I first went to Bristol as a rider in the mid 1990s, but the end of October this year was the first time I’ve been there for a ride. We stayed with our friends Stuart and Debs in Portbury and rode out on Saturday morning for a three hour loop taking in some of the local forest and country park singletrack. It was like a bizarre cross between Calderdale, Thetford and slippery Malvern mud that caught me out on some of the corners.
The singlespeed coped well with the conditions and it’s clear that these guys are very lucky to have some top trails within the Ashton Court Estate and Leigh Woods accessible from their doorstep. I’d like to be able to go back and explore them again in future.