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TRAIL HUNTER NAN BIELD WORTH THE PUSH?

TOM FENTON SEARCHES OUT MORE ‘MUST RIDE BEFORE YOU DIE’ TRAILS THAT NEED TO BE ON EVERY SELF-RESPECTING UK MOUNTAIN BIKER’S BUCKET LIST.

I have only ever been wrong once. That was when I thought I was wrong, but it turned out I was right. Some people are wrong more often. They think that Crocs are acceptable footwear, or that they should put ketchup instead of HP sauce on their bacon sandwiches. These people also think that Nan Bield isn’t one of the UK’s mustride trails.

I had a conversation with a guidebook author who described Nan Bield as unrideable rubbish that barely justified the horrendous push up. Unsure whether to trust anything he wrote ever again, I turned to the Singletrackworld forum, only to find he wasn’t alone.

‘A bit meh.’ ‘Other than the switchbacks, dull.’ ‘Worst ride I’ve done in a long time. Silly long push, then a descent that lacked any flow, then a bit boring.’ I want to know which trails this poster normally rides.

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