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  • Nevis new blue opening?
  • Premier Icon poah
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    Just noticed it’s on the map now, goes out a bit further than I expected! Wee climb in it, that’s a lot of trail

    10km apparently

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    I see they still have it stopping at the puggy line, you can always shoot along and pick up one of the other ways to finish, although I’m sure some discerning locals will also create some off piste finishes too. 🙂

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    Was funny though, watching folks walking their hardcore hardtails down it, realising they weren’t quite as hardcore 😉

    Surely a long travel hardtail would be more than up to it, it’s not THAT bad

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    The bike wasn’t the issue Joe, I meant they weren’t quite as hardcore as their bikes (same as most of us tbh!)

    I agree, it really isn’t that bad at all, but some folks get the fear on rock and are maybe used to riding in woods, not a big exposed hillside. The whole thing is rollable, and there’s even red dots to show you the easy line.

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    Surely a long travel hardtail would be more than up to it, it’s not THAT bad

    Agreed, the board walk “concentrates the mind” a bit, but there’s nothing horrific about the rest of it, pretty standard Red. I rode it for the first time in 2019 and even towards the bottom, I was still waiting for the black features…

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    It certainly taught me to ride rock as part of the trail rather than a “feature” I think it’s the sustained nature that makes it harder than a red, I’m meaning to go back and ride it now I have a long travel full suss as i suspect it’ll be a completely different experience.

    I Don’t know if this is true but I got the impression that some of the more wheel catching holes in the rock slabs had been filled in between my first and second visits ~ 3 years ago.

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    It does get progressively harder up to the deer fence. The section from the top of the little climb down the steep boardwalk and over the undulating slab definitely warrants a black grading.

    Nice to see the two trails will cross. Gives people the opportunity to try the easier start of Top Chief then bail unto the blue.

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    perhaps they could build a red start from that crossing point too, it could even link back into the blue further down, would start to allow more options.

    Thinking about this actually if you’re starting from scratch the thing to do is maybe to start with an easy trail and then build harder options linking off it that way you’re not straight into the all or nothing scenario you have at NR at the moment.

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Problem with having them intertwined is having experts thundering down the same easy runs as the newbs.

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    I kinda know what you mean Joe, but the last thing you wanna be doing is luring folk in with an easy start then balls oot once they’re baw deep in it. That’s the reason IMBA advocate qualifiers at the start of trails or on skills loops, if you canny ride this, step down a level type thing.

    Premier Icon joe-m
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    Yeah I can see why that’d be a problem, I think sensible trail building could help with that, a pull off area and a sharp turn followed by a qualifier at the start of the harder bit. All of this is much easier to achieve when trails cross fire roads at regular intervals but surely it’s not impossible.
    In terms of fast people and newbs interacting, I think this will happen whatever you do do as blasting down a blue is nearly as much fun as working your way down a technical black.

    Premier Icon richmtb
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    perhaps they could build a red start from that crossing point too, it could even link back into the blue further down, would start to allow more options.

    There’s already a fireroad there that would link the blue to the top of the World Champs XC Red. A short new section of single track would make it more interesting.

    Your three options could then be.

    Blue Level – Blue Steel top to bottom
    Red Level – Top Chief Upper, Red link to World Champs, World Champs to finish.
    Black Level – Top Chief top to bottom

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    It does get progressively harder up to the deer fence. The section from the top of the little climb down the steep boardwalk and over the undulating slab definitely warrants a black grading.

    Yip. From there down to the deer gate it’s pretty relentless well beyond any red graded trail centre trail that I’ve ridden, and it’s continual.

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    All of this talk about how it can be linked up and everything is wishfull thinking. Apparently it’s not even going to be finished this summer.

    Don’t know why though as they’ve had months to do it when everyone was furloughed

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    I’d be amazed if it isn’t finished soon. I was told June by someone that works there

    There was a lot of it done last year. Theres footage of sections being ridden

    Premier Icon joe-m
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    The issue being that its more or less still winter up there now, I was ice climbing on ben nevis last week, it’s been quoted earlier on this thread as being end of June early july, reckon they’ll bust a gut to have it open for the Scottish school holidays.

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    Don’t know why though as they’ve had months to do it when everyone was furloughed

    – obviously furlough means something else for you as no-one was working during furlough so nothing could get done.

    Saying that, those who weren’t furloughed, there was a lockdown on manual work and I think they couldn’t return to work until September-ish time, so the ‘summer’ months weren’t utilised due to no-one working.

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    All of this talk about how it can be linked up and everything is wishfull thinking. Apparently it’s not even going to be finished this summer.

    Don’t know why though as they’ve had months to do it when everyone was furloughed

    Bizarre.

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    Premier Icon tabletop2
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    I just meant why furlough the trail builders when getting it open as early as they can would hopefully make a good return of investment.

    But you have a good point about the weather – I had sort of forgotten that it would be difficult with snow..

    Premier Icon tabletop2
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    Which is silly of me considering I was skiing the back Corrie’s only a few days ago haha

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    Looks good, oh and they’ve stolen the name from Blue Steel at Lady Cannings that Ride Sheffield setup 🙂

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    “standard red” my bum 🙂

    Premier Icon nickc
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    “standard red” my bum 🙂

    haha, fairy-muff, I’ve probably blanked the more difficult sections! back up in the summer I’ll give it another go.

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