Ashton Court MTB Trails – Review

If you follow my Youtube Channel you will have seen this video last weekend and know that I paid a visit (with a few mates) to Ashton Court in Bristol for a revisit – been about 5 years since I was there last!

Now before we get stuck in, the trails are in a city, so there is a distinct lack of elevation and serious gravity fed fun.

Its not a hot destination for mountain bikers wishing to “shred the gnar” or if you are in search of real technical challenges (though the Super Nova Red section was particularly scary in the wet!). However, if you live in the South West and have a few hours to spare its well worth a visit.

Firstly parking is only £1.20 for the whole day – I know this is probably not high on the  your check list when visiting a trail centre but if you live in south Wales for instance, now that the Severn Bridge Tolls have been removed its a very cheap trip – and I think you should consider it.

Whats here?

Only about 7 miles in total of way marked trails. Mostly “flat” and cross country  by nature but the constant undulation will give you a proper work out.  The Bristol Bikefest is a much missed event and tested riders endurance on multiple laps up until a few years ago.

These are made up of 2 main trails at Ashton Court and in the neighbouring Leigh Woods.  Leigh Woods was less fun, but there are some off piste trails there that are worth exploring in the drier weather.

Mostly you have twisty single track, with a mix of rocky and natural (muddy) surfaces.

And don’t forget the undulation – which basically translates as you will be pedalling most of the way around.

Red Sections here bear absolutely no resemblance to “Reds” at Bike Park Wales or even the Forest of Dean.  In a nutshell, its a pretty easy and non challenging environment on the whole. However…..

Don’t dismiss it

Recently there have been some developments and new trail sections have had some work done to provide flow and jumpable features that the trail had previously lacked.

There are a few sections (as you will see in my video) that are worth lapping and sessions in these short spots can help novice riders learn some skills and provide a fun playground for even the most advanced riders.

So go and give it a visit, put a few hours aside and session the new bits (you’ll know them when you find them) and if you don’t enjoy yourself you haven’t tried hard enough.

Links

Here’s a great downloadable map of the trails including the ones in Leigh Woods and 50 Acre Woods  :

https://betterbybike.info/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/BD10784-Mountain-Bike-Trails-leaflet-WEB.pdf

For info on bike hire and skills coaching at the trails contact Pedal Progression  :

https://www.pedalprogression.com/about/

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Louri Frame Strap Review

It was really nice to meet Sian and Thomas at the Cycle Show last week and to get a look at the many products that Cyclorise distribute in the UK.  Getting a close up look at the Louri frame strap and getting my own in a bike colour matching orange was a bonus.

The strap allows you to attach some essentials to your bike for races or when you want to travel a little lighter. Its really useful and easy to use – watch my video for the full low down.

The Louri strap costs £18.99 for the frame version and £17.99 for the saddle mount version.

Finally – the pronunciation – its looo-reee  as in

not lahow-rey ?  as in

For more information visit the Cyclorise and/or the Louri websites.

Lee Quarry – A Sort of Review

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Lee Quarry

Why a sort of review? Cos I only “sort of” rode there.

Being a little pushed for time but also being in the neighbourhood of one of the first “trail centres” I heard of when I started mountain biking a few years ago, meant that I had to give it some sort of a visit. And the sun was shining so it would have been rude not to, even if I was only able to stay for an hour or so. So here goes: Continue reading “Lee Quarry – A Sort of Review”

Melon Optics Parker MTB Goggles, Ben Deakin Signature Model – Review

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I’ve never worn goggles before, only when paint balling, as I’ve never been skiing or snowboarding or ridden a motorbike. I may have worn goggles go karting or quad biking – I can’t be sure and it really doesn’t matter. What matters is, I have never worn goggles on a mountain bike until Saturday.

The “enduro” joke still stands and the micky taking still occurs.  You should only wear goggles with a full face helmet. Why do the enduro racers wear them?

Well, I bought mine first and foremost because they were a limited / signature edition and were in camo!  #OiOi

The Ben Deakin signature model Parker MTB Goggles from Melon Optics were begging to be bought by me to go with my Troy Lee Designs A1 helmet, Dakine Session and Adidas Terrex all in camo.  I love it! I’m sure I’m still a 9 year old boy at heart! LOL

However, some of my gang were going down the goggle route too and so this was the perfect excuse I needed to dip my toe in. Continue reading “Melon Optics Parker MTB Goggles, Ben Deakin Signature Model – Review”

What do I do now?

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So you bought a Garmin. You’ve got OS maps included too cos it seemed like the right thing to do, now what do you do?

Ride around bike parks and trail centres recording your rides and putting them up on Strava of course…

Well, there’s a lot more you can and should be doing. But first, here’s one of my crushes from the 90s – the delicious Louise Wener and her band Sleeper with “What Do I Do Now?”  You see what I did there? Continue reading “What do I do now?”