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place Ae Forest Mountain Bike Trail Centre, Dumfries, DG1 1QB
Complete with a lift to the top from ‘Ae-Up’ uplift service, the downhill course at Ae is part of the National Points series and will keep the full-bounce brigade satisfied all day long.
The course starts off steep and rocky, leading to an off-camber contouring descent where even the most competent riders will struggle to find grip. You’re then thrown into a ball-bearing gully that spits you out into some tight, twisty, well-rutted singletrack, followed by a big rock garden and a sublime jump over a burn (Scottish for 'stream').
A right-hand, then a left-hand berm hurl you over the tabletop and into the stump garden that will ricochet you about like a pinball. Next come the triples, then the log drop with several lines to land you back onto the fire road. And that’s just the first section!
From the fire road there are two lines to choose from: on the right you can tackle the giant rock garden or to the left you can fly down some sweet traditional singletrack. Both lines will take you to a set of doubles before the route splits again. You can take the fast left-hand line and attempt to clear the 22ft Coffin jump, or you can choose to go right following some tight, technical singletrack.
The routes then converge onto a double log drop and the course finishes spectacularly with a series of tight berms, jumps and step-downs and culminates with the infamous 20ft field drop. Possibly the most thrilling three minutes of your life!
For details of the uplift service, contact Tally at ‘Ae-Up’ Lift Service on 07709 144 299, email: [email protected] . £25 gets you up to 10 runs a day and pre-booking is essential.
Please note: Distance is calculated as air distance or "as the crow flies" the most direct route between two points, so the distance by road maybe slightly longer.
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