Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Fife MTB

It's been a hectic few weeks but we're now settled in the East Neuk of Fife. Chris and I managed to take our Anthems out to two local riding spots.

The first of these was Blairadam Forest. Just under an hour away and the venue for the Scottish Student Champs which we were racing as alumni the following weekend. It has a mixture of rooty singletrack, some steep little run ins down to a river valley and then if you climb all the way up to the top there is a looooong descent through the trees. This is pretty awesome and it will be a shame when the forestry fells this section as it is marked up to do. This however, is the price we pay for having access to such forests. They are grown in order to produce wood which must eventually be sold! Just provides an opportunity to build some noew singletrack in another bit of forest.

Chris in Kemback woods - badly taken photo hill is much steeper than it looks!
Our next riding venue was Kemback woods. This is much closer - maybe 20 minutes by car and ridable from St Andrews when there is more light in the summer. This place is amazing! I don't generally like steep descents although once I get my head in I can get quite good at it - this place is going to help me a lot! There are numerous runs down the steep hill. Bits of trail have been built and its obviously a well looked after riding spot. When we were there in pretty nasty drizzly rain there was a guy raking the trails and another couple being video-ed on their DH bikes. As usual the Anthem's were really good. Point them down get off the back of the saddle and they go where you want - just what the MTBer ordered!

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