You may have heard about the Monkey Trail by now, a few of you may have even ridden it, well someone has because it’s been getting a fair bit of use. Anyway it is going to be upgraded, become official and incorporated into ‘Phase 2’. Upgrading will mainly involve rock armouring the steeps and connecting the current trail to the newly built start and end and will take place over the next couple of months. Once incorporated into Phase 2 the Monkey will be officially graded as black, you can argue whether you think it is black and how this compares to other black trails around the uk but black it will be.
As a consequence to complete our red graded Phase 2 loop we’re going to need a Red Monkey. This isn’t going to be some lame chicken run that no one wants to ride, it’s going to be swoopy, flowy, monkeyish trail built into the same steep sideslope as it’s slightly more aggressive older brother.
So why am I telling you this? Well firstly for the building and upgrading work to take place we’ll need to close the Monkey for a period of time. We’ll try and keep everyone informed on exactly when but if you see closed signs please respect our work and don’t ride the trail. The trail will definitely be closed this Sunday which brings me round to my main reason for writing, trails don’t build themselves and at our Big Build Day this Sunday we'll be building the Red Monkey. So if you want to be able to say ‘I helped build the Monkey’ make sure you turn up on Sunday and help create what will be one of the best pieces of singletrack on the Chase.
Red Monkey Big Build Day, Sunday 12th July, 10am, Swinnertons Cycle Forest Centre.