- So THAT’s what Glentress is about
Got a call from Illy from Hotlines at 8:30am telling me that he was on his way to Glentress for the Future Publishing Bike Demo day (Sunday), and he was going to pick up up in 2hrs. Bit of a shock to me and the family, but bag packed, apologies made, we were on the road for most of the day due to a scenic but slow route thanks to his Satnav being set in “pretty roads” mode we got there about three, in the wind and rain.
The Hub was rammed, the coffee was good, and as the crowds started to drift home, I bought a new waterproof coat from the Hub bikeshop, the clouds started to drift apart, and by 5pm, I was at the top of Spooky Woods and basically had the place to myself.
From looking at the map, I seem to have ridden:-
Pennels Vennel, Super G, Hit Squad Hill, Blue Velvet, Betty Blue, Ewok Village, Double X, The Bitch, Magic Mushroom.
It was interesting to see this place that so many people talk about. Favourite Trail I think was Hit Squad Hill, with the nice Black shortcut at that corner, I remember Double X and The Bitch being quite interesting too.
So – some riding on Saturday, a meal out with Future Publishing on Saturday night, Sunday woke clear and blue and sparkly, and I shared a breakfast table with Nico, who was over as he rides for Lapierre who Hotlines distribute as well (awesome bikes, oh, and he’s not bad either).
Got another ride in on the Sunday, riding much of the same again. It was good. I’d not go again recreationally but as this was “work”, it was OK 😉
I can do berms now (though the ones at Lee Quarry are better), I can do doubles (though the ones at Lee Quarry are better), but yeah, for sociable types, I can see what the attraction is. There’s a shitload of riding at Glentress, and I love the feeling of just railing into stuff, or hitting rock obstacles knowing that they’ve designed it so they won’t kill you. ps: has anyone done Spooky Woods “brakeless” – I think that’d be a fun thing to try.Posted 8 years ago
Having re-read my post, it does read a bit like an advertorial. So sorry for that.
It was so so. Yeah. I terms of the disruption to family life, huge amount of travelling time (4hrs each way), and the riding on my doorstep being more up might street (less berms, more rocks) then I’m happy to stay local.
Nice to see what all the noise is about though!Posted 8 years ago
Brant – it certainly has a ‘bike park’ feel to it, i think if you are used to the more natural stuff, and been riding a while pre bike park it is an odd experience, many friends of mine that have been riding only the man made trails hate places like quantocks etc – and can’t see why i’d go there – i think much of it’s a mindset as much as the facilities/trails etc.Posted 8 years ago
many friends of mine that have been riding only the man made trails hate places like quantocks etc – and can’t see why i’d go there
Yeah – in some ways I actually liked the freeride park bit best of all. And the couple of jumps at the top of spooky woods.
Or just ride it in a silly pump-track sort of way. That’s fun. Or brakeless.Posted 8 years ago
I love the rollercoaster, “point and shoot”, of well made manmade trails, especially spooky woods for example, or even pink heffer. The flattering build means I can get the meerest hint of “air” and feel a trailgod for the briefest moment.
Maybe I dont know what a super technical trail really is? I think some of the black mountian descents qualify off the northern edge. And big days out with a map and a full back pack are fantastic too. But different. s’all good.Posted 8 years ago
I like the bottom of Deliverance 🙂
I just love the faux-trailoverlords getting above themselves about trail centres. FFS, open and free trails tend to have open bridleways and farm road/track’s in them – even in the Lakes. So how does that sit with the trailcentres then? **** hate people who look down on others, go and join a roadbike club if you want to portray arrogance and oneupmanship over another mans choice.Posted 8 years ago
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