Sunday, 26 June 2011

Worth the wait?

Whilst I was skiving off at a family do, the rest of the team were grafting away in the sunshine. The fruit of their labour was the opening of the new timber and rock feature in the new start to the Dog.

Don’t forget it’s Big Build Day this Sunday (3rd) … or should that be a Big Surface Day where we’ll be repairing section 11. Please stop for a few minutes if you’re cycling by – pushing a few barrow loads or a spot of raking will help get the section open sooner.


Thursday, 23 June 2011

Big Build Day - Sunday 3rd July

We have our next Big Build Day on Sunday 3rd July. We'll provide lunch and all the tools, all you need to bring is outdoors clothes and lots of enthusiams. If you haven't come trail building before this is a great introduction to what goes on. It will be a really enjoyable day and you'll get to meet other like minded folk and gain an appreciated and understanding of what it takes to build sustainable mountain bike trails. Meet outside Swinnertons Cycles at 10am as usual.


National Lottery Awards - We did it!

Chase Trails have now made it to the finals of the 2011 National Lottery Awards. We will now be part of a special BBC One show in November when the winners will be announced. This is great news for Chase Trails and will really help us publicise what we do and get more people involved in supporting us. The final round of public voting to determine the winner will take place in September. Thanks to everyone who voted for us and help spread the word. Your support and the new contacts we've made has been fantastic.


Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Forestry Commission Concerts Friday 24th & Saturday 25th June

Just a final reminder that the concerts are THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY and that Birches Valley car park will close at 3.30pm on both days.

Due to the Forestry Commission Concerts the Car Park at Birches Valley will be Closed to the General Public on from 3.30pm onwards on both Friday 24th & Saturday 25th June

The Car Park will re-open at 5.00pm for Concert Ticket Holders only.

The Upper (GoApe / Overflow) Car Park will be closed all day on both the Friday and Saturday.

Follow the Dog and the Monkey trail will both be open as normal during this period. The newly constructed entrance to Follow the Dog will be finished and opened by early June meaning all riders will need to start the trail from outside Swinnerton Cycles.

If you intend to be on the trail after 3pm on either Friday 24th or Saturday 25th June alternative car parking will be available at Tackeroo Campsite or Marquis Drive visitor centre.

Also from Monday 20th to Wednesday 29th June a large number of heavy vehicles will be using Birches Valley for Concert Site setup and take down so pleases take extra care during this time.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any queries please phone the Forestry Commission office the following number 01889 586593

Monday, 20 June 2011

Must be something in the water...

After a thoroughly enjoyable(?) time at Mountain Mayhem, Team Chase Trails finished 36th team of ten out of 49 - not bad since we only entered for the craic.

Things learnt the hard way :
- Do check out the course ahead of the race, especially if your first lap is at night.
- Bonty Mud X’s don’t work too well on wet roots.
- It’s not easy to run in SPD cycling shoes on wet grass.
- Sending your last rider out seconds before the 24 hour hooter bumps your team up the standings.
- Check your lights well before the event - a big thanks to the Hope boys for lending me a Vision 4 as the connector on mine went AWOL.

We must have been bitten by the bug as the Chase Trails Pixies and Trolls will be competing at ‘Sleepless in the Saddle’ in August …


Wednesday, 15 June 2011

National Lottery Awards

Thanks to everyone who has already voted for Chase Trails in the National Lottery Awards. If you haven't voted yet voting closes at midday on Monday 20th June so please vote soon. By voting for Chase Trails you'll be showing your support for the work our volunteers do to build and maintain the bike trails at Cannock. The national recognition this could generate for Chase Trails would be fantastic. PLEASE VOTE

Sunday, 12 June 2011

No trail building on Sunday 19th June

As most of the regular trail builders will be riding around the grounds of Eastnor Park next weekend, there won't be any trail building.

We're riding at Mountain Mayhem - the 24-hour mountain bike endurance event. If you're there, come and say hello - just look out for our gazebo and flags.


PS: Have you voted yet? See here for details.

10% Discount at Pine Café for Chase Trails members

The Pine Café, Hednesford, is a regular pit stop for our Saturday social rides. It’s not too far from the Dog or Monkey so can easily incorporated in either ride.

If you turn up and show your Chase Trails membership card, you’ll get one of their yellow discount cards which will entitle you to a 10% discount on all food and drinks. They’re cycle friendly, with a bike rack and outside tables or sit inside if the weather is not so good.

Also, they’re offering to open out of hours if a group are planning, for example, an evening ride and you fancy a pre- or post ride cuppa and snack. All they ask is for 24 hours notice – please give them a ring (01543 871 219) during their normal opening hours (9.00am - 2.30pm) to make arrangements.


Thursday, 9 June 2011

New start to the Dog

The new start to "Follow The Dog" has now been opened and is ready to ride. Instead of heading along the fire road out of the top of the car park, you'd need to start from the cycle shop and head out under Go Ape and into the trees.

The timber and rock feature just before the dense trees will be decked in a couple of weeks time - the wood is on order ....


Sunday, 5 June 2011

For one week only - Diversion at start of FtD

To eliminate the need to close the first section of 'Follow The Dog' when there are events on in the concert site at Birches Valley, we have built a new start to the trail. As you leave Swinnertons Cycles Forest Centre and head out under Go-Ape, instead of curving around to the top corner of the concert site, the new trail dives straight into the trees.

The original entrance has now been "returned to nature" and the newly built section linked into the existing trail. To allow the new trail surface a few days to settle before opening, we've diverted the trail along the fire road down to the bottom of the concert site where you turn right along another fire road before rejoining the single track. Fear not, you don't miss out the best bits of this section and it's only for a week.

The new start opens Saturday 11th June ....

PS: Have you voted yet? See here for details.