We set off at 7.30am having already driven 45 mins to get to Hope every Sunday before it gets too busy. I love whatever route we decide to do, great company and someone will chirp up with an idea and we're off.
We ride all morning and chat to each other, other groups of riders and the odd walker (I spoke to some lovely people today out walking while waiting for puncture repairs).
The last downhill is what I really enjoy and I'm sorry to say I want it all to myself. The anticipation builds through the morning and then we're at the top of the last decent. The buzz is unbelievable but when it's busy and there are walkers and riders coming up I hate it. It's like I've had something taken away from me.( I've gone back up to do it again and get a good run in)it's like I can't go home without doing it.
Today was a bad day, I'm usually a very considerate rider. I always slow down and pass very politely but today it was too fast and too late and very nearly a nasty accident. I slowed down as much as possible but went through a group of walkers and riders just too quick.
The walkers were not happy at all and there were some very angry shouts after us down the trail.
So if you were riding up from Hope via the long tarmac section up to Whinn hill I apologise.
If it was possible to have it clear I could ride that last downhill over and over untill I got it nailed perfect and as fast as possible.
This gets me round to a question. Is it wrong to want a section of trail all to yourself?