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Monday Morning Debrief No. 26 - What did you do?
This. It was fantastic.
I eschewed my "normal" road club ride for 2 MTB rides this weekend. The first was great, I really enjoyed some stunning and fast forest singletrack.
The second (probably due to psychology) was ridden in a lackadaisical fashion and ended with broken spokes.
Its good to be back on the MTB's though.
Mountain biking in mountains
A bit of hidden singletrack finding
and getting out of my depth
And then Fort William on Sunday
Not too shabby a weekend actually.
Hours in car: 14.
Grumpy children: 3.
70th Birthday parties: 1.
Hours on bike: 0.5
Swinley Red and Blue
Bristol Bike Fest Had a great day apart from a mate head butting a tree (but he's ok now)
106km road ride.
Included having abuse shouted by car passengers (no road conflict just random abuse), hitting the deck after clipping a traffic island and my ride partner being crapped on by a bird.
Couple of hours round Marple and Mellor at 7am on Saturday before going to some festival for kids and stuff with my niece.
About 20miles and 2000ft (the bike ride, not my niece).
Saturday - dicked about at Swinley on the Pitch - 28 miles
Sunday - Cafe'n'back ride on the road - 50 miles
Monday - commuted in by bike, pedal siezed (guess which brand!) - 6 miles
Stuck in PH nigeria so
10 miles on an exercise bike in the gym
10kms running round the 2.5km loop on the perimeter of the base in +30 & 100% humidity.
watched the F1 :D#
while me mates did the deeside lass 600k audax
3 rides over 48hrs covering about 150km. A return to busy biking weekends for the first time in ages. Got proper shakey fear over the back of Limecraig at Aberfoyle on Friday evening. Dry trails all the way Saturday - lots of bluebells. Bit of aerial photograph inspired exploring on Sunday.
Got road abuse as well, usual get off the... cyclists... Really some people need to understand they're not a demon (driver) it's bad sun burn.
Surrey Hill Saturday, was led round some new (to me) single track and had a stop at peas lake that's always worth the effort of the climb back up. 24 miles / 890m climbing.
Sunday - my wife's school year had a reunion based around a cricket match which I guested at. First game for about 7 years, I kept wicket (one catch, no byes, one decent stumping appeal but umpire had dropped off), and then made 26 with the bat before being sawn off lbw
Monday - can hardly move but I have 2 fir trees to dig out. Nurofen and co-codamol will see me through.
Did my 2 Woods and a Hill ride.
1 of the 2 woods is still boggy in places but was a fun 34km overall.
Race time for my son's:
I managed two solid training sessions of 50km and 45km, riding some brilliant dry and rocky trails.
Hebden Bridge to Oxenhope loop in gorgeous sunshine.
Awesome ride with great company
After spending the entire week cooped up in an office looking forward to riding Cut Gate when it was dry, I got to Cranberry Clough and snapped my rear mech hanger.
Then I pushed the 6 miles back to the car with a sad face
Meh. Was ok s'uppose.
Spent all of Saturday in hospital with Mini D. Had a respiratory problem all OK now tho..was supposed to be heading to FoD
Spent the weekend under the Syncro - exhaust install completed, sump removed, gasket installed, sump refitted, all fluids replaced, fired up - sump has a small hole weeping oil - ARSE!
Sunday - stripped it all again, grabbed sump off spare engine, wet through whole process again. Replaced all fluids again, water pouring out of a front to back pipe - ARSE II, circlip given up, replaced refilled water.
Finally at 6pm took for a spin.
Now have an 8 seater, 4x4, 100mph kettle - boiled over, so the next game is chase the airlock.
Did manage to clean the camper inside and fit new curtains (one missing, ARSE III) contacted curtain company, making and sending today.
Did stroke the bike twice as I walked past it adn in a fit of pique ordered new bar ends, saddle and cranks for the greenmachine.
I AM going out for a ride tonight, no matter what happens
nice pics trailofdestruction. Where?
For me, saturday was 90km over the Penines to Caldbeck. Spend 11 hours sanding floorboards, then ride home again. Hartside Pass twice in one day. Long day.
Sunday was all about my son's 5th birthday (today). Spent the day at a friends eating bbq meat, drinking beer in the sunshione while the kids played. Great weekend.
Today, son #1 got his new bike. Happy.
trailofdestruction - is that hole in the wall the "hole in the wall" trail at Grizedale?
I kept it local so I could be back in time to work and watch the World Cup live online. Great Hill and Healy Nab.
Chevy Chase enduro on the Isle of Widget on sat, 5 laps (would have been 6 had I not punctured and discovered my spare was already requiring repairs )
Good laugh and the beers and burger after was much enjoyed.
Then sat on Cowes seafront yesterday eating chips in lovely warm sunshine and had a barbie last night.
Big loop round Grizedale, Far Sawrey, over 3 tarns to Claife, down into Hawkshead, back round the NFT to the visitors center, back up to the top of Parkamoor, where I meet all of the Wollybacks crews *waves at Wollybacks*, and then back over into the forest and down Moor Lane to Satterthwaite.
Would have gone down Parkamoor to Nibthwaite, and then back up the road and over the top, but I had 5 punctures, so ran out of time to do a bigger loop. Still not beaten my record of 7 punctures on one ride
EDIT : trailofdestruction - is that hole in the wall the "hole in the wall" trail at Grizedale?
Indeed, keeps you on your toes. Me likey.
After being at the Fujimi MTB Park in Japan the week before this weekend was a little bit of an anti-climax, did go out and test my new Widgit chain ring up some mountain as I just went to 1x10, result = I need to work on my leg muscles....
The reward though was a nice bacon and egg bap at the other side, needed it to give me the energy to 'hike a bike' back up, not easy when the temperature hits 30 and theres 90% humidity!
Did Bowderdale Classic on Saturday. Weirdly, enjoyed it less than I thought I would - up to the Calf was fine, but the 'best natural singletrack descent in the country' not feeling quite as fine as expected, washed out in a few spots, still boggy and muddy in places, perhaps I was expecting too much. Bit of wandering around a featureless field and abuse from motorist too.
It's possible that it being the fifth ride in seven days and feeling just a little too knackered was the source of my negativity.
Little bit of local exploration by bike on Saturday. Very pleasant.
Kid had a footy tournament on Sunday
(knocked out in the semi-finals )
Spent Sunday at Wharncliffe. Last time I saw it as dry I fell off and bust my shoulder
FoD/Yat - 55ks of superb trails with nearly 20 (TWENTY - unheard of numbers, although mate's birthday and Cake had been promised in the pub afterwards...) riders. I love those trails - some build by the boys and girls from Dirt Mag - and they are in uber-buff condition.
Finish ride, collect cold beer, eat grilled dead pig of the BBQ. Worse thing about this weekend was it finished on Sunday night and I had to come to work
Some great pics up there ^^^ I forgot to take any.
Nowt this weekend due to having man flu, so sat about all weekend and watched loads of rugby whilst feeling poo. Also grumpy because my new frame hadn't arrived in the county to pick up on Saturday.
Decided to ride the local Wirral Way on Saturday, dodging prams, scallies, dogs on the cycle path in Seacombe.
Then on Sunday left a little late for a trip to Llandegla.
Just need to wash the bike ready for a few midweek rides planned.
Went to the world cup event at Fort William is was awesome excellent riders and weather was fantastic.
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