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Trail Tuesday - Ride The Lights

This week's Trail Tuesday was slightly different and a lot less trail-y. Myself, Rob and Eddie decided to hit up the annual Ride The Lights in Blackpool. The idea behind the event is to close off the main road down the promenade to cars so cyclists can ride the length of the Blackpool Illuminations, we didn’t really know what to expect but knew we’d have fun no matter what.

 Under The Pier - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

Under The Pier - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

We met at Morrisons in Blackpool at about 7pm, pieced our bikes together and set off to the start of the Illuminations. Myself and Rob were on our mountain bikes, Rob on his Specialised Demo 8 and me on my Whyte G-150, Eddie on the other hand was on his Pinarello single-speed road bike. 

We hadn’t anticipated just how many people would be out that night but it didn’t phase us, we took the ride at our own pace and made our first stop under the South Pier for a snack and a drink.

 Fixie Hype - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

Fixie Hype - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

After our break we started to lose the natural light so I grabbed as many pictures as I could before we completely lost it. As we headed towards the tower we manly stuck to the tram lines to avoid the main crowd and having to weave in and out of other people. Our next stop was outside the tower, we stopped here to get some pictures for Instagram and to see what was going on as there was a stage set up and music playing.

 Crew - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

Crew - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

From the tower we headed further on but on a slightly different path, we diverted down the coastal path away from the main road and accidentally ended up in at the far side of Bispam. We promptly turned round and headed back along the road to the illuminations, by this time is was about 9pm and the promenade road was only closed till 10pm to we set off at a rather fast pace. It took us probably 5/10 minutes to get back to the road closure, we carried on our pace most of the way back to were we started.

 The Bikes - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

The Bikes - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

As we made our way back to the tower myself and Eddie were side by side when a roadie came barreling up behind us, we moved out of his way but didn’t expect Rob to be tyre to tyre with him imitating him as they passed. We picked up our pace to catch up but rob gave up the chase shortly after. We sailed past the tower without stopping but did have another snack stop under the South Pier.

 The Tower - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

The Tower - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

After our second snack stop we slowed our pace and had some fun on our way back to the cars. We found some baks that made nice take offs and had a few runs each at them and had a go at some Urban Downhill on a stair set as we passed the Pleasure Beach. By the time we got to the end of the road closure they were just starting to open it up to cars again. We didn’t really hang around and made haste back to the cars where we packed away and parted ways.

Ride The Lights was a welcome break from the usual mud and sweat that comes with Trail Tuesday and all 3 of us said we’d do it again. I highly recommend taking part next year, it an easy ride and extremely enjoyable. You don’t have to be an avid cyclist, or have the fanciest bike, you can take part no matter your age or skill level. Did I mention it is FREE? All you need is a bike and some lights to take part!

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Rob

Trail Tuesday - Beacon Fell Round 2

So another week and another Trail Tuesday, back up at Beacon Fell having a laugh and a top quality riding session. This is not a part 2 of last weeks Trail Tuesday Post, we just so happened to go back to the same place.

 Views - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

Views - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

I’d had the day off work so ended up arriving first, to kill some time I took some pictures looking out over Preston and Blackpool, as well as some pictures in the car park of my car and bike. After about 20/30minutes Rob and Bran turned up with Andy, Dale and Lewis only 5minutes after them. Everyone got their bikes and gear ready and we set off up to our first spot.

  Ready To Go - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

 Ready To Go - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

Our first spot was the same as last weeks, the 3 corners. It had been raining in the days prior to us going so the ground was a bit slippery but I always think that makes it more fun. Everyone session’d the corners for about half an hour before we extended the trail over the fire road and down the next section of woodland. Myself and Rob had a couple of races down the full line which left us howling with laughter. We session’d the full trail for about 30/40minutes before we moved on.

 New Line - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

New Line - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

From our first spot we pedalled up and over to behind the visitors centre to a ledge. Now A ledge may not sound heaps of fun but with the crew we had it was tonnes of fun! We found a couple of lines down to the ledge, mixing it up and challenging ourselves. Everyone killed it on the ledge and really pushed themselves, even Lewis who has only been riding with us twice before and was on a new bike he hadn’t been out on before.

 Train It - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

Train It - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

As the sun was setting the season died down and ended with Rob and Bran having a log jump competition. Obviously no one else could get anywhere close to their distance so just sat by and watched as they soared through the air before locking the brakes on as to not hit anything in the car park.

 Go Big Or Go Home - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

Go Big Or Go Home - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

As everyone was getting ready to head back to the cars I noticed the sky looked like someone had pained the cloud on. The only way to capture the scene properly I had to silhouette the trees but I love how the image came out. Shortly after we all packed up our gear and headed back to the cars via the road, packed up our cars and parted ways after another incredible session full of fun and laughter!

 That Sky Though - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

That Sky Though - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

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Trail Tuesday - Beacon Fell

So this week for you I have another Trail Tuesday post. I really enjoy making these types of posts as mountain biking is one of my biggest hobbies. I go with a great group of guys who make the night even more fun. In this weeks instalment we headed up to Beacon Fell, somewhere I had never been riding before. I went up there with Rob, Dale, Bran, Eddie and Ste.

 Chucking Up - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

Chucking Up - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

We started our ride in the car park with the first obstacle being a pretty gruelling climb, it served well as a good warm up for the night ahead. After our climb we headed to some corner that Rob, Dale and Bran had been riding the week before. There was only 3 corners but they're pretty big, deep and loose which means lots of fun! We session’d them for a good hour or so before moving on. Everyone got lots of runs in and some surprised themselves more than others.

 Gap To Berm - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

Gap To Berm - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

From the corners we moved further into the forest to 2 very tight and fast lines. We had to dig them out slightly to mark them out and to build up some corners to get us in and out of the trees. We started on the first line which started with a pretty quick straight with a small jump, then goes into a right hander, then a left, then a SUPER tight right round a tree and into another straight with a gap off some tree roots before finishing in a more open part of the forest. The line is so much fun and would make a great dual line race track.

 Railing - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

Railing - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

The second line we rode here was a just off to the right and consisted of a straight, shallow right/left chicane, into a sharp right to another right (which we built up into a pretty decent berm) then ended with a pretty good sized gap to finish off. We had to dig out a lot of this line, especially the corners and the jump but after a short while digging and shaping it was ready to ride. We rode this line until we lost all the light.

 Cutting In - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

Cutting In - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

After we lost all the light, we packed up our things and headed back to the cars. We had to go up to the top path and back down the way we came, but where we started with the gruelling climb we finished with a fast open decent which finished the night off just right.

 Roost - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

Roost - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

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Trail Tuesday - Healey Nab

As you may not know I love mountain biking and a couple of guys i work with have started a weekly ride they’ve dubbed “Trail Tuesday” where we go ride a different, local trail every Tuesday. This week we hit up Healey Nab in Chorley. Healey Nab is a small trail built by local riders and has a wide variety of things to ride for all skill levels. The riding crew consisted of myself, Rob Lofthouse, Brandon Kirby, Dale Leeming and Ste Vickers.

 Whip It - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

Whip It - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

Our ride started at about 6:30pm when we all met up after work. It was an incredibly hot evening so the ride started pretty slow but as the evening progressed and cooled down we all got into our rhythm and the riding got a whole lot more fun. I’d been saying for a while that I was going to take my camera down to a Trail Tuesday and this was the best week for it. Rob is the best rider I know to take pictures of and I have actually photographed him before. There was one line that he was hitting that made excellent images, like the one above.

 Solid Cornering - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

Solid Cornering - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

Dale was practising his cornering on the black run so while I had my camera out I took a few pictures of him before I had a couple of runs myself. After a while we headed off to another area of the woods to him some singletrack. Rob and Bran had found this singletrack and had session’d it a few times on previous trips to Healey Nab. The section we session’d was 3, deep, loose, overgrown corners that are great for practising cornering and sliding. Rob demonstrated how it should be done before the rest of us had a go with varying results.

 Carving The Path - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

Carving The Path - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

After a while of taking runs down the corners I got my camera back out to get some shots of the crew hitting the corners. I started out low to the ground amongst the action and shrubbery to get the classic cornering angles. After a while I wanted a different angle so climbed a tree and snapped form there for a while. I actually prefer that angle as you can see the whole line in 1 frame.

 Roosting - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

Roosting - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

As we started to loose the light I got my flash out of my bag to make the most of a bad situation. Getting the right shot did prove to be hard at first but after a few runs I got the hang of it and got some cool shots. We finished riding at about 9:30pm when almost all the light was gone, we hiked back up the the main trail head and headed back out to the cars. On the way down the path to the bridal way was a fun blast down and was just as technical as it was fast. The bridal way is wide and fast with a number of big rollers designed to slow people down but being adrenaline junkies we hit them all at full speed and jumped off them landing as far away as we could.

 Getting Sideways - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

Getting Sideways - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

Once we were back at the cars and re grouped we all packed our bikes away and said our goodbyes. I had a great drive home round the nearby reservoir before jumping on the motorway, and found some great locations for future photo missions.

If you like mountain biking and are ever up in Lancashire I would highly recommend taking a trip to Healey Nab.

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