Another dedicated crew out today at Stainburn and a bit more re-aligning of the red/black climb happened. I don’t think it will be long now before its completed,
Singletraction (STA) has been approached by Gez Marshall the ranger in charge of the trails at Sutton bank (http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting/enjoy-outdoors/cycling/sutton-bank) to get involved with trail maintenance and we think it’s a great idea. It puts STA in touch with another major land manager the North Moors National park http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk and will add another set of skills …View full post
It was the Singletraction AGM yesterday were lots of things were discussed, more on that later. But we also picked up a very nice cheque for £230 thanks to the Dalby bike barn frame raffle. Thanks very much guys, the money has been ear marked for new tools at Dalby, namely wheel barrows and drain …View full post
And we’re done… What a day, wind – rain – sun – gnar – awesome. SingletrAction’s 3rd Chainless challenge is over, and wow, what a day, what race. We never tire of seeing how seriously people take it. We promise, you’ll never ride these trails the same again. Nor should you… Chainless IV may well …View full post
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Angus the trail building dog was once more on hand last weekend, but this time he was making himself useful and weighing down some Terram kindly donated by Clixbys Trail Builders while we laid it out in the trail bed.
There’s no-one we can’t find a useful job for in the cause of building better trails! Come along to one of our digs see how you can help!
Awesome! dig day at Stainburn today. We arrived and my god it was cold but this afternoon was just stunning. The revised climb from the bottom descent line extension is now open. But loose until it settles but definitely open.
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Huge thanks for Forestry Commission for the late Xmas present of matching piles of Aggregate and Stainburn and Guisborough.
They always get us just what we’ve been wanting. You guys!!!
Additional thanks to Stuart for organising and overseeing delivery!
Now lets turn that heap into trail!
Just a quick report for today’s snowy maintenance day.
It was crisp underfoot as we headed up to Les’2 & 3 this morning, but soon after arriving the snow started to fall. As we worked we could feel the ground getting harder as the frost set in further.
Aim of the day was to clear drainage and do a little patching up of braking bumps. I also wanted to guide riders onto the correct line, as they seem to be riding down the drainage channel at the side of the trail at one point.
We cleared the channel and lined the trail with some rocks to make it more obvious which way the trail goes. Its all about getting your line right into the drop before it, if you want to keep your speed.
We cleared some more drainage and then proceeded to fill a few braking ruts at the first drop. The ground was pretty frozen by this point and covered with snow. As a result I didn’t take any after pics, as there wasn’t much to see.
Many thanks to today’s volunteers, Dan for bringing up the tools, and diggers, Gary, Lindsey, Ram, and nice to meet 1st timer Graham.
A great turnout and fabulous day. We got stuck into the decent in Section 17 and its now quite different. Easier line on the left and there are now 3 steps on the right, hopefully something for everyone.
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Today’s dig saw us heading back up to Les’1 to try and make a little more progress. With a small team of 4 we decided to work from the bottom up, since pushing the wheelbarrow up the muddy bank is challenging at the best of times. The surface was rather slippy today, after a few days of frost has thawed out. We firstly decided to scrape the slop off the bottom berm and get some armor down on that. We put down a nice thick layer which will hopefully hold up.
We also managed to make use of the Ghille Kettle this morning too. It really is a great piece of kit for making a nice hot brew on the trail side.
So post brew we continued to work up the trail. I wanted to get rider coming into the berm on the ‘correct’ side. Its a left hander, so ideally you need to enter on the right of the trail for the best flow. However due to the condition of the trail a lot of riders are being forced over to the left, and then having to cut across the entry of the berm. This has caused the bankside to erode and dragged lots of soft ground into the berm, which was holding water and making a real mess. So with that in mind we have put in an armored line from the centre of the trail back across to the right, to give a better entry into the berm.
There’s obviously still a bit of work to do in order to link up with the work we have done further up the trail, but we will get there eventually.
Many thanks to today’s volunteers, Gary, Dan, and Tim.