What's happened to cwmcarn twrch!?!
I rode it for the first time the other week, on a freezing cold day with snow on all but the first 10 mins or so worth of trail. I thought it was great, holding up really well in the conditions, right the way through. I guess that makes me the mountain bike equivalent of a music fan who only starts liking a band once they’ve sold out and gone commercial.Posted 4 years agoLoCoMember
Dunno, has always been pretty busy if gone over ther at the weekend, all sections seem ok on the heavily adjusted downhil section after the climb by carpark 3 may not wear too well as braking bumps and holes are starting to appear it’ll either fall to bits or return back closer to it’s original rockyness, a bit sketchy for beginners at the moment though if a bit wet.Posted 4 years agoLoCoMember
The bit after the tree ‘bus stop’ seems to have had a load of earth dumped over it and as mentioned above appears to be getting holes blown in it, waiting to see how it beds in, it’s smoother but still fairly challenging for beginners if going fairly quick, I have a feeling it’s going to catch someone out soon.Posted 4 years ago
Lower straight section a bit smoother, but with a larger little ‘drop’ onto it.
No huge differences and still fun to ride overall ( 120mm hardtail )
i’ve worked on both ‘wild’ trails and ‘trail centre’ trails. there are very different demands placed on them.Posted 4 years ago
it’s interesting to see people complain about maintenance of trails, both at trail centres and where it concerns other paths, BW etc. usually it’s completely well meaning, both the complaining and the maintenance! one man’s sanitisation is another man’s management. work is usually carried out to manage water, in one aspect or another, usually beds in and roughs again after a period of time, and evolves again. it’s difficult to strike a balance between having to completely rebuild a section because it’s been allowed to go too far, possibly closing that section while it gets sorted, and catching it at the right time i reckon. particularly true of trail centres where there is a lot of traffic. also factor in that the trail is supposed to be a certain ‘grade’ ( not that there’s much consistency with that, but that’s a different topic…. ), so you have to be somewhere within a vague band of difficulty.
you can’t please everyone. best you can do is try and manage the decline and the resurfacing sensibly. the one thing you can’t do is ‘keep it the same’, because it’s always changing. 😀
you’ll get used to it, the trail will degrade or improve, depending upon how you look at it, and in a while we’ll all forget about it.hambl90Member
I’m also a local and ride there every week, when the maintenance was first done i didn’t like it but its starting to bed in nicely now and will soon be back as it was before . Spoke to the ranger about it when it was being done and he told me it was necessary as some parts were attached to common land and was starting to erode . I just feel lucky to have it as my local . Also heard today that if planning is passed we will have a new Xc trail by December at cwmcarn 🙂Posted 4 years ago
I wonder why people always ride that same loop when its surronded by so many other quality trails.
probably for the same reasons people do he same thing at our local centre. they don’t know other stuff is there, or if they do, don’t know how to link it up in to a decent ride.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
There’s a trail lifecycle which is very poorly understood tbh. New manmade trail is usually smooth and shiny. That doesn’t mean the trailbuilders want it to be that way or stay that way, it’s just what happens when you compact dirt/rock/gravel, whatever you may be building with. Essentially the trailbuilders have made a trailbaby, which will grow in interesting ways
So, what tends to happen is- a bit gets a bit worn out (this might not be that obvious, it might be that it’s draining poorly and so wear is accelerated, it’s not necessarily a riding experience thing). So it gets resurfaced, and everyone spits the dummy and says “why have they built a bmx track!!2oNez!”. Then over the next year or so it roughs up again and gets back to pretty much what it’s supposed to be like. Then there’s a long, happy midlife, until it gets a bit worn out and it all repeats.
Often trails ride best when they’re right on the edge of falling apart, and worst when they’re brand new but if you want a durable, longlived trail you can’t have one without the other.Posted 4 years ago
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