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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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