Monday, 16 July 2012

No Trail Building on Sunday 22nd July

For the third year running, we'll be marshalling the 'Love Life Love Running' event. If you're into your running, it's a fun event 10k run on the Saturday and the 6 hour endurance challenge on the Sunday.

There is stuff for all the family with a short charity walk/run (for Asthma UK), a Pasta Party and new for this year, a Sprint Eliminator. For full details see the LLLR website.


Sunday, 15 July 2012

The Colonel’s Bridge

This Sunday saw us carrying on with the Were Wolf Drop by-pass. As we’re not too far off having the section completed and with a forecast for good weather (if that can be believed at the moment), decking the bridge across the boggy ground was on the cards. Martin donned his protective gear and set about chain sawing the deck boards to length whilst the rest of the crew gathered up other necessary timber and tools.

After dropping off the tools, Bruce and Steve had some finishing touches to the newly opened Tackeroo section to complete whilst Ian and Martin fixed the deck boards in place.

Meanwhile, Dave went on a walkabout to trim back some of the Triffid like growth along the other sections of Tackeroo – everything is growing like mad in this “summer”.

I helped James shore up the edges of the trail with a low level crib “curb”. This will stop the trail edge from breaking away on the steep side slope and help keep riders on the trail.

Before we wrapped up, a rather large dead tree was spotted next to the trail – only one thing for it …. gentle fettling with a chain saw was required. Again, Martin pulled on his protective gear whilst the team stopped riders and anyone else from entering the danger zone (a radius of 2 tree lengths) - even though Martin is full trained, we can’t take any chances.

The title of this post is a little tenuous – we got a little carried away with our usual trail building banter. See if you can work out what we mean …..


Saturday, 14 July 2012

It’s open at last – last section of Tackeroo

True to our word, the last section of Tackeroo opened at the weekend – well, it actually opened a few days.  It’s best to throttle back a bit the first time you ride it, as we’ve made some significant changes culminating in The Rollers that will rattle your teeth as they are now rock pitched. See what you think ….


Sunday, 8 July 2012

Summer Classic XC Event

Following very positive feedback to the "Cannock Chase Summer Classic", which saw over one hundred riders competing in various categories, the organisers will be holding another event later in the year – the Autumn Classic. As soon as we know more details, we’ll let you know.

Full race report can be found on the Run & Ride website.


Wednesday, 4 July 2012

No Trailbuilding on Sunday 8th July

There will be no trail building on Sunday 8th as we've offered to help out at the "Cannock Chase Summer Classic".

"Following the success of the Midlands XC back in March, Run & Ride are once again promoting a Mountain Bike event for all on the Chase. The last event was good but we think we can still improve so expect a cracking event."

If you're interested in competing in one of the many categories or just fancy watching, find out more here.

The course will cross ‘Follow the Dog’ at two points – the Tackeroo caravan site and on the fire road diversion near the end of the Dog. If you’re out riding on Sunday, please observe the warning signs and requests of the marshals – thanks.