Monday, September 20, 2010

Pump Pt 2

Haldon Pump track

Is Haldon Hill getting cool again? The opening of the new pump track, skill area and challenge trail at the weekend might have just turned the area in to an actual trail centre.

A super busy turn out ensured good coverage and lots of happy people enjoying bikes of all kinds. A jumps and stunts demo from Kona Clump rider Grant Chooper Fielder and Trials machine and Exeter bey Andrei Burton get the wows from the crowd (not that we saw it, too busy off riding some the other "more natural" trails that can be explored). Some better pics to follow when we get back up there.

The pump track is actually ok, with some rain, riding and a little whacking it will work sweet.

One bigger outter ring which isn't quite right but a smaller inner ring that works fine.

Up hill, down dale.

A lengthy Dartmoor mid weeker, taking in some of the best technical descents on the East side.
Hound Tor, Becky Falls, The Nut cracker, Lustleigh cleave, Templers way and tons of rocky single track. Very few riding pics, just too good to stop.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Les Angles

Sam entering the wooded lower slopes of Isangard, Les Angles. A newish resort for riding, reportedly the sunnest ski resort in France owing to the fact its also one of the most southern. The Pyrenees has now become my prefered destination over the Alps for riding.

Le Petard, bangers for Bastille day. We endded up in Carcasonne, Europes largest medieval city and home to Frances largest bastille day fire works! 700,000 people come to see them and it was immense. A great time for the camera to pack up!

What is it? Sam kissing its nose and tail?!

Green run fun.

A nice steep techy section of Isangard, this is a blue run.... All the trails had names based on Lord of the Rings. Weird.

Bloggings back.

Sam, front left, Mike front right and Grace second right holding tight on the class 4 drop at the end of the Gorge St Pierre D'leys. River Aude. French Pyrenees.
Sorry its been so long. A busy summer so far. July saw a trip to Europe, Southern France, Spain and Andorra. A good amount of riding and a sneaky paddle. This first blog of a few is a day trip rafting for my friends and a sneaky paddle on a new river for me.

In a borrowed boat and kit this class 3 and 4 gorge run was a great day on the water. Its always nice to hit up a new river in an area you have never been. The Aude is one of the main rivers in the South west of France flowing from the Pyrenees to the Med. It is also one of the main wine producing areas in France with vine yard on every available square inch of soil. Of course you have to try the local produce!

Massive thanks to the guys at the rafting centre for trusting that I could handle the water. Having said that they still wouldn't trust me with any descent paddles! Loving the Bumper lid too!