A bit of a mountain bike path in woodland close to New Marske has been sabotaged after massive branches have been put down as a “life-threatening” obstruction.
Errington Woods is a well-liked spot for hikers and dog-walkers alike, however the space can also be a favoured vacation spot for Teesside mountain bikers.
With devoted trails among the many scenic environment, bikers are an everyday sight.
However sadly, there’s at all times somebody who desires to spoil it for everybody.
On Tuesday, a gaggle of mountain bikers have been surprised to find massive branches positioned – and bolted – into place on one of many quickest elements of a path referred to as ‘Oceanic’.
Fortuitously, the skilled riders managed to evade severe harm, however the scenario may have been rather a lot worse.
Talking to Teesside Stay, one of many riders, who desires to stay nameless, mentioned the obstruction may have been life-threatening.
“Myself and a gaggle of pals frequently experience our bikes at Errington”, he mentioned.
“Over the previous few months, in all probability because of coronavirus, now we have seen a big improve in individuals utilizing the woods.
“I for one advocate using the woods for all and we’re blessed to have it on our doorstep. It offers a wonderful alternative for train.
“Sadly, the shortage of issues to do by means of lockdown has resulted in individuals usually moaning and complaining about actually something for the sake of it.
“Sadly, a minority of individuals have gone additional than complaining. Over the previous couple of months now we have seen elevated harmful behaviour in the direction of the mountain bike routes, like elimination of structural rocks and logs to ruining options like berms which help in turning.
“Regardless of these upsetting and harmful acts of vandalism individuals nonetheless remained in good spirits and largely unfazed.”
On Tuesday night the rider, together with three others have been out biking and rode a path known as Oceanic, one of many quicker trails within the woods.
The path lies on steep terrain and is tucked away in a distant part of the wooden with little path entry.
He added: “We rode in from the highest bit into the steep part and have been travelling at appreciable velocity when the rider on the entrance seen a big obstruction and needed to bail his bike.
“Fortuitously, he is a effectively seasoned and skilled rider and he narrowly managed to flee with minimal injury to himself and his bike.
“The three different riders all piled into the again of him and have been additionally fortunate to stroll away with out severe harm.”
When the riders took a better look, they realised it wasn’t a fallen tree.
As an alternative, two massive sections of thick department with holes drilled in them and held collectively by metal bar had been put there.
“It had been strategically positioned on the quickest level of the path at a spot the place it is not seen from the beginning and may rapidly creep up on you”, the rider added.
“This isn’t supposed to discourage, it is supposed to noticeably maim and injure.
“It is one factor to destroy the paths, that is upsetting sufficient, however to go to this point out your approach to trigger severe life threatening harm is one other matter totally.
“This deplorable behaviour must be stopped, and all of us should be courteous that each one can benefit from the woods collectively.”
Teesside Stay has contacted Redcar and Cleveland Council for remark.