April Newsletter 2016


In the first 3 months this year, we planned, you rallied and we dug and dug and dug. By Easter, TTS were exhausted but very proud of what we – and that includes all of you who gave your time – have achieved. Blue 1-3 and Red 1 are ready to open, Red 4-5 or Seagull is open which means some natural riding has made it back into the trail network.

The good news is, we’ll be opening the trails for the next bank holiday weekend.

Freeride Area Update
Work is moving on fast and we have set ourselves a goal – 2 runs open in early summer. Whether we can achieve this will be down to the number of volunteers we can get in helping and the weather. With a fine wind and hard work, this is achievable and the next volunteer days to help with this are:

  • Thursday 28th April
  • Saturday 7th May

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We’ve had many requests for weekday volunteering so here it is. If you would like to use any charity / community service days your company gives you for this, then contact us for any information you need this link.

Who are TrailTeam Swinley?
So who are this elusive group who suddenly popped up with a whole load of trail building? Some of you have met us at dig days or out on the trails. Well, this is who we are and why we do TrailTeam Swinley.


Jon Witts
TTS role – Chairman, Negotiator, Smooth Operator
Favourite music – Clean Bandit, Kasabian, Foo Fighters
Hidden talents – ‘Finding’ big stones for rock gardens
Favourite bike – Norco Sight (UK)/ Nomad (Alps)
Favourite place to ride – Swinley, obvs, otherwise the Alps
Day job – European Telecoms Sales Director
Why TTS? – To give back, getting a great sense of achievement seeing people enjoying the trails


Andy Guerin
TTS role – Director, Treasurer, Swinley Forest Expert
Favourite music – Queen / Pink Floyd / Iron Maiden
Hidden talents – Spotting mountain bike crash sites
Favourite bike – Yeti ASR 5
Favourite place to ride – Swinley, obvs, otherwise natural trails in the Lakes, Wales or Tuscany
Day job – Owner of Purple Bike Shed and Mountain Bike Tuition
Why TTS? – It’s great to put something back into the forest


Tristan Taylor
TTS role – Director, Communication, Digger, Pin-Up Boy
Favourite music – Moderat, Bonobo and anything chilled
Hidden talents – Trail Dog Whispering
Favourite bike –  Something that can handle everything, right now the Whyte T130 is hard to beat.
Favourite place to ride – Swinley, obvs or Wales
Day job – Owner:  Swinley Bike Hub, Coach and Race Team Herder
Why TTS? – To give back to the forest, to dig, maintain and shape the trails we ride


Roger Wayte
TTS role – Director, Health and Safety guru dictator
Favourite music – 60’s and 70’s proper music and Abba
Hidden talents – Making a wicked brew to revitalise volunteers
Favourite bike – Orange Five
Favourite place to ride – Swinley, obvs, otherwise anywhere in Wales
Day job – Retired and spending more time in mountain biking heaven
Why TTS? – Natural progression since helping to build the trails for almost 20 years!


Sue Keating
TTS role – Secretary, PR, photographer, keep the lads in check
Favourite music – ACDC, Muse, Arctic Monkeys
Hidden talents – Paddling a canoe
Favourite bike – Orange Five
Favourite place to ride – Swinley, obvs, otherwise Morzine
Day job – Lady who lunches on trails
Why TTS? – to give something back to mountain biking and have a laugh!


Colin Adams
TTS role – Expert trail design and maintenance, forest dweller
Favourite music – Metallica
Hidden talents – Defying gravity on a bike
Favourite bike – Salsa Bucksaw
Favourite place to ride – Swinley, obvs, otherwise a beach in the Outer Hebrides or anywhere snowy on a sunny day
Day job – Designing and maintaining mountain bike trails in Swinley Forest
Why TTS? – To build stuff well worth riding


Mark Hemmings
TTS role – Supervisor
Favourite music – Bob Marley, Rage against the Machine,The Byrds.
Hidden talents – Making nylon based cycle clothing last 20 years; ferrets, fork lube CENSORED
Favourite bike –  Honda Fireblade
Favourite place to ride – Swinley, obvs, anywhere sandy, the beach, Sahara
Day job – Lots of “working from home”
Why TTS? – I’m a giving kind of guy…..


Russ Cosh
TTS role – Supervisor, trail builder, wacker-plating
Favourite music – Bangin tunes
Hidden talents – Balloon modelling
Favourite bike – Orange Alpine 26 inch wheel 2014
Favourite place to ride – Swinley obvs, The Wall Afan, Hamsterly, Glentress, bottom half of the Mega, Morzine run back down under the Super Morzine lift
Day job – Managing the Cloud
Why TTS? – Riding Swinley for 8 years so time to give a bit back

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