Our dude Mark Taylor put me onto this edit from UK trails legend Ellis Hardesty. Dude has been killing it in the trails scene over there forever and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon!
Last night I started seeing rumors floating around social media that the legendary trails that are Chertsey were no more. There seemed to be some disagreement as to whether they were already gone or not so I wanted to hold off on posting anything until I actually saw something about it from a local. That came today, and the word is that the trails are indeed going to be plowed by the land owner due to insurance reasons. Having never actually been to Chertsey I can only speak about the place as an outside observer. It was definitely a spot that was always on my bucket list to visit, and a place that I firmly believe earned the right to be called legendary. I remember seeing videos from there during the mid to late 2000s and being absolutely blown away by the place. They were big, they were fast, and the locals rode them in a way that reminded you of why you got into riding trails in the first place. There were plenty of edits that came out from Chertsey over the years, but for me the one above is what always comes to mind whenever I hear the name. Ride UK put together a proper tribute to Chertsey with loads of pics and videos that you can check out HERE. I definitely suggest that you do yourself a favor and take a look. I’m absolutely gutted to see yet another spot of that stature go.
I love waking up and finding stuff like this in my inbox. Epsom is very high on the list of places that I want to visit one day. It looks like an absolute blast to ride and the crew of guys out there keeping the place rolling are legendary. 2014 may have started off a bit rough for them but they powered through and got the trails dialed back in and running as smooth as ever.
I’m not taking it as far back as I usually do for Flashback Friday this week, but this is still one of my favorite trail edits of all time. I used to always joke that someone should use that Kate Bush song in an edit, and then three years ago this popped up. Chertsey was looking as good as ever and the song worked perfectly!