Slow technical trails. Who likes em/ Who doesnt?
Encountered quite a lot of these climbs over Dartmoor a few weeks back. Initially I was quite enjoying the challenge, but the novelty soon wore off as my legs started getting weary. If I had Olympic levels of fitness I think I would enjoy them all the time. To summarise – I like them when I feel fresh and full of energy.Posted 4 years agoteamhurtmoreSubscriber
Not sure about the technical bit, I just hate slow flat trails. When riding on Pitch Hill in Surrey Hills, I often warm up on T0 (I think) which is flat, simple trail. 8/10 I will fall off on a wet root or something simple. It gets me every time. Some warm up!!!!Posted 4 years agoLosidanMember
Case in point is today. nipped out for a lunch ride and took a new track I had seen but wondered where it went. Quickly ended up being a rocky grind up a gloopy narrow track. In the end it was foot down and push job. Through a gate and it got steeper still with more of the same.
It dawned on me that I just was not enjoying myself at all and wished I hadn’t bothered.
Now the flagged bit over ilkley moor from Cowpur Cross and then down to Burley Moor…I enjoyed riding that last weekend loads.Posted 4 years agoallmountainventureMember
Not really on the main climbing – but then who wants to ride a 400m gain up singletrack? But I like a few short sharp techie uphill bits here and there on the downhills. There is one undulating ridge line that I ride which has 4 short techie climbs and people seem to really dig the challenge.
My favourite types of trails are ones with a mix of both flowy faster sections and slower techie bits (i.e like a bunch of tight switchbacks or boulder shicains) all mixed together. Not big into trialesque riding but sections that require a bit of trackstanding, wheelie hops and tornadoes are also a lot of fun too.
Variety is what I like.Posted 4 years agothegeneralistMember
Absolutely love difficult technical tiring uphills. Even prefer them to downhills. Something that’s right at the limit of what you can do. Maybe something that takes a few attempts before you crack it.
Case in point is the sandstone slabs between Hollins Cross and Mam Tor. They start off easy and flat, get steeper, get stepped, get steeper and more stepped. Then a little switchback to really kill you.
* strictly speaking it’s no longer bridleway at this point, since the BW sneaks off right, but anyway.Posted 4 years agothegeneralistMember
Or the hill at CyB just after the huge waterfalls. You know, you go over the humpback bridge, up a steep short road climb, turn left then immediately right up this diagonal path.
Years ago (12+?) that hill used to be excellent. There were a few rocky tricky sections, which combined with the length of it was quite a challenge. Now it’s just a tedious slog after they’ve removed the difficult bits.Posted 4 years agoLosidanMember
Personally stuff that is “technical” in terms of rocky ascents etc I am not a fan of. Frankly do my head in. Probably because I am useless at them and need to be more proficient. I seem to happy on flowier stuff.
So who likes and who doesnt? I always have a thought that riding an MTB I should have some deep rooted love of technical tight trails but not me sir. Crawling up some steep rocky incline just doesnt float my boat. Be interested to hear what you go for/avoid like the plague.Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
I love flow but steep techy slo-mo DH stuff is great. I watched the first 2 Kranked films far too many times. When we started out on cheap Raleighs etc we used to ride steep slopes in the bomb holes or other steep lines locally. Stuff with chainset-scraper roll-ins and tight sandy corners etc. The ‘pussy of the week’ game – if you bottled a steep roll-in that the rest cleared, you were it. Going OTB was fine, you tried. Techy climbing challenges were good but less funny. It’s all just skills+fitness tests.
We’ve spent time sessioning techy rocky climbs at 2000m+ in the Alps. Daft but fun once you start. Too much of it when you’re tired is frustrating tho – there’s a limit.Posted 4 years agoJonEdwardsMember
Love that kind of stuff. Better at the DH end than the climbing side (my trials skills and ultimate power output aren’t really good enough), but stuff like LaVarda or some of the cheeky Peaks stuff is when I end up riding my best. You just have to commit so hard mentally and physically to make it come together – when you get it right it does flow.
Bloody hard on both me and the bike though. Gritstone just shaves skin, ally, plastic, carbon off like it’s butter.Posted 4 years agoJunkyardMember
Slow technical climbs are ok but too many are NFM [ Not for Mortals] and just a oush IME.
Down I do enjoy a technical ricky descent as it pits your skills rather than your nerve/balls – I am old and take too long to recover these days
Did 5 hours once with 2000m climbing and an average of 3.5 mph!!Posted 4 years agowarpcowMember
It’s pretty much all there is around me, unless you like fireroads. I’ve learned to love it and appreciate the challenge of making it flow, or just plain ‘making it’. The few occasions I get out to smoother, flowier stuff it just doesn’t me giggle in a “did I really just do that?” kind of way.Posted 4 years agotomasoSubscriber
As satisfying as flowy fast trails are, its all a bit too easy. I prefer nadgery stuff that barely flows – up and down maximum effort of lungs legs and skills, right up to when I fall offPosted 4 years ago
Stuff that is actually downhill but you still have to pedal and throw yourself at step ups, water bars, becks and preferably some random bog action. Angle Tarn, Ullswater Shore and the lower part of Nan Bield all only flow if you can join the dots._tom_Member
Not a big fan. I prefer my descents to be fast and swoopy with big berms and proper sized jumps. Dirt Merchant, Black/Blue Velvet and Crank It Up are the perfect trails for my tastes! Don’t mind a bit of tech every now and then but its not the funnest for me. I dont mind a good technical climb though! Although saying that there is some fun to be had with battering through a rough as fook section of roots or rocks.Posted 4 years ago
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