Mountain Biking at Gisburn – in the snow

We had planned to go mountain biking at Gisburn (Lakes side of Skipton) for about 6 weeks so when the day came round and there was significant snow fallage, we decided to go none-the-less.

James cried off as he couldn’t get his car out down at Rastrick so we set off at 08:45. We arrived at around 10:45 at the tail centre as the ONLY car there and in fairness we had seen some incredible snow drifts. The is no way we would have been there without the skills of big Bruce. He managed the snow and the drifts effortlessly and in comfort for the passengers.

We actually needed to clean the snow and crud off the bikes BEFORE we started riding.

At the top of the hills in the open the wind was exceptionally cold but did not deter us from doing the trail.

Tim told us it was a 12k trail although Simon was spent at what seemed like (retrospectively) about 3/4 of the way around. Turns out it is actually 12 miles so Simon feels a lot better about that.

It was (in Simon’s opinion) the most tiring BUT most exhilarating ride that we have completed yet and while that last 1/4 left poor Lee and Tim waiting for Simon a LOT, it was worth the run out.

Snow riding is a LOT of fun and worthy of anyone with a little confidence to have a go – you will not regret it.

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