Video: Classic British Carnage in Muddy Ruts

Oct 27, 2020
by Tom Caldwell  
Views: 18,584    Faves: 51    Comments: 11


It’s not even winter yet, not even close, and the UK has descended back into slop, slime and grease for the foreseeable future. Our local spot, Delamere Forest, has been subject to bulldozing and deforestation (tree farming effectively) over the past year. But once again, we rebuild and bring the scene back to life. On this side of the woods (where this was shot) is renowned for loss of traction at the best of times. The recent Autumnal rains and increasing trail traffic (probably due to nobody going to Wales) has brought socially distanced kids together for big sessions on our slimy, rutted, and currently very challenging to ride trails. And yes we know, the trails get hammered and ruined, but we dug them and we maintain them. You have to also think about a certain Reece Wilson who just won World Champs in sloppy conditions, and the top 5 juniors were British. We love the mud. Anyway, enjoy the chaos and pure fun from the North West boys. We had a whale of a time.

Delamere has been on life support, but it sure ain’t dead.

Video / Words - Caldwell Visuals
Shot on - Sony A7sii, 28mm F2

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Delamere Forest


68 Comments

  • 77 15
 A fine metaphor for Brexit Britain - no matter how stupid it's going to be, we'll try and plough through - and be left with shit all over our faces!
  • 35 0
 Why we won world champs!
  • 3 8
flag kylesligo (Oct 27, 2020 at 13:29) (Below Threshold)
 Not in the juniors????????????????
  • 26 0
 Class!! If we didn't ride in conditions like in the UK, then we'd basically never ride.
  • 26 2
 If any non-brits are wondering if that was an excessive amount of swearing. It absolutely f*cking wasn't.
  • 6 1
 Ha. Quality comment. So true!
  • 22 0
 Is this the world champs?
  • 20 2
 Show up in the US to the trailhead with mud on your bike and immediately get stared at like you are an anarchist. Heaven forbid its a muddy EBIKE! LOL It's no wonder we get smoked everywhere else in the world.
  • 1 0
 right
  • 17 2
 This is the most British riding video ever! Looks a right hoot.
  • 9 0
 Fookin ell!
  • 6 0
 When your roadie mates ask you what mountain biking is all about, show them this video
  • 6 0
 This literally sums up riding in the UK for the last few weeks and will be for the long term it seems
  • 7 0
 RUTS MUDDY RUTS!
  • 2 0
 Ratamahattatatatatatata
  • 4 2
 I absolutely love this quality of cinematography, Caldwell always delivers. I'd say VOY! And what we can learn from the riding, fast is safe.
  • 3 1
 Funny NOT all parts of the UK are that wet?
OK my trials trails were completely under water 2 weeks ago, but now hardly a wet spot?
  • 4 0
 Maybe you should come down to Wales! Razz
  • 1 0
 It's a generalisation mate. Count yourself lucky because it's p*ss wet down here.
  • 3 0
 Can we not get in to a where is wetter argument please. There's one of the following Gritty wet Muddy wet Clarty mud wet Wet wet Wet and cold Wet yet warm Wet before you hit the trails Wet and windy Wet Add as appropriate to your location but let's face it you could have multiple wets on one ride.
  • 4 0
 @Ricardo-Sa: Would love to, but they've probably got the snipers out at the border already.
  • 4 0
 @fatduke: Add to that some regional wetties: Mingin wet, dreich, pure hingin wet, bogin
  • 1 0
 @browner: I don't know how wet "pure hinging wet" is but I like the term.
  • 1 0
 @Ricardo-Sa: would if I could !!!!
  • 3 0
 @fatduke: when it is absolutely pure hingin wet you will know. It just seems right
  • 1 0
 @browner: Quality. I'm hereby introducing it to the northern lingo.
  • 2 0
 @browner: Reckon by the end of the month it'll be a common term used. I only wish I had a Yorkshire term to trade with you maybe siling it down or chuckin it down.
  • 5 0
 Reece Wilson, nuff said
  • 4 0
 Why does this look like a lot of fun?
  • 5 0
 YES fun getting all muddy as long as you can get warm & dry afterwards?
Other wise gets way less fun real quick once you stop riding!
  • 6 0
 My brother and I maintain a fully wet soggy muddy ride is fun once in a while if you are prepared to fully commit to getting filthy and soaking but it's not enjoyable every single ride
  • 6 0
 It's the cleaning afterwards which can get on your tits. Although I can get most of the mud off myself & bike in about 10 minutes its never fun turning a hose on yourself when the temps in single figures. Plus the neighbours think I'm mental.
  • 3 0
 Nobody fancies a mudhugger on the back wheel? You don't stay clean but it keeps you from being soaked through.
  • 4 1
 They look kind of naff but they do a really good job
  • 1 0
 @Mattgc: The "I just shat my trousers" look is so much better Smile
  • 5 0
 Sam Hill would be proud
  • 4 0
 Great job. This is the right way...
  • 3 0
 Yet, most of them are still faster than I am on dry tracks.
  • 3 0
 Standard Northern conditions!
  • 2 0
 Was riding with these on Sunday, still can’t believe how quick they were in the slop.
  • 2 0
 Delamere defo not dead , so much rad stuff if you explore , but did separate my shoulder in those old pale ruts this year !!
  • 2 0
 Ah man gutted to hear that. They're lethal if you get them wrong hey!
  • 4 1
 Old snake hips on the Nomad was looking pinned!
  • 3 0
 ''Old snake hips'' hahaha
  • 2 0
 Wee Canucks see some rain now and then. From what I watched without the ruts straight into the trees.
  • 3 0
 Crash course in cornering skills!
  • 1 0
 Is it me, or do most of the voice overs sound like Dave from Leisure Lakes??... ;-)
  • 3 0
 Skill.
  • 2 0
 "Lubrication at its finest"
  • 3 0
 Ace..
  • 3 0
 Great edit though
  • 4 6
 Time to buy a bmx and practice in the car parks till the slop dries out. Much of the trails in Wales dry out quick as on stone, here in the south its just mud, you need at least three days of dry weather before any good.
  • 1 0
 Then never practice the mud and stay a d.ck on it forever?
  • 3 1
 Yuck!
  • 4 4
 I think you'll find the top Junior is Irish NOT British
  • 5 0
 I know, I know. I have been corrected and can't change the article text. Thanks man.
  • 2 0
 @caldwellvisuals: Fair play for replying, the edit really is class
  • 2 1
 Those poor trails.
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