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On the Fourth of February the South West drift trikes went back to the gorge and we came along too! So drift Trikes are a lot of fun and is a largely underground sport, with three wheels for stability (or not) the two on the back are usually covered with PVC to remove any grip they may have (as they are small pneumatic go-cart wheels) and then a twenty inch BMX front wheel usually fitted with a brake and a set of peddles. This making it a bike in UK law and legal to ride on a public road (please add your own reflectors and bell) And all this held together with a gooseneck frame giving it a low wide stance on the road. The object is to travel down a big twisty hill whilst having as much fun as possible with huge drifts around corners at brake neck speeds as sideways as possible, now you can see why the sport is largely underground.
Some weeks back the South West drift trike crew and friends started talking about a meet at Cheddar gorge of which is a well-known beauty spot with a steep twisty road and some fantastic scenery. As time went by word spread via Facebook and numbers increased dramatically with the likes of Huffys slider UK, Triad Uk drift trikes making an apperance, as well as clubs like Dub trikes, Drift trikes Plymouth and Drift trikes UK and even store riders from Vortex which is the one of the only store in the UK that is actively present within the sport both by stocking and riding these mental machines whenever possible.
With over fourty riders within the Facebook group making an appearance over the whole day and with a maximum of about thirty riding at once. The original car park was completely over run with trikes and a mini bus to run people up to the top of the hill and all skill levels were present for a bank holiday filled with thrills and spills. Just using the brake and riding around the corner is still a hugely exhilarating experience when your sat one inch off the tarmac. Personally I went for the ride it like you stole it tactic and what a lot of fun that was!
With a very friendly atmosphere from the very start, all riders looking out for each other and such it gave the whole event a bit of a family feel. This was highlighted perfectly when Tony took a tumble and flipped out of his trike into the side of the road and snapped his ankle and his Tibia, which is to be pinned back together later this week. As soon as the accident happened riders were pulling in to help and even running back up the steep hill to give assistance with the mini bus that followed the pack down stopping to pick up the wounded (tony)
We had all been riding since about ten in the morning so by about three in the afternoon the traffic and shear visitor numbers had swelled so much in this National trust venue it was decided that it was now too busy to be safe. It’s all about calculated risk to both the rider and the public and with an increased temptation to overtake other road users it was decided we would all venture off. This is where I said goodbye to my new friends however the rest of the guys were not ready to throw in the towel and there was a charge to the seven sisters where a tad more fun was had before the day came to its inevitable end. I’m already counting down the days to the next meet and I implore you all to come along and see what drift trikes are all about!
– Nathan Baker