking but there are a couple of lesser-known trails that many people would walk down.
PM me if you’re planning to ride around Wendover area, happy to show you a few runs.Posted 2 years agoadshMember
I did the whole of Grims Ditch yesterday, i wasn’t quick as i don’t know the trail so was taking it easy and it being rooty didn’t really suit my HT much, but i was a very enjoyable trail
FWIW I think that’s the right way to ride Grims Ditch.
1. It’s a right of way – walkers and possibly a Strava wannabee round a blind bend
2. It’s banked with no run off – overcook it and it can really hurt.Posted 2 years agohughjayteensMember
Aston is pretty steep and technical although you’re a braver man than me to try that on a rigid bike! TBH, apart from the drop at the end which you can ride around, the black doesn’t have any big drops or jumps so might be ‘fun’. Ricochet is also pretty techy but not as steep. Root Canal has quite a few smallish drops and then some super steep switchbacks. Surface 2 Air probably no fun on a rigid.Posted 2 years agopetecMember
that one from Whitchurch to Goring used to be great when there was nothing but steps. Riding down the steps used to be ace.
then the national trust put in a path.
Back when the Hairy Legs was a proper Biathlon it was on the route. One dog walker complained (about 300 cyclists coming at him 😯 ) and it got changed to two runs instead. Still ace.Posted 2 years ago
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