We have 2 venues, and both have something to offer the other does not.
We stand a slim chance of getting the World Cup Yeti team over, would you prefer to go riding, or meet them, watch them ride, and do shorter rides yourself?
Please let us know.
I know the big 20-30 mile rides we have done in the past have been too much for some, and they go on too long, taking us valuable hanging out time.................. Would you be happier with shorter snappier routes? Like a short AM ride, and a medium guided Afternoon ride?
For the past five years there has been a tribemeet - each one has been different and good in its own way - but for me the no.1 thing is the atmosphere there - the fact everyone is totally into Yeti and MTB.
The riding is a secondary aspect - sure it has got to be there and good but I reckon at every other meet there has been too much for 90% of people. Most can't handle 30 miles on consecutive days at a good pace.
Thankfully though, I reckon you only need a short (sub 15 mile) loop to satisfy most. Racing snakes can do two laps if they need the training, but in the main its a social event so if you rock up expecting a badboy session you've come to the wrong place.
A proper downhill and uplift would also be a massive draw - not only for the dh set but it's a great way to test ride bikes as well.
The more people there from Yeti the better, too. To many Yeti is racing so having the team there would be a huge deal, especially just a week before the World Champs.
Maybe some more organised evening entertainment would be good, like some mtb dvds playing (it'd be cool to hace the f1rst premiere there!)
2007 was my first tribemeet and I really enjoyed it. It's good to be able to chat to other yetifans and paw over each others bike swapping setup details etc. It's also good to ride them together, I think you are both right in saying a 10-15 mile ride is a good distance, that way you can attack it fast if you like, knowing you can have a good breather at the end! Uplifts would be good for the Down hillers, as I felt those on the big rigs last year didn't really have a lot of big stuff to ride.
Any idea how long before the results are finalised? (I know the survey has just been put up!)
Great to see the Yeti roadshow coming together again , with new ideas and maybe some pro riders. The tribe gathering has shown over the years that all types of riders want to be part of the event so a venue that could appeal to a wider variety of styles would be high on my list. I do think that most of the people who turn up would be happy with shorter rides as long as there was a good place to hang out , it should be about being there and having a good time. Tall order I know, but i'll be there whatever !
going by the current votes: "some riding & chilling out" & "some DH & chilling out" are leading. while I'm massively biased living so close to cwmcarn, having the uplift service does make a massive different in being able to do enjoy more DHs when you're getting tired, but without any climbs is a massive bonus (even I learnt this in morzine when I bumped into you andy
although theres definately some climbs, I know a 16mile ride that takes in the Abercarn NPS DH, the pedalhounds DH & brings you back into cwmcarn right onto the trail. If a short ride on unfamiliar trails (IE not a normal lap of cwmcarn) is whats required. this could be a cool option.
I should add that I'm not a DHer by nature. all of these trails can be ridden (all be it slower) on a short travel fork/hardtail. they're a nice mix between technically challenging for the confident/ skilled & not overly scary for more novice types.