Monday, 26 March 2012

No trail building - Sunday 1st April

No, it's not an early April Fool's joke .... the regular trail crew are off on their Easter holiday to bonny Scotland. We're going north of the border to appreciate the efforts of our fellow trailbuilders by riding as many of the 7stanes trail centres as our legs (and bums) will allow.

Last year we rode over 100 trail centre miles in a week ... not bad considering the youngest rider was only 10 years old! Can we better that record this year?


Sunday, 25 March 2012

More Forestry activity this week

The Forestry guys will be thinning and felling dead trees trees on The Link this week. That's the section of switchbacks leading down to the railway crossing just after you leave 'Follow the Dog' to start the 'Monkey Trail'. Please follow the diversion signs by continuing along the Dog and down Kitbag Hill - it should be all completed well in time for the weekend.


"Best of Specialized" Event - Thursday 29th March

The guys at the Specialized Concept Store in Birmingham are holding their "Best of Specialized" event on Thursday March 29th between 1 pm to 9 pm.

This event is a celebration of Specialized Bikes past, present and future Enjoy complimentary refreshments as you take in the very best Specialized has to offer. You can mingle with like-minded enthusiasts and get-up close with the complete S-Works road and Mountain Bike range as well as Specialized bike's ridden by the pro's.
As well as the great range of Bikes, Specialized Concept Store Birmingham will be launching several new services throughout the day including our brand new S-Works Custom Build Centre, our Specialized Shiv Race the Best initiative and our all new BG Fit Data Capture. You could also win a Specialized S-works bike worth up to £7000.

For full details of the event and how to register, look here.


Sunday, 18 March 2012

All weathers in one day - Sunday 18th March

The weather forecast for the Cannock Chase round of the Midland XC series didn't sound promising as Rob McElwee mentioned heavy showers during his TV slot on the Saturday night - we had offered to help out with marshalling the event with an earlier than normal start to our usual Sunday antics.

I'd just finished erecting our gazebo when the heavens opened - big flakes of snow turned the grass white in a matter of minutes. Luckily, it soon melted as the snow turned back to heavy rain just as we headed to out marshalling points.

The morning race ended in glorious sunshine which lasted through the youngster's lunchtime races and into the afternoon's event. The elite riders had already finished when the weather's "sting in the tail" hit – a barrage of pea sized hail bombarded the tail-enders and spectators alike.

The event of a resounding success with 19 different classes racing in two main races covering between 2 and 6 laps of the 5km course – lets hope it puts the Chase on the map for grass roots cross country racing.

Thanks to all riders that waited at the race crossing points when asked - at least you got a breather before continuing your ride.


Friday, 16 March 2012

Recent closures

If you’ve been out riding the trails this week, you may have been diverted around a couple of closures. The first was due to the Forestry felling trees in the section starting with the Stegosaurs. The second closure, which the Forestry had no control over, was the railway crossing. This was closed by Network Rail for emergency works. Both sections are now open.

The end of Tackeroo remains closed but work is progressing well – we estimate that it will reopen around the end of April.


Monday, 12 March 2012

No trailbuilding Sunday 18th March

Just to let you all know that there won't be any trailbuilding this coming Sunday (18th March). The regular trail crew will be helping out at the local round of the Midlands XC series. The course will use the Tackeroo block so if you're riding the Dog, please obey any requests from the marshals.

If you fancy entering or coming to watch, please see here.


Saturday, 3 March 2012

Monkey Trail Diversion

The diversion around the forestry's thinning work starts this coming week (Monday 5th) for approximately six weeks - please follow the signs along the fireroads as there will be some pretty big and dangerous machinery operating in the area.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

We're in ....

Chase Trails are entering two teams of five and a soloist (i.e. nutter) in this year’s Mountain Mayhem so to ensure our place, Dave and myself headed for the Staffordshire Moors in the Shenani-van armed with enough IT equipment to give PC World a run for their money. We met up with Ian (our soloist), set up our mobile office and waited impatiently for midnight. At the stroke of 12, the entry forms were downloaded, printed and carefully filled in.

Now to find Pat Adams’s house … a reconnaissance mission the previous weekend plus a nose for sniffing out cake at 100 paces meant we found his cottage with ease, along with more eager entrants. The Aston Martin guys in their smart DJs and posh car were heading off as we arrived (probably for a G&T or two) but we also arrived in style …. on our trusty steeds – a Trance and P7. It turned out that we were the first to arrive by bike - we don't do things by halves!

Mrs Adams ushered us into the warmth whilst Pat plied us with tea and cake - what more could we want? Entry forms and a cheque were handed over – that’s blown it, we’re in …. now the serious training starts …..

Well, here's Abi's training plan - I think there's too much riding and not enough cake eating!