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Mountain bike challenge

On yer bike!

The Red mountain bike trail at Dalby Forest is now open. So is it worth piling your bike in the back of the car and heading off for a test run? Keen mountain biker Pam Montague reckons so - even if you're not all that experienced.

For over a year now I have waited with both excitement and anticipation as I’ve watched the new Red bike trail in Dalby grow and develop.

I have to say I have always been a little on the negative side - never believing that the trails could match those of Scotland or Wales. How wrong I was. Last Saturday the final small piece of trail was finished and for the first time I got to ride the whole trail in one go, and boy, I was not disappointed. 

I started in Dalby Village and headed up and up - a good test for both legs and lungs, but worth it because once at the top you get to helter-skelter all the way back down again. Then you climb again before enjoying a lovely piece of swooping single track. The trail then continues for what feels like forever with a rollercoaster ride swooping single track.

The trail has everything - drop offs, technical down hills, big climbs and lots and lots of lovely singletrack. By the end of the trail I couldn’t stop smiling, although both physically and mentally tired.  

"The trail has everything - drop offs, technical down hills, big climbs and lots and lots of lovely singletrack"

It maybe isn’t the most technical trail in the world but there’s enough there to keep everyone happy and there are a few sections of Black route intermingled with the Red if you crave a little more extreme riding.

Even if you've never ridden a mountain bike before, just go and have a go. If you don’t own a bike, no problem. Purple Mountain, based in Dalby Village, has a huge range of bikes for hire.

As well as the Red route there are also a couple of easier routes marked out in Blue and Green. However, the beauty of the Red route is you can choose to do as much or little as you like as there are escape routes marked throughout the trail. 

The main thing is to have fun and if you have to get off and push occasionally, so what? Even the best riders in the world will push at some time. And for you hardened, sceptical mountain-bikers, come and see for yourself, you won’t be disappointed in singletrack heaven!

Finally, a big thanks to all the volunteers at Singletrack and the Forestry Commission for all their efforts in making these trails happen. 

See you on the trails and happy riding.

Pam Montague

last updated: 24/06/2009 at 10:33
created: 30/05/2007

Have Your Say

What did you think of the trails in Dalby Forest?

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matthew sherring-lucas
50 ks is a long way for an 11 year old. fast, flowing and lots of fun. if you don't take food then your stuffed

headin back this weekend, hopefully this time wont end up in hospital. tho i do get over excited sometimes....

Paul M
Some awesome singletrack. No-one with just a few skills will be outfaced by it. Only criticism is that trail is getting overly worn in places so set your forks soft but with fast rebound or you'll get battered!

Ian H.
Now the route is complete, and fully signposted, it is now easy to follow the way around. It is a good, enjoyable test for any cyclist of reasonable fitness. As stated in the above report, you do not have to complete the course in one ride. It is quite easy to break the route up and complete a further section another time if you wish.

Nick C
The red route is exellent, and I rode it on my first time biking, now im well into it!

Sam Shaw
The trails are exelant but the route map needs updating. If you are new to Dalby you will find it almost impossible to use as I and most other people I have spoken to found out.

Dan ashton
Yes very good. Reds long and fun and flowing. Blacks technical for hills and drops.class overall

Ewan David Sherring-Lucas
loved the red track. avoid the "skills centre" it needs a first aid post

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