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The 50 Great British Trail Centres

| Blog, Mountain Biking Uk | 11/04/2012 08:00am

Clive and Frazer blaze a two-wheeled trail across Britain in the quest for the ultimate ride.

Clive Forth is a man of many hats – skills coach, author, trail builder, former pro rider. Most of all though he’s a man with every square centimetre brimmed with a passion for mountain biking. Over the last 30 days he’s been travelling the length of Britain with his trusty companion and photographer extraordinaire, Frazer Waller, to capture, collect and collate  their efforts to ride 50 of Britain’s trail centres.

We best let the pocket-dynamo himself take it from here…

“So for a couple of years now I’ve had a few ideas floating around in my head (there is a lot of empty space up top) of epic road trips that I could take on.  I have been fortunate enough to share in many adventures with long-time friend and team mate from the Extreme Endurance days Rob Lee, however this was always in a supportive role and not a riding one. I was long overdue my own endurance undertaking and chance to suffer.

I’ve seen Rob ride many 24hour solo race events and complete epics like the South Downs Double and 7stanes in 24 hours, it was that particular trip that planted the seed for my own mission.  The timing could not have been better for putting this together, by the end of this year I’d have been riding and racing for 25 years and it was 20 years ago this April that I lost my mother to cancer.  Selfish as it may seem I wanted an epic journey that I would not forget and maybe no one else would comprehend taking on as a record or challenge.  No clock running, no support crew to feed and drive me, just my good friend Frazer with his camera along for the ride capturing as much as he can in a rolling road trip over a month.

There have been many new trails and centers that have popped up in the British Isles and this was the only way I could pull myself away from the natural riding I love and commit to riding them, and so it came top be, 50GBT.”

So there you have it – two men, two bikes, a lot of camping and one big adventure. Oh, and did we mention that it all NEEDS to go according to plan as Clive is also booked to play a DJ set at the end of it in fashionable London town?! Stay tuned to this here blog for updates on how the lads are getting on. There’ll also be a feature in the mag soon following life on the road. Until then – good luck, lads!

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