After January's dig was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions (no-one likes trying to break ground through several inches of snow and hard-frozen soil), February 9th was the first chance for the MTBG Trailbuilding Team to get out and about on the Guisborough Red Route to maintain the trails that so so many ride and take for granted. It was also the first dig under the banner of the MTBG/Orange Mountain Bikes partnership which will see some great prizes being given out across the year courtesy of our friends from Halifax.
In the absence of any signs of movement with plans for Les' 1, our merry bunch o' diggers headed up to the section of trail leading away from Highcliff to help consolidate the armouring carried out a couple of digs ago and to help extend this armouring to avoid the sloppy motorway that was fast becoming the prevalent trail feature on this stretch of trail:
The muddy line was obviously proving too gnarly for the majority of riders so they were creating their own lines and turning a stretch of singletrack into a dual track quagmire that was going to become unrideable before too much longer. As ever, remove all the slop to reveal the track bed and put down a touch of the magic fairy dust to help consolidate the trail and clearly demarcate the original singletrack line ....
It was also necessary to consolidate the line further up towards Highcliff where the bad weather and riders unaware of the consequences of trail erosion had created another multitude of sloppy lines down towards the farm fireroad.
Lunchtime saw the chance for the first MTBG/Orange Mountain Bikes prize draw, seeing Ram walk away with a Headtube, water bottle and a snazzy Hope keyring (courtesy of our friends at SingletrAction) for his efforts. Everyone who attended today also will be entered into the prize draw later in the year for one of the Orange hoodies and the 2013 Crush frameset donated by Orange Mountain Bikes.
After lunch, it was further work on the stretch of singletrack that leads away from Highcliff Farm past the entrance to Le Gouttes Trois: more raking, clearing, barrowing, consolidating and other exciting verbs .....
A great day's work to reinforce, armour and add a couple of little trail features into approximately 200-300m of trail. Yes, it's not got the glamour factor of a complete rebuild of Les' 1 but it's helped to make a section of seriously eroded trail much more weather-resistant and continues the good work that our Trailbuilding Team have done over the last couple of years.
Massive thanks to all those who turned out today - a huge physical effort involved in getting everything to where it needed to be! Thanks to our partners, Orange Mountain Bikes, for providing prizes for our Dig Day prize draw and also for the hoodies for the Trailbuilding Leaders:
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