Experience the brand new Glentress, Cairngorms, Forest of Dean and extra all have new trails so that you can sink your tooth into
Path builders throughout the UK put in some critical graft in 2023. They made new trails, reworked a few of our outdated favourites, and even opened up a couple of new bike parks and bounce strains.
So for the brand new 12 months we’ve rounded up among the finest wanting new trails and locations to experience so you may get your diaries booked up and plan your mountain biking 12 months. Need extra inspiration? Take a look at our information to 21 of the most effective mountain bike routes.
1. Smells Like Tweed Spirit at Glentress & all 4 new Grasp Plan trails
Glentress in Scotland has had 4 new trails constructed as a part of its Grasp Plan. The crimson route, Smells Like Tweed Spirit is a brilliant flowy monitor with tight turns and a few jumps to maintain you in your toes.
It’s 700m in size and builds on the centre’s ‘Spooky Wooden’ fashion so it’s by no means boring. In the event you don’t discover it difficult sufficient there’s the brand new black route, Citadel Black which runs down the west facet of Citadel Hill.
It’s full of massive jumps and allows you to ramp up loads of pace and airtime. And the tempo appears fairly frenetic, it helps you to carry your pace from nook to nook like a professional.
For the riders with a household, they’ll take pleasure in the brand new Apple Peel aka inexperienced route as a mild introduction to mountain biking. And eventually, the brand new blue path, Flip and Burn, with progressive berms and simpler jumps.
2. Burlish Bike Park
Previously dwelling to Burlish Dust Jumps, it’s now a completely fledged bike park in Worcestershire. It’s operated and owned by an area charity referred to as Open Path, which affords cycle teaching and outside actions for youngsters. That’s to not say that the bike park is only for youngsters, nevertheless…
It’s not the most important bike park on the earth however it does have loads of options for riders of all ranges to deal with, from tabletops, hip jumps and even hole jumps. They’re even cut up into kinds of driving, for instance steep options for dust bounce and BMX in comparison with extra ‘conventional’ mountain bike jumps with an even bigger hole.
Burlish at the moment affords 4 principal trails: Blue Line, Purple Line 1, Purple Line 2, and Black Run 1. The grading for every is fairly self explanatory. There’s additionally a clubhouse, rest room services and a snack bar so you may make a full day of it.
Annual memberships begin from £30 for over 18s, and households can get a reduction on two adults and two youngsters. Non-members pay per go to, at £7 for a full day and £5 for half.
3. Revolution Bike Park…Indoors?!
In the event you comply with Revolution Bike Park on YouTube you might need seen a current video (we are saying current, we imply November) discussing plans for the way forward for the park after it was pressured to shut final 12 months.
And in these plans, Revs talked about constructing an indoor bounce constructing as a part of the grand venture. Alongside this, the administration is eager to develop on driving within the decrease space of the park with a pump monitor and abilities space. And for the slopestyle freaks amongst us, the quarry can also be up for redevelopment as a park only for you. This is not going to solely be open to us common Joe’s, however for occasions as effectively.
However don’t fear, the information doesn’t imply they’re giving up on the downhill trails or re-opening the park because it as soon as was. As an alternative, it simply implies that by having a unique focus they’ll re-open the park extra rapidly and thus get some income into the enterprise to assist get the plans again on monitor.
So when will Revs be again on its toes? 2025 is a probable date for all the things to be prepared, in line with director Tim Foster. That stated, races and occasions are probably this 12 months, try the Revs Youtube web site for the newest updates.
4. Endo Path at Forest of Dean
Final 12 months we have been handled to Adit, and now, Endo has been revamped with a totally new backside half of the path. It’s nonetheless labelled as black, and options loads of quick berms and a few larger jumps. On the high it begins out a bit extra flowy, crossing a couple of fireplace roads with some tight turns earlier than you drop into the steeper stuff.
At present, the crimson marked Freeminers path can also be present process a revamp. It has three loop choices of various lengths, with options like rooty drops and switchback climbs to maintain you . This 12 months, the path will profit from enhancements and extensions – so preserve your eyes peeled. You possibly can nonetheless experience the path, however with a small diversion to take you previous the at the moment closed part.
5. Cairngorm Mountain Bike Park
We’re in for a deal with right here, with one other solely new bike park opening its doorways…or timber? Anyway, this time it’s in Scotland, and it appears fairly good. There are trails for everybody from the littl’un on their first bike to the adults with extra expertise.
It’s not probably the most hardcore path centre within the UK, with a most problem of crimson trails, however actually we simply wish to go and experience the conveyer uplift. Costs begin at £16 for an grownup half day move or £22 for a full one. There’s even bike rent obtainable – each electrical and analogue.