Exploring the local woods on Saturday and a good blast around Laggan on Sunday. Glorious weather but quite cold. Watch out for the boardwalk at Laggan - it is tres slippy. One of the scariest crashes for a while... Strava made me do it
Monday Morning Debrief 46 - Hello 'prufen my old friend...
Loving the fixing of faults with credit card and bin :D. Nothing Saturday, it fell down, so did 7 mile walk with the hounds instead after rain became merely heavy rather than torrential.
Sunday, broke out the one speed and was 9 miles into the ride climbing up the Eastbourne mile (back complaining bitterly at this point) when the phone rang and the Man from Oncall was required to go and wiggle random wires till an important bit of the railway started working again.
Ace ride in the sun on Saturday from Ladybower - Hagg Farm, Roman Road, Jaggers clough, Mamtor, back over Jaggers Clough, Potato Alley, and finished with Lockerbrook descent.
some bright autumnal colours on the banks of Ladybower.
Went to Whinlatter for a couple of hours not realising the duathlon was on, did the north loop with a couple of inches of snow in places, then joined a snake of puffing competitors slipping and sliding up the south loop. Nice to be able to sit and eat flapjack on the rocky top looking at glorious views of Derwentwater while they had to sweat onwards.
Then crashed at speed on the slippery wooden bridge on the blue.
Jeeze it pissed it down on Sat here in that Lonjon so we ended up bumming around until mates called and we headed over to Slone Sq for supper, Sunday broke early and we headed off to Chatham Marine to look at a boat and had a wander around the mud flats afterwards, then beers in the local and an argument to finish off a very mediocre w/e.
I'm riding all next w/e, so not too bothered, but I must do a couple of bimbles to the bike which I will enjoy whilst listening to some tunes and throwing some shapes.
Oh, I had a call form nephews in R'ogate who thanked me for thier birthday prezzies.. not bad that.
So an overall
Saturday was a write-off here too, I intended to go for a ride and/or a run but I wound up watching the rain and eventually throwing in the towel.
Sunday wasn't much better, for the trails down my way are extremely chalky. Thanks to all the rain, it's a slippy-slidey battle to keep the bike moving forwards and descending is a grip lottery.
I've bought myself a running machine to keep myself occupied during the wet & dark months in anticipation of still being relatively fit come Spring.
Sat . Work as the weather was awful and had a few important jobs to complete, which i didn't.
Sun. FWCC inters ride 43miles and no punctures in our group . Did a TTT attempt but it fell down due to my weary legs. Beautiful day in hampshire , zero clouds and a bright blue sky. The mud can sod off for the next 4 months. Just not interested in slogging my way through gloop and puddles
billy no mates riding in the rain saturday
riding in the sunshine sunday
Friday: Nine uplifts up Antur Stiniog and down the blue and red.
Saturday: Nine uplifts up Bike Park Wales and all the trails bar a few of the black sections ridden.
Sunday: A lap of Swinley plus a play in the jump gulley with a massive hangover and hands/forearms still hurting from two days of uplift on a hardtail!
An awesome and very sociable weekend of riding! It rained every night and all the trails we rode were wet but bar one brief shower it didn't rain on us at all - how unlikely is that in Wales in November?! Bloody miracle, as was about ten of us doing three days of challenging riding and hardly anyone falling off and no bad crashes at all. Glad I was fullfaced, goggled and armoured up for the uplift days even if I was on a silly little bike.
P.S. Antur is gnarly! And comparing old and current videos, a lot rougher everywhere now than when it opened (which is good, it's a DH centre, it should be rough!) On my penultimate run I almost let go involuntarily when hitting the rock gardens at speed and had to mince them the final time down...
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