Gisburn Forest – Red “8” Trail

The Gisburn Forest red “8” trail is as brilliant as it is brutal. Unforgiving and seemingly never ending. It’s all worth it for “hully gully” – the closest you’ll come to dancing on your bike, or riding down a roller coaster!!

I also did the blue as a warm up – even that was pretty good and tricky in places!!

North Wales – Coed y Brenin

The Coed y Brenin trail centre in North Wales is huge with several red and black options available.

We did the Dragons Back red route which was a fun and challenging route of mostly single track through the forest.

http://www.mbwales.com/en/content/cms/Centres/Coed_y_Brenin/Coed_y_Brenin.aspx

http://www.mbwales.com/en/content/cms/Centres/Coed_y_Brenin/Dragons_Back/Dragons_Back.aspx

Some photos:

Lost in Teesdale!! – First ride of 2013

My first proper bike ride of 2013 did not exactly go to plan! When my phone and therefore GPS mapping carked it less than half way through the route, I tryed to carry on regardless. I ended up turning off the road too soon as you will see on the map, and going along a bridleway that suddenly stopped and turned into a boggy, snowy Moor. As I could see Hamsterly forest in the distance,  I trudged on, but after a while of no path appearing, I was feeling rather exposed, so doubled back and took a detour along the road.

Though I was never truly entirely lost, it’s safe to say I also didn’t really know where I was. I’ll be taking paper copies of maps next time I go somewhere I don’t know!!!

Although epic, it was still an enjoyable ride. There was snow on the higher ground which made life interesting, but also pretty, and the run down the brilliant Hamsterley red run was fun albeit rather tentative one after a 4 hour ride!