Twinkly Dave – Mud splattered bicycle and pizza enthusiast Growing old disgracefully

November 13, 2006

like freeriding

Filed under: bikes — dgpowell @ 11:32 am

Isn’t it ace when you find a new bit of singletrack? I reckon it’s even more ace when you can add it straight onto a long piece of uninterrupted swoopy fun hidden in the trees from prying eyes.
That’s what i did yesterday. I followed my tricky, (not always totally rideable but always testing and fun) hidden trails through the trees, always maintaining as much height as possible. I linked it up with a main path briefly and started to roll down hill. Almost immediately I took a smaller turning off to the right, still pointing downhill, carved a few nice tight corners, jumped the steps (badly, but there was no-one around to see) as the path widened and began to build up a full head of speed as i started to hit the waterbar drops.
Over the waterbar drops and through the tight tree laden corner i joined another main path and as the path split i turned right and started to climb up a steep slope (ignoring the usual left turn to keep everything pointing downwards). I crested the top of the climb and span back up to speed before almost doubling back on myself as the main path arrived at a road junction, down more singletrack and over a little wooden bridge over a stream. The singletrack followed a fencline along the edge of a field just in the trees, gently sloping downwards so no pedalling was needed – just the odd ‘thrutching’ movement over roots or off the end of one of the many little wooden bridges over gulleys and streams to regain momentum after any tighter corners.
This went on for about 3 or 4 minutes before rejoining a main path which linked up nicely with the entrance to some singletrack i found a while back.
Excellent, a good 10 minutes worth of uninterrupted, nicely flowing singletrack and fast wider path – with a few little steep climbs to keep the lungs working. All of it deserted, even on a sunday afternoon too!

random 'winter' pic #2


  1. where was this oasis?? are you sure you did not dream it?

    Comment by Wayne — November 13, 2006 @ 3:34 pm

  2. the woods opposite darwin tower, we’ve played in there before…

    i’m trying to make a big loop of uninterrupted fun right round there over winter

    Comment by dave — November 13, 2006 @ 4:20 pm

  3. sound cool give us a bell when you want to play.

    Comment by Wayne — November 13, 2006 @ 5:11 pm

  4. I’m going to ride over and steal the trails 😀

    Comment by matt — November 13, 2006 @ 5:15 pm

  5. I also have some ideas for next summer, would be good to test them at the woods near Darwen plenty of terrain obstacle to navigate!! make sure we get out before winter cake eating season starts 😉

    Comment by wayne — November 13, 2006 @ 6:14 pm

  6. uh? cake eating season stops?

    Comment by matt — November 13, 2006 @ 11:23 pm

  7. The season doesn’t stop, but it does change, winter cake eating is very different to summer cake eating.
    winter cake eating is more warm thick custard over insulating sponge, whereas summer cake is more fruit based with a light creamy bias.

    Comment by dave — November 14, 2006 @ 10:58 am

  8. I agree in part – but i feel in the month of December the rules change – pies with mince meat appear and its not beef!! and the fruit cake with icing and other hard sugar based product spread all over it evil nasty stinly cake that it is – its a bad time the humble sponge cake hybernates only to return in the new year. and for this reason i avoid the harder than stones fruit cake and dream of the coming year and the sponge cake it will produce – YUM YUM 😉

    Comment by Wayne — November 14, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

  9. spoken like a true connoisseur of the cake, sir.

    Hoever let us not forget that although the cake of xmas is indeed a charlatan, the marzipan it provides can go some way to redeeming it.

    Comment by dave — November 14, 2006 @ 12:46 pm

  10. Marzipan marzipan it’s wrong I tell you, i would not give this vile stuff to a tramp – it’s yaks spew – How bored at work are we today? very me thinks!!

    Comment by Wayne — November 14, 2006 @ 1:23 pm

  11. Marzipan makes my pee turn Lime.

    I prefer the fruitcake in the winter, and the fruitcake in the summer.

    Comment by matt — November 14, 2006 @ 4:34 pm

  12. lime colour or flavour 😉

    Comment by Wayne — November 14, 2006 @ 4:56 pm

  13. COLOUR! you sicko.

    still tastes of almonds… obviously.

    Comment by matt — November 14, 2006 @ 5:52 pm

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