Riding downhill is one thing, but getting back up again with a bike that weighs as much as Doddy's beer fridge isn't good - unless you're one of those freaks who's in to pain and suffering.
Riders in Europe and around the world are lucky enough to have proper mountains with ski-lifts to take bikers back up after full runs, but as most of you will know, that kind of thing practically doesn't exist in the UK. We just have to push - thanks to the new ruling that stops us using our own vans (etc) to fill up with bikes and bodies.
Luckily, Darrell Axford from Cwmdown uplifts has solved the problem for some in South Wales at the excellent Cwm Carn site - he's got a specially rigged up trailer and minibus that takes up to 16 riders and bikes. He offers the service on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-6pm, Thursday and Friday from 10am-8pm, Saturday from 9.30am-8pm and Sunday from 9.30am-6pm- obviously weather conditions can affect this - as well as dark evenings drawing in...
It will cost you £3.50 for a single uplift, £14 for a 5 trip transferable ticket, and £22 for a whole day - which is well worth it. However, the service is busy, so it's worth checking out the website - you can even book in advance for big parties.
Darrell's been a massive help to us on various shoots recently - some of which we couldn't have done without him - a huge thanks to Darrell and cwmdown.co.uk.