Dalby Forest red route, minus the world-cup course which was closed for a race. We joined two sections of the red route (posts 1-13 and 26-38) by a green/blue link, and still covered 27km so the whole route would be quite a big ride. It was almost all singletrack and mostly rolling without any really big climbs or descents so has a really ‘cross-country’ feel to it. The forest is nice and varied and I’d recommend it and go back again.
Monthly Archives: April 2012
The second round of the Scottish mountain bike orienteering (SMBO) series for 2012 was at Glentress last weekend. I like to think I know Glentress pretty well, including a lot of the ‘off-piste’ but I’m happy to say that I discovered two new trails on Sunday – and one is a real beauty of a descent 🙂
There are more trails that I don’t know on the map so I’ll be keeping hold of that and going back for another explore sometime soon.
The weather was dry, and sunny although very cold, perfect riding weather really. So, how did we do? Well we came second last (again). We spent a lot of time plotting our route (15mins) because it was a really tricky map to get your head round, GT is a confusing forest with a real maze of fireroad, marked bike trails, walkers paths and other singletrack. Then we had to climb up into the forest – old skool-style up the fireroad! It really made me appreciate the newer singletrack climb as I had forgotten how much of a grind the fireroad climb is (even if it is quicker). In total it was 30mins before we clocked our first points…
But we did make some good navigation decisions and rode down a sweet descent everybody else was pushing up and took the sensible way up to the point high above spooky woods. We also caught the really great descent in the right direction. At the end we made a good decision at the bottom of red trail “sair fecht” to get up to the red “falla brae” descent for a big points point before then cutting out at red squirrel car park to race for a five pointer on Admirals blue trail. We got back 30seconds over time to lose 1 point but gained 5 by catching that last checkpoint so it was a good call.
I had a bit of a cold, but rode as hard as I could for the whole three hours. Navigation was alright (no big mistakes) so all in all I’m happy… even if a small child in the ‘generation’ category got more points than we did!!! 🙂
As we set off today for a ride in the rain near Peebles, Bill asked me if I thought all the bridges would be intact. This wasn’t as random a question as it sounds, nearly a year ago we had maybe the most fun and memorable mountain bike ride ever. Thanks to Will and Kate’s royal nuptuals we had a long long weekend and decided to celebrate Si and Derm’s 40th birthdays with a weekend in Aviemore which turned out to be the warmest, sunniest weekend of the year.
On the Sunday, a group of us headed up Glen Feshie on the mountain bike. Here’s the story in pictures…
Gypsy Glen – Parking at Glentress trail centre, climb up through Cardrona forest, top out at Kirkhope Law before descending via Kalzie Hill all the way to Peebles. Some climbing, some mud, some pushing, LOTS of fun descending!