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Ae forest

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Man made Red route. Big climbs, mainly on fire roads, big descents, rough surfaces. 20km, long climbs and lots of berms, drops and tabletops. Build your skills as it heads for a thrilling finale. The trail is falling apart in places but this just adds to the challenge and its more natural. From the Omega Man section it just gets better an better, the jumps will kick even the most stubborn groundhuggers into the air! The finish has 3 choices, Red, Black, Double Black. Reds my level and superb, trust the designer an drop the drops!!!!
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Latitude
54.96500166110205
Longitude
-3.75732421875
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Dumfries
State/Territory/Province
SW Scotland
Country
Scotland
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
November 16, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bubman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
RED ROUTE; Ride was Great- but the facilities are not upto much- actually they are non existent when we went- no cafe/ shop/no nothing, so take everything with you, but do go cos the trail is really good; dont park at first car park, but keep on along track as far as you can ( 1 mile on) and then park next to trail start.
Lovely single track through forest followed by forest road and then great jumps/curves/ uphill and down sections; there are some long (1 mile ) sections of forest road, but you need them to a/ get your breath back after the lovely flowing downhill sections-we hit 25-30 mph coming out out of one of them, and b/ just enjoy the scenery and serenity of the place; the ride along the top of the valley edge, skirting the edge of a steep drop into the stream below for a mile or so, is fantastic, but then followed by 2-3 miles of so-so track and trail before the fabled Omega man, which is really just a short steep end bit with multiple tracks/ jumps to take; good, but first time round you just dont know which track to take at the bottom, so you could find yourself ending on a massive jump or a good downhill x/c section; overall really good quality and varied trail, but with some flood damage when we went and some pretty barren bits when the forestry people have been tree cutting; it is really quiet; we went on a sunday and only saw 3 others cyclists when they passed us ( we had stopped for punctures, pasties , and pees) but lovely place overall; quite strenouous though!!

Recommended Route:
Red route

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mabie- doing mabie and Ae ina day is manageable and mega-fun biking



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Review Date
May 25, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: mikiluv ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Ace route, good challenging ride for the more experienced riders and a full days riding for the slower weekend warrior like myself. You can ride this at whatever pace you like because it's that long you rarely see other riders, and it lends itself to being a fantastic ride whether you go at a reasonable pace or tear it up and jump at every opportunity of which there is many.

Does contain a large chunk of fireroad but very nicely interspersed with fantastic sections of singletrack, some sections can get a little muddy and tricky in the wet but on a dry day this is a quick course, and in winter belive me it can get chilly up there as it is very exposed in parts unlike some other 7 stanes routes.

Would be nice to see some facilities there like other centres, although perhaps this would take away an element of isolation which is another feature of this route compared to such as glentress.

Recommended Route:
Red Route



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Review Date
March 26, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: TrekFox ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is one of the 7 Stanes, about 20 Minutes from Dumfries by car. Not as crowded as Mabie or Dalbeattie because there is only one single route (dates back to April 2006; the final Downhill is for the more experienced rider, easier green- and blue-graded trails are due to open in August 07). The red route which is somewhat challenging, has some steep climbs and nice technical Singletrack. Beautiful scenery all the way!

This route has an aggressive freeride style to it with some large and sometimes intimidating trail features. If you ride fast (and carefully), you'll get the most of it. Things get very exciting fast.

The highlight of the route is definitely the final descent of Omega Man, with consists of many jumps and some Northshore Track.

Nearby you'll find the 1.6km Ae Downhill route. It provides a bigger challenge with its seriously gnarly rocky sections, slippery roots and some huge drops will satisfy the most demanding of (free)riders.

Take your camera with you. Ae can be ridden on a rainy day, no bike wash or Café.

Recommended Route:
Red route with the Omega man.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Combine it with Mabie (5 miles south of Dumfries) for a nice bike day!



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Review Date
October 9, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ross Mac ,  Downhiller

Summary:
excellent trail very well maintained barely a puddle on the entire track. for xc people this is an ideal trail. me on my nitrous twenty not too good but still when goin dh throughly enjoyable. 4 dh lads i wud do the dh track its ace big jumps and gaps. also the end of the xc trail has a wide smooth section well worth a quick push for its red black and double diamond jumps! all good and not too technical

Recommended Route:
use official website for route

Other recommended trails in the same area:
dalbeattie not too bad on the dh bike worth a quick ride to he slab



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