Dalby Forest Red Route (mountain biking) Route Details

Route Description

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Introduction

Dalby forest now features over 40 miles of man made, all weather mountain biking trails. The red route offers a long, technical and hill ride around the forests and valleys of Dalby Forest

Conditions

Mostly gravel and rock covered singletrack, with a few small sections of forestry tracks. Most of the single track is well drained, and even in the wet, only a few sections are muddy. There are some obstacles, but the harder ones are avoidable

Hazards and warnings

Ensure you and your bike are ready for several hours of hard, technical riding

Detailed description

Follow the way marked trail from the vistor centre. The trail is well marked.

The first section of the route runs along the side of small, forested valleys. The trail is generally rolling, with short climbs, then fast downhill bits with bermed corners. There are occasional technical obstacles, which can usually be avoided.

After a few miles you'll come to Dixons Hollow, where there are jumps, and north shore logs to play on.  You can also start the route from the nearby carpark, where the Black Run starts. You then get to go down a fast rolling section with some nice jumps. You'll share the route with the Black Run for a while. After messing around in the trees, you'll come to a very steep downhill section, before you briefly emerge from the woods, before diving back in, and crossing a bridge. You'll then come to a brutal climb, with steep zig zags. Then you arrive at fireroad which runs along the edge of a hill, with big views on the left, up onto the moors. At the viewpoint, the Black route goes off down the boardwalk on the right. The red route carries on along the track, before diving back into the woods. Eventually you cross the forest drive, before another bit of singletrack beckons. After the singletrack, you'll join a long section of fireroad. The next section of single track features some interesting 'bomb hole' type sections (which you can avoid). The first one comes rather suddenly, and you can end up riding into it accidently, if you are not careful.

After the bomb holes, just carry on along singletrack pretty much the same as you've already riden. There are one or two descents with bermed corners, as well as the usual rocky and rolling single track. Eventually you'll arrive back at the visitor centre.  

Narrative

The weather seemed like it was going to stop raining for once, so I decided to try the new red route at Dalby. I used to ride the old red route, but grew tired of the mud and long fireroad sections.

Dalby had changed since I last visited. There's a new vistor centre, and lots of evidence of change. There's also lots of new trails. I decided to try the red trail.

For various reasons I found myself riding a rigid single speed. I thought I'd be fine, as the old red route wasn't particulary hilly, or technical. How wrong I was! Although I could ride everything the trail threw at me, the lack of suspension meant every bump hurt. The climbs were possible with the gearing I had, but there was a lot of climbing out of the saddle. Picking a line through the rocky bits kept me alert, as unlike a full suspension bike, you have to choose your line between the rocks very carefully, and sometimes that means slowing right down, as you can't follow the obvious and fastest line.

I did manage to pass 2 riders, but was passed by somebody else, who was able to speed past me, as by then my arms were very sore, and I found it hard to keep any decent speed on all but the flatest, smoothest sections.

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