Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bithdays and Berms

The big 4-0 arrived for for one of The Rusty Chain today so a day at Glentress seemed a fitting way to spend it. With not a cloud in the sky and the sun beating down (yes really), seven hours out on the dusty trails was a great way to get the first visits to the 7stanes this year under our belts.

A quick coffee at The Hub and then it was a huff and puff up from the Trailhead to Buzzard's Nest Car Park, and then onto the Red Route and up, up, up to the top of Spooky Wood for some birthday flapjack in the sun. To be honest we could have quite happily sat taking in the views and topping up the tans for a few hours but then again the Spooky Wood Descent was literally just round the corner.

Being a bit rusty Spooky Woods was left behind in no record breaking times and it was down the Red Route and back to the Hub for lunch.

The afternoon saw a trip to the Freeride Park and included a ride down Glentress' latest addition, Berm Baby Berm. It's only been open a week and not yet marked on the official trail map but you find it just after you cycle past the North edge of the Freeride Park. As the Forestry Commission put it this new bit of the Blue Route is "700m of bermy, flowy, occasionally jumpy and pumpy singletrack to take you from the exit of Blue Velvet back to the Buzzards Nest carpark. It replaces the forest road descent and will hopefully put a smile on your face."

It was nice and fast flowing, with a surface that was more like a skateboard park than a forest trail but then again there can't be many that have riden it before we did. Nice to see those Trail Fairies have done Glentress proud once more!

Riders: DH (age 39) and AS (age 40)

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