[Smug] Anyone else feel like they are living in a MTB paradise at the moment? Its not too hot but generally blue skies. The trails round me are running incredibly, everytime its forecast heavy rain we seem to get just enough to dampen down the dust a fraction without returning to mud. [/Smug]
Of course, the weather will turn soon and already some of the less used trails are getting overgrown but for now its just prime 🙂Posted 2 years ago
Our trails are rapidly becoming midge hell…
(Not my pic, but last few days outdoors have been like this in Kinlochleven, Dunblane and Dundee outskirts…)Posted 2 years ago
Its amazing in Calderdale at the moment!Posted 2 years ago
Ride faster Matt…. 😂Posted 2 years ago
10 days in Roto felt a bit like it, so did a few days in WhistlerPosted 2 years ago
Those midges look more like a nightmare!Posted 2 years ago
the pennines of yorkshire have been immense.. never seen it running so dry and fast..
plenty of mid ride snacks with all the greenfly tooPosted 2 years ago
From my office desk it looks absolutely perfect.
I really should get out on my bike sometime.Posted 2 years ago
If anything, the trails round here have become too loose and powdery. We have deep puddles of dirt/sand in places.
Never fear, it’s about to end next week as I go on holiday ….Posted 2 years ago
Aye Calderdale is lush at the minute, off exploring later on this eve after work.Posted 2 years ago
Blimey, that midge picture is horrific!Posted 2 years ago
Cycling around Oslo pretty awesome at the moment. It’s been nearly 30 degrees for the last month and the terrain blown me awayPosted 2 years ago
that sounds great woody, got any pics?Posted 2 years ago
Dry and dusty, lovely 🙂
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I mostly ride in or around Llandegla and it’s almost too dry at the minute! A few weeks back there was a thick layer of dust over everything and it was like ice in places! Went on Sunday after a bit of rain a few days before and it was incredible, the grip everywhere was unreal. You’ll never get the fabled “hero dirt” at a centre, but I reckon that’s as close as you’ll ever get!Posted 2 years ago
Unfortunately no photos. But imagine endless pine forested mountains with lakes in between linked by 100kms of gravel fire roads and rocky/rooty trails. All within 15 mins of the front door.Posted 2 years ago
There are some dried out dartmoor bogs that I have never seen dry.Posted 2 years ago
Yep. If anything, I’m finding myself grateful for the occasional shower which is serving to keep the trail surfaces just barely glued together.Posted 2 years ago
those midges are giving me the heebeegeebees!!Posted 2 years ago
Midges… Here’s a photo someone posted from a west coast Audax last weekend. Some people were riding with nets on the night sections.
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I rode Ae on Monday and the midges were that bad in the car park I threw the bike in the car and drove off barefoot to escape them! (Didn’t work, the little bastids were still flying around when I got in the car the following morning).
Hebden tomorrow, it’s riding as good as I’ve seen it.Posted 2 years ago
West of Scotland here so know all about midges…… A proper preride application of Smidge before getting togged up gets rid of most of the issue, certainly lower and upper limbs. Not so easy for face, but it really does work and makes intolerable quite tolerable.Posted 2 years ago
See this is what I always mean when I say 100% head to toe coverage is the only option, ain’t no chemicals known to man stopping that!Posted 2 years ago
Midges swarm in Argyll
That does have a – man lands on the moon/does a bear shit it the woods – feel to it. I giggled when /i seen it anyhow! 😆Posted 2 years ago
Not noticed any midges in Aberdeenshire yet. Everything is just so dry though. Not that I’m complaining 🙂Posted 2 years ago
Just got back in from a hour spin on the local fells. Proper good, unbelievable sunset too. Only slightly worry is we’re on a spring for water so awaiting the hero dirt coming out of the taps!
Re the midges we’ve got enough down here in the lakes but not quite on the biblical scale in the above pics 😮Posted 2 years ago
@woody71 – I’m super jealous, Oslo is awesome for riding, unfortunately sounds like I picked exactly the wrong time to come back to the UK. Won’t be back there til end of summer, hope the weather sticks around! 🙂Posted 2 years ago
Rained last night! Noooo!Posted 2 years ago
NAh, Paradise was Andalusia last year this exact week… that as paradise…
It’s nice enough here though at the moment 🙂Posted 2 years ago
Starting to think that if anything we need a bit of rain now. While it’s been lovely to be outside, the Surrey Hills trails are an absolute sandpit at the moment.Posted 2 years ago
Don’t think I’ve ever seen the Lakes this dry. You can gaze at the bottom of some of the usual perma-puddles for the first time ever.
Obviously Green Quarter was still wet.Posted 2 years ago
The Brecon Beacons were the same yesterday, perma-puddles bone dry and everywhere far too dusty! A good day of rain will sort things out but it’ll also mean every bramble, nettle and fern will have a growth spurt.Posted 2 years ago
The footprint bumps baked into the clay are starting to wear smooth in our woods. And the mega boggy trails that I never ride are now in fine form. Perhaps time to do some maintenance to make sure that on the next rain it runs away.
milky1980 fancy some digging?Posted 2 years ago
I was out on the trails north of Cardiff yesterday, and it doesn’t appear any more rain is needed for a green growth spurt there. In some cases, the trails have almost disappeared under greenery.Posted 2 years ago
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