When I sat down to write this post originally, I was going to debate the different types of Blues, Reds, Blacks etc at UK bike parks and trail centres (there’s a difference), but then I thought I’d just show you a video.
However, very quickly:
A black run at Bikepark Wales will have large gaps and drops that require speed, technique and commitment.
A black trail at Coed y Brenin, while possibly a bit rocky and gnarly in places, is, IMHO more a measure of fitness.
And finally a black run at Windhill Bike Park, is mostly a hand cut trail that requires a certain level of skill, but doesn’t require masses of speed or large testicles to ride and clear large gaps.
Don’t get me wrong there are some jumps on the black trails at Windhill, but honestly you can roll through most of it. (I do!)
Just stay clear of the Pro-Line – – – But that hopefully speaks for itself!
So here’s a short video of a bunch of us average riders riding blue, red and black runs at Windhill this weekend – nothing required clearing a gap, and the largest drop is about 2 feet high on all these trails.
This doesn’t mean you can’t get some air or jump some distance (hopefully you can see from my average efforts), it doesn’t mean that top riders can’t enjoy it (cos they do!), it just means that you can ride most of the park at your pace and enjoy it.