This might be vaguely off topic but please bear with me as it's for a very good cause. Please take a minute to sign and forward the petition and when we win, perhaps we'll have a retro-bike meet down there
For everyone in favour of keeping the ONLY rocky trail in the south east of Britain - here's an online petition.
It's easy to use, just click the link.
In case anybody doubts that the intention is to dismantle the course; here is the email I received from Essex County Council.
This is the definitive answer and the course WILL BE SANITIZED UNLESS THEY CAN BE MADE TO SEE SENSE.
"We are committed to retaining as much of the Olympic course as possible but adaptations will have to be made to allow beginner and novice riders to use the course safely.
There will be various works to make it suitable for public access and these works will not begin until 2013.
ECC are planning to provide opportunities for experienced riders of a suitable standard who are interested in riding the course the chance to join guided rides before the adaptations are completed.
For experienced mountain bikers who have completed “black” grade trails at other UK trail centres or others with appropriate coaching or skills qualifications who are interested they should email firstname.lastname@example.org
providing details of their experience level and weather they are interested as a) a Group or b) an individual."
I'm sure most people on here will find this ludicrously patronizing and consider that it shows a complete mis-understanding of our sport.
I think the root of the problem is that the general public in this part of the country don't understand anything about mountain biking or its popularity. This comment in the Essex Echo illustrates my point:
"Give it a couple of months and this 'track' will be just another mothballed facility." As if!
As well as signing the petition you can email ECC
and/or write your comments on
ps I live in Yorkshire so this doesn't affect me personally - just want mountain biking to be the winner!