UK_Exile wrote:I bet I'll get abuse over this but I prefer the new smooth track. The CCC has to cater for all people.
I think the council probably had to upkeep it as part of their road maintenance and were probably not even thinking about bikers and walkers when they did it. I just think that it is a bit of a waste of money because given a winter or even just a few weeks of rainy storms it pretty quickly cuts out and gets back to the state it was before.
fair enough, but it does sound to me as if you would be more at home on a road bike? However, my biggest problem with riding on roads is the cars, so I can totally understand you wanting to go ride somewhere more tranquil like RapakiIt gets me off road, away from cars and onto a surface I'm comfortable with, both up & down. I've no need to prove skills to anyone but me. I don't see the need to test myself and my skin on more technical trails. I enjoy it more now. Fitness test, not skills suits me.
Even in its roughest state I still find Rapaki to be a boring climb and I hardly ever come back down it. To be honest having it smooth for a couple of month before it cuts up into a bunch of new lines does not make much difference to me.It's fit for purpose for walkers, and less narly track inclined MTBers. Think of it as an introduction track for those people. It's like a learners slope on ski fields. No one suggests they should be replaced with mogals and half pipes.
Who knows, the new or less abled riders introduced via smooth Rapaki may go on to learn the necessary skills on the other more technical trails. But without a smooth Rapaki as their first rides chances are they would be scared away and wouldn't learn to enjoy MTB.
Maybe? I still think that if you have not learned the skills to ride up/down Rapaki in a rough state then you will never handle the current single track at the top of the hill. We need to put a rocket under the process for getting the Montgomery Spur opened up, and build some intermediate mtb tracks up there (easier than the single track up the top, but harder than Rapaki). Then people would have somewhere to progress in their mountain biking.