Trail centre on your own….
Ever done it? Not in a billy no mates way but alone? I had a trail centre (Davagh, NI) all to myself this morning. Driving up through freezing fog to the haunted car park was a little unnerving but Mr Sun appeared during my hurried, fear induced poo to scared the fog away and provide a warm welcome.
And since there was only me, i took the opportunity to skip the boring road and gravel climbs and rode up the trails. Pretty interesting it was too. Some really nice wandering ascents with enough rocks and drops to get over to provide a bit of a challenge. Also meant i could make sure the trail was clear for the way back down again.
If you don’t mind riding solo and you can find an empty trail centre, i’d recommend it. 😉
Also got to try out the integrated GoPro mount on the Bell Super. Just took a couple of shots but i think i prefer the side helmet view, though maybe if there was someone in front it would look more better.
/boring helmet cam/
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBjSlx_WHjo&feature=c4-overview&list=UUPvti4d0R4E6J7p8wPSPmaQ[/video]Posted 4 years agowigglesMember
Only every ridden them alone! Usually very early as well generally on the trails by 6-8am depending on the light and time of year, so rarely bump into anyone at all often the first car in the carpark.
Makes it a lot less embarrassing when i collapse of exhaustion after the first small climb…Posted 4 years agosharkattackMember
Solo is the norm for me as it’s so much hard work getting people out riding. Done Inners and Glentress a couple of times. I like being able to go at my own pace everywhere and take detours or repeat the fun parts.
Hamsterley is my local at a mere one hour away. It’s easy to catch that place empty. I know it gets busy but everyone seems to be packing up when I arrive which means I get a lie in and empty trails. I wouldn’t do it any other way.
Done hamsterley alone in the dark as well. Whole different ball game!Posted 4 years agoJeffusMember
Coed Y B The Beast mid week torential rain , carpark was empty , cafe had some walkers in taking refuge. stood in the shower for £2’s worth trying to warm up, awesome ride though brakes stopped working with the volume of water, never ridden so fast 😀
Rorschach is my friend but we never seem to get to ride , and he is way way faster than me , he would have to do alot of waiting 😀Posted 4 years agoLMTMember
Far too often, tend to go on the a biking hol with the OH she has the realisation that after one go at a trail its too difficult and doesn’t like it. So ive rode wolftrax, Witches Trails (fort william), Nevis Red (immense fun!!), Glentress, Afan (all trails!) and regularly Cannock.
Great fun blasting round trails, only problem is i always have in the back of my mind i just hope i don’t have an accident. Especially as some days i never see another biker on the trails at all.Posted 4 years agohot_fiatSubscriber
Have ridden llandegla, cyb, carron valley, hamsterley, kielder (loads of times) and glentress on my own. All were either afternoon or early evening rides in the summer apart from one epic day at glentress with 3″ of snow on the ground. Midweek is best for the feeling of being away from it all. You might see the odd xc whippet, but the likelihood is you’ll see more squirrels, deer, boar or badgers than people. Just don’t forget to tell someone where you’re off to.Posted 4 years agoDanWMember
Used to ride Cwm Carn solo about once or twice a month when living closer and rarely saw anyone else. Even at the weekends I’d only ever see people at the very start getting ready to ride DH but no-one on Twrch. I didn’t ride much in Summer but in Winter it was pretty empty!Posted 4 years agomilky1980Member
Yes. All of the following in the last year or two:
Mostly at night but sometimes just by pure chance. Had a night off between two night shifts back a few months ago so did FOD and Cwmcarn at night and didn’t see a soul on either, even on the drive between I had the roads to myself!!
Being all alone in the middle of nowhere on your bike is ace, especially on a clear night 😀Posted 4 years agocoolhandlukeSubscriber
It’s the only way for me usually.
Unreliable mates, usually late or not at all, I’ve given up even waiting now, in fact, I’ve given up asking them.
Also, I usually work alone and manage to cram a ride in with that sometimes
Inness, Glentress, Lagan, FoD with work,
Llandegla, Cannock otherwise.
It can get a bit scary at times (big off stuff not monsters) and riding the black at Lagan last thing in the afternoon when there were no cars in the car park was a bit disconcerting but I soon forgot all that when up to speed.Posted 4 years ago_tom_Member
I’ve ridden trail centres a few times with other people but almost always ride with myself which I tend to prefer as I can go at whatever pace I want, re-do certain bits I want to try again etc. And if I wait for my mate who rides then it’s always late as he has no concept of time management/organisation.
For BMX I hate riding by myself though, it’s just not the same as when all my mates used to ride.Posted 4 years agoEuroMember
How do you know someone hasn’t arrived and is heading round the correct way???
Removed my earphones so i could listen out. I think anyone coming the other way would have heard my panting and puffing from miles off.
Just don’t forget to tell someone where you’re off to.
😳 I never thought of that but it makes total sense and i will next time. I did wear knee pads so i was thinking ‘safety first’ sort of 😀
GT and Innerleithen are great in reverse
I bet they are, and they’re not bad the right way too.Posted 4 years agodukeduvetSubscriber
Yes at Glentress.
One very hot and sunny Saturday tea time one June. Saw a few folks in the car park but not many. Had the trails to myself which surprised me a lot for such good weather. One of those rides that has something special about it and stays in your head.Posted 4 years ago
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