Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Vote for Chase Trails in the National Lottery Awards

Vote for Chase Trails in National Lottery Awards. Vote online or by calling 0844 836 9721 (voting closes at midday on 20 June so vote today)

Chase Trails have reached the semi-finals if the 2011 National Lottery Awards. The awards are an annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they aim to celebrate and recognise the difference that those projects have made to people, places and communities all across the UK.

We need your vote to help us win the award for best sports project.

By voting for Chase Trails and 'The Monkey Trail' you'll be showing your support for the trail and the work our volunteers do to build and maintain it. Most importantly if we win the 2k prize we'll spend it on rock & timber to improve the trail. We'd encourage all of the mountain bike community to get behind us and show their support for trail development and the future of sustainable mountain biking in the UK.

Who We Are – What We Do
Chase Trails was founded by local riders in 2003 with the aim of building and maintaining high quality, sustainable mountain bike trails on Cannock Chase. Working in partnership with the Forestry Commission, we have built 15 miles of mountain bike trails that we are continually working to maintain and improve. To date it is estimated that over 25,000 hours of volunteer time have been invested in the trails.

Chase Trails rely on volunteers to build and maintain the trails. We hold trail building sessions every Sunday, meeting outside Swinnerton Cycles (Birches Valley Forest Centre) at 10am. We'll supply tools, guidance and a warm welcome, all you need is outdoor clothing, trail snacks and lots of enthusiasm. If you're out riding and see us on the trail, then please stop and lend a hand, even a few minutes is a big help.

Our next Big Build Day will be Sunday 3rd July

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Spot The Difference … (Trailbuilding – Sunday 15th May)

With Bruce overseas on business, the Forestry staff helped us get a load of timber up to the ‘Black Monkey’ – thanks guys. As previously publicised, our plan for the day was to thwart those that were riding around our rock features – after all it is a black grade option.

The first task of the day was to roll a sizeable rock down to the “Qualifier” to fill the gap beside the lip of the step. With the junior trail builders digging all the spoil off the landing slab, it certainly looks the business now.

Next three more rocks were rolled down to fill the gully along side the “Toboggan Run”. These along with replacing the fence that had been destroyed should keep riders on track. To finish Harvey and Martin cleared the marbles from the berm and dug out the drainage sump.

“Oblivion” was our next port of call to build a crib wall to support the top edge of the trail – we won’t want a land slide wiping out the ‘Red Monkey’ trail. Debbie and Petra gave the rocks a good rake and brush up to leave everything looking spick and span.

There are two more rock gardens that will need crib walling so we’ll be back but for now things look better.


Sunday, 8 May 2011

Big Build Day - Sunday 8th May

A big thank you to all who turned up and helped today. We had a good turn out and the rain held off after an early shower - there was even a bit of sunshine!
There were several new faces, a bunch of Grimey Lymies, three of the FC staff and our regular trail crew – 24 volunteers in total. As usual, we couldn’t have managed anywhere near as much without your efforts.

The new start to the trail will take riders directly into the dense trees missing out the fire road and top corner of the concert site – no more trail closures when there are big events on. With your help, the section is almost finished with only a bit more surfacing required. To add some spice, there’s a wood and rock option that when it’s completed will give riders a taste of what’s to come ...

Please obey the trail closed signs – by all means have a look. If the trail beds down as expected, it shouldn’t be too long before we can open it.


Thursday, 5 May 2011

Advance Warning - Trail Closure

The black section of the Monkey will be closed on Sunday 15th May, hopefully just for the day.

We'll be removing the temptation for riders to avoid the lovingly placed rocks. As usual, you can help us out on the day - we meet outside Swinno's at around 10am.

Don't forget the BBD this Sunday 8th May building the new start to the first section of The Dog. We'll be digging off the top soil and surfacing with new material. Please come and help - there's plenty to do digging, barrowing, raking and socialising with like minded folk.


Sunday, 1 May 2011

Steady Progress - Trailbuilding Update

We realise that section 11 of The Dog has now been closed for a few months but progress has been steady. Not only is the wear and tear being repaired but we’re sprucing the section up with a few sections of boardwalk to bridge boggy areas.

The driest and warmest April on record hasn’t helped as the new surfacing material is too dry and not binding – we desperately need some steady rain on the trails to bind the dusty surface together.

Please bear with us – we’ll get it open as soon as possible.