Sunday, 27 June 2010
We were joined by another wiling volunteer who was out for a ride “Thanks for the help” Pete was busy bringing down the rocks using his extreme wheel barrow approach whilst the sledge was being prepared to bring down the larger rocks.
Petra, Sally and the girls were clearing away some of the debris from the red rock sections and slowing down riders as the approached the area where we were working.
Ian was busy removing the old berm as the material was not up to the required standard, this will require posts driving in and some substantial timber to be installed before it can support the material required for the new berm.
We continued laying out the rock as they were delivered, some of the rocks made it quite interesting and we kept the width quite narrow, this gave the rocks more of a rock skinny feel to it.
Martin and Jez went to move some of the way marker posts as they needed a little tweak to make them more affective.
All done we headed back to unload and so those that wanted to could go and watch the match, Jez Andrew and myself decided to go for a ride around the FTD. We found Charlotte and Jessica paddling in the ford, as it was such a nice day it only seemed natural that we would ride through and drench the kids who actually enjoyed it.
See you next week.
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Martin, Pete & Blade went to move some logs from Rainbow valley to a feature that was going to be build on section H and then proceeded to Lower Cliff to repair a piece of fence that had been knocked over.
We made our way over to Rainbow valley where started by taking out some of the breaking bumps at the end of section B before the drop onto the fire road.
We then started working from Klondike Bridge checking the switch backs and working our way to a section part of the way up where the edge of the trail has collapsed. This was due to people riding to wide around an old tree stump, but then it is a mountain bike trail. We decided to reinforce the edge of the trail with some timber and resurface it, Thanks to all of the people taking notice of the signs and dismounting as requested. If you see Warning signs please obey them and slow down or dismount if requested, this is for your safety as well as ours.
We split into two further groups and one team carried on walking the section checking the trail while the others went to Deercote and worked their way back in the opposite direction. We met up at one of the log steps that needed some work on the outside edge again because riders are running wide on the trail, after building up the edge and surfacing the area we watched as some riders were locking up their brakes on the approach and were ripping up the trail. Remember “Skids is for Kids” and for all those that like to skid, they are very welcome to join us every Sunday to see what goes in to repairing the damage to the trails.
Job done, we all made our way back to the container and the cake that Petra had made for her birthday.
Saturday, 19 June 2010
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Sections 1 and 2 of the Follow the Dog Trail will be Closed from Thursday 24th to Monday 28 June. Riders are asked to follow the diversion arrow from Swinnerton Cycles to the causeway.
The main Forestry Commission Car Park at Birches Valley will be closed to the General Public from 3.30pm on both Friday 25th and Saturday 26th June. In addition the Upper (GoApe / Overflow) Car Park will be closed all day on both the Friday and Saturday.
Monday, 14 June 2010
The rest of us went to resurface a part of section 7 which was changed back in July 2009 http://chasetrails.blogspot.com/2009/07/lakes-and-snakes-trail-building-sunday.html
It was decided to make this part of the trail a bit more sustainable, after putting a diversion in place and our warning signs we proceeded with breaking up the old surface and removing the excess spoil.
We started to surface the section and were joined by a few riders who were mid ride. What a grand job they did in barrowing all of the new material into place for while we levelled out the surface, this was promptly whacked to seal the surface this is nearly good enough to put a white line down? "Big Thanks Guys" If you see us working just stop say hello, 10 minutes of you time to give us a helping hand, even if it is just let a builder have a break from pushing the wheel barrow it all helps.
The section was cleared of tools and it was time to join Martin and Steve, when we arrived they had been very busy and were nearly finished. A few more hands make lighter work so we all chipped in to get the Thinny finished. In the normal tradition, if you have your bike we have a test rider well volunteered Ian [didn't have much choice!]. Ian tested the section and another fine job done.
Time to put the tools away and just in time to as it started to rain, see you next week? Outside Swinno's 10:00am
After setting out our work signs and with the combined efforts of the trail builders (not mystical trail pixies) we started moving the rocks from a pile at the top of the fire road down the trail where they were needed, before too long we had laid quite a lot of rocks and the feature was really starting to take shape. Pete and Nigel were becoming experts in the trail building art of "Extreme Wheel Barrowing" and were delivering quite a lot of rocks, which allows a lot more choice when trying to put our picture-less jigsaw together.
Scruff came to join in all of the fun, riders are always welcome to stop and give a hand even for 10 minutes.
The time seemed to simply disappear but we decided as we were so close to finishing this feature we would carry on until we fitted the last rock.
Jessica swept off the rocks clearing all of the loose material that had been used to pack between the rocks.
After the rocks had been cleared it was time for a test ride, good job that Scruff was here with his bike! We asked if he would test the section. Scruff agreed and the feature appeared to work very well. I look forward to riders comments when it is open!
A good days work done by all and it was time to go home. Remember you can always help 10 minutes while on a ride every bit helps or meet us at 10:00am on Sundays outside Swinnerton Cycles Forest Centre.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Over the last few weeks, we've had a good amount of rain ... just what the trails needed!
I had a leisurely trundle around Follow The Dog and The Monkey Trail today and it's looking and riding very good! The corners that were loose and crumbly have firmed up, the sections that had been suffering from the dry are now happy.
In fact, the trails have bedded in so well, it was hard not to ride flat out! Lots of grip, some serious G on the turns and even the ups roll nicely!
Over the last few weeks, the Clixby and Chase Trails Pixies have been busy 'upgrading' some sections and continued building others. There is now a mini Stegasaurus before the board walk on Follow The Dog (you wanted more rocks ... you got more rocks!), one section has had a surfacing upgrade and on The Monkey, Section H (known in some circles as The Lady of The Rake), is coming along nicely with surfacing and a new bridge!
It may only be a few weeks since the launch, but there is still work being done. Even today, the Clixby crew were upgrading the start of the Stegasaurus. There is plenty still to do and plenty of opportunity to lend a hand.
If you would like to help out, even for just one day, we would be happy to meet you. More information is to the right, or visit http://www.chasetrails.co.uk.