I've been to a few trail centres this year, mostly down to the weather. The thing I have noticed is that they appear to be packed almost all the time, and even when I have dropped in for a coffee while passing during the week, there are always people there. This has got to be a good thing, in that people are out, riding and spending money on bikes and gear.
As for the skills on display, well, I have to say the full suss guys, with the neck braces and the full face helmets perched on the top of their heads bouncing up and down on the suspension and pulling (short and mostly out of control) wheelies make me laugh.
The only guys that really grate, and I say this as a man approaching his 54th birthday, are the fat old guys with all the gear and no idea, who will not pull off the trail when being rapidly caught up. Or, as in the case of a guy the other week, who do stop, but right in the middle of the trail on a hairpin corned and on a climb... yeah thanks mate!
I don't mind that they are fat, I don't mind that they are unfit, both of those will be taken care of with enough riding, what bothers me is the mentality that because they have the latest numpty thousand pound bike, that I am not allowed to pass them, rather than just enjoying the trail at their own speed, happy to share the facility with fellow riders.
Ah well, takes all sorts I guess.
As for the names; most of the trails around here have sensible names like Yer Tiz and Verderers etc. Look on Strava at some of the cheeky trails, and that's when I start to wonder at riders mental ages
"Try not to punch any clowns"