Had a bit of an impromptu ‘mini-dig’ at Healey Nab today.We were going to just tweak a few berms in a small section but ended up almost doing a complete re-build.
The extra work was so worth it as its riding sooooo sweetly!! Even managed to add in a few options for some Berm-to-Berm transfers too. Gonna take a few rides to really get it pinned but here is a short little test run to whet your whistle!
I cant believe that this place last week was a foot deep in snow. You really cant beat the early morning winter sun when it decides to show its face, there is just so much warmth to it!
Only a couple of quick shots from the GoPro this morning as my visit was cut decidedly short by a dog, then a tree and lastly, said dogs irate owner. I did happen to be on an MTB ONLY trail and so was not quite expecting this! There is only so many times i can swerve and hit a tree instead of a dog/person/child/ferret/anaconda/Grandma (delete as appropriate) before i cant afford the repairs to my bike. When that time comes, beware, I will not swerve, my bike is more precious to me than your bloody Labradoodle!!!
Its getting to that time of year again when the days are short and the weather begins to turn. Being a Mountain Biker in the UK means the weather isn’t really a factor whether you ride or not, we are a hardy bunch! But when you have the opportunity through autumn and winter to get out when its not cold or raining you grab it with both hands! Plus you don’t have to get up at stupid o’clock because its still dark until late! Bonus!
There is nothing better though, than being somewhere to watch the sunrise, apart that is from being at your local trail head to watch the sunrise with your trusty steed, knowing that the day has just begun and it’s all about to go Downhill!! ; D
Managed another trip out with the guys from the Healey Nab dig crew on Sunday. This time we made it a bit further and sessioned the Hope Line at Gisburn Forest. I almost didn’t make it out of the car park with my bike as i had forgotten to pack my seat post and seat after i took it off to get my bike in the car at home!!! My saviour came in the guise of ‘Tim’ from the Dog and Partridge in Tosside, who so very kindly after my very heartfelt plea lent me one of his for the day!! Thank you Tim!!!!
The Hope Line itself is Gisburns Freeride trail, packed full of jumps, rollers, drops and berms. Everything you need to put a great big smile on your face. The video is just a short one of us sessioning the final jump section and the pictures are stills taken from it.
Riders are , Me, Gavin Collins, Ian Harrison, Harry Shield and Scott Jackson.
This is just a quick edit of the now finished black section at Healey Nab. Its also my first attempt at not having the camera attached to me the whole time, and i have to say it got pretty addictive moving it about to try and get the best shot/angle! If the battery didn’t have a finite lifespan then i think that i would still be there now!
I’ve got a long way to go yet, but for the first go i’m pretty happy with it.
Had a cracking day yesterday with the guys up at Healey Nab in Chorley, putting a few little finishing touches , mainly a boulder to stop an unofficial chicken run, on the new line. (come on guys, its a black option, know your limits please and don’t ruin months of others hard graft!!!)
Had a pretty good ride after the clean up too. No video this time, if there was, all you would get is a great view of me going over the bars after a pretty heavy, completely unplanned nose manual into a berm! Didn’t end well and my helmet shows the proof! (always wear a lid kids!!!!)
Anyway, heres a few shots of some of the other guys…….. (Didn’t manage to get shots of everybody, was having too much fun on the new line, sorry guys, ill get you next time )