Flourescent Traffic Lights (Trail Building Sunday 18th July 2010)

20 July, 2010 at 08:50

Caffeine … thats the usual thing that kick starts us in the morning! One by one, we gathered outside he bike shop, discussing all sorts of things … funny and serious. It was soon 10am, and we were joined by a new trailbuilder, John from Loughbrough – welcome John, we hope you had a good day?

We all trundled round to the container where we worked out what to do today. There are a number of things on the To Do list, some more urgent than others. It was decided that we would finish off what we were doing last week. With that, The Fairere members of the Pearson Clan (sorry Dave 😉 ) joined Andrew, Martin and Steph finishing off the boards on the Stegasaurus and tidied up some of the rocks for use elsewhere.

The Ugly members of Chase Trails and headed over to Back Monkey to finish off the stepped rock turn. The technical crew headed down to the corner to install rocks, Bruce finished up on the rock step a bit further down and Jez … hit stuff with a sledge hammer!

There was a display of more extreme wheel barrowing from Pete and Nigel, loading fairly large rocks into the barrow, before working their way down onto the live trail and unloading onto the closed trail. Now there is obviously a danger here, with a lot of people riding on the Red Monkey we needed to install a traffic control system … seen as i had ridden over to the site, i couldn’t play with rocks as i only had cycling shoes on, so i ended up on the trail making sure there were now wheel barrow / bike conflicts! Most riders understood and appreciated why we stopped them and held them up for a few moments…. most did, but there is always one person who just doesn’t get it… you didn’t do mountiain bikers any favours that day sir…

Back down at the corner, things were coming along nicely. The last section of rock was complete, the retaining crib was finished and the surfacing shaped into place … which meant test pilot time!

Dale and i kitted up, checked out the line and then comitted … rides nice too! Here’s the test ride.

Feeling pleased with ourselves, we packed up … just as Martin appeared with a trailer full of rocks! all the rocks were unloaded and some were moved down onto the trail (installing the traffic lights again). then we packed up and headed back to Birches Valley.

After a few snacks, Dave, Andrew, Jez, Pete (with Blade in tow) and myself headed out for a ride. Unfortunately for Andrew and Dave, their ride didn’t last past secion 8 … Andrews bike decided it has had enough … and broke quite spectacularly! Andrew was ok, but his pride and joy is not … both chain stays broken, a warped rotor and buckled wheel. Andrew peeled off to the link, while Dave went back and fetched his car to pick Andrew up … lucky we weren’t in the Peak District!

Back at Birches valley, we treated ourselves to Ice Cream … interesting day, lots to talk about too!