Last week i got the chance to head down to Gawton to test out the new uplift service. Fly-Up uplift is already well established for the uplift at Forest of Dean so when i heard that Fly-up is now operating down at Gawton as well i knew it could only mean good things.
We pulled up at Gawton for dead on 10am, simple and straight forward we signed on, got our wrist bands, kitted up and headed for the hill. Unlike most uplifts when you arrive you are already at the top of the hill which lucky means no waiting around, just arrive and ride.
The tracks shoot you out right next to the uplift point so there is no big pedal or push, its just straight down the hill and straight on the bus ready for you next run. With only a short drive back up it means a quick turn around, allowing for at least 15 in a day (if you can last that long!).
Gawton has four tracks to choose from ranging from red to double black trails. All the tracks have mixture of everything thrown into them, rock gardens, roots, jumps, drops, fast flowing corners, tight twisty turns, steep gradient, enough to test even the best of riders and also with the 2 red graded tracks it makes it a perfect playground for beginner riders too.
Within the 2 full days i was down there i rode all of the 4 tracks and not once did i get bored. There is so much down there to test you and keep pushing you to your limit i think its the perfect place for progression. I have to say think Gawton is now up there on the list of my favourite places to ride DH in the UK. Challenging and fun and a great test ground to try get back up to race pace before the season kicks off again.
Need to say a big thank you to Simon from Fly-Up Downhill for 2 great days riding, and needless to say i will be back soon.