A springtime field report from The Midlands

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th April saw a load of riders meet up near Derby for some serious fun shredding in the sun, in the woods, and on the golf course. Rem joined in on the saturday, and Wilz brings us a report & photo-diary of the days shenanigans…
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Rem rocked up at the meet point around lunchtime after a few hours on the road, just after Ade Dirtbox had smushed his mush (pesky tree magnets) on some warm-up runs. They’d been there for a while already and everyone was in good spirits as we padded up. Allestree Woods are small but perfectly formed, meaning not much walking between the diverse spots, and it’s got a big ol’ public golf course right there meaning lots of fun was to ensue…Immediately on it, we started sessioning a sweet run through the woods on the edge of the fairway. There was a great mix of abilities and styles, everyone attacking the run with a plumb. Mark set the standard, this being his local spot. Roger dropped in off a tree, Ade tried to get some more dirt in his face, and Simon jumped the bench with & without people on it. Chris & Filipo were rocking it, Jasper & Jay were constantly riding and filming the fun for some doco, and we were joined by more riders- Andy & a random newbie! (good on yer Geoff- the only mountainboarder i’ve ever seen wearing white & cream!!) The numerous riders did a bit of what they fancied for the first few hours, enjoying this fine spring day, good company, and wicked spot…
We also played on the big verges at the top of the golf course and had some wicked mass descents. Scott had the first truck casualty of the day, Jenna rode really well, Lisa kept nicking my board for a shred despite having a gammy knee, jokes were had, and rumours of elf & goblin spotting started…
After some mid-afternoon snacking, we moved into the woods to another area where some gnarly rocks drops & dirt drop-ins led to a challenging gulley or tech wooded section with a stump-jump halfway down, finishing with a dead badger at the bottom. The run was christened Dead Badger, natch.
The rock drop was fairly gnar but too tasty to resist for me, and despite 2 fails, 3rd time was a peach (yet strangely not captured on film ūüėČ ¬†Smilie also got a bit munched by it but the Mountainboard Derby & PUATB boys stomped it. (Must put more air in my tyres for drops…) Rog 90ed off the biggest bit of rock for a laugh & a cracking photo. Further down we whiled away more time sessioning the stump-jump area with some nice grabs, 180’s, and Si busting some 3’s , all despite a sketchy run out. Scott twisted his ankle a bit and Andy cracked one of his trucks too, good work. ¬†This area rocked, with riders doing varied stuff all over the shop…
After we had a well earned break to recharge, chat nonsense, laugh, and put the mountainboard world to rights before heading over a bit to another new challenge. A tight, tech-ey section through small trees, big sharp right onto a dirt-road, then fast left drop through the last rooted bit of woods before spitting out onto a dead-quick gravel path to the bottom. It was ace fun. My comedy moment was doing a massive right slide at the bottom on the gravel, taking out a post i didn’t notice, into a boggy ditch i hadn’t seen ūüôā Unfortunately Si had done a similar thing but to the left and managed to face plant a stump which caught him in in his third eye (not that one), despite wearing a full-face! Some herbal medicine & chocolate sorted him out though ūüėČ
As the clouds rolled in, some of the guys had to bugger off but we carried on riding, again & again. Through the woods some more then onto another bit of fairway before heading back round and up to the rollers: A grassy drop leading to 4 big yet mellow rollers, a nice little feature on this carve-tasticly manicured golf-themed bit of the hillside…
By now we’d been riding for hours and our legs were yawning. With some late afternoon madness setting in, we called it a day & headed back to the motors, finally spotting the Elves & Orcs back in the car park. Turns out they’d been in the woods all that time too, playing about, just like us. I think they fill their car boots wiith very different toys & velcro-ed uniforms though. Swords & shields, not boards and pads lol
It was agreed we’d all had an awesome session (despite 2 broken boards & 2 lucky-escape faceplants!), everyone pushing themselves and their riding. i especially enjoyed myself; loving riding shit-loads in a fantastic new spot while simultaneously trying to document everything with my trusty snappit camera! And indeed it was a great pleasure for us to visit Derby Mountainboard’s home turf, and have a laugh with friends old & new. Thanks goes out to everyone who was there! Sorry if i forget anyone…
Jon, Roger, Ade, Mark, Simon, Lisa, Jenna, Filippo, Jasper, Jay, Scott, Geoff, the Elves & the Orcs.  Now, some portraits:
Now check out some other media if ya like!Simon’s got his vid up on Vimeo with some more photos (including the following day’s session at Hemlock Stone), all available through the lovely Plymouth Uni ATB site,¬†PUATBScott’s short taster vid (yes u can see 2 of my 3 stoopid stacks that day, thanks LordSkellig…;) + a few more photos (sick sequence of Si’s bench jump!) can be seen on¬†Dirt doesn’t melt

There’s not-a-write-up by Ade on¬†The Dirt Box

and¬†you can find out more about riding in this area with the¬†Mountainboard Derby¬†Facebook page. For public transport, I’d advise the Mango Fandango bus.Cheers! xx

Photos n words by Dan ‘Decreate’ Wilson, with 2 or 3 snaps by Roger ‘Minnie Mouse’ Swannell, and the final ‘Next Catalogue posed’ posse shot by Lisa ‘Invisible Board Pixie’ McLernon.