Now that the new trails are in and runnning nicely I think it's time we had another one!
Need someone to 'guide' the slower group, although it's signposted, so it's more hearding cats than boy scout navigation this time. Fast group can be lead by committie, diving off into the bushes occasionaly if soneone knows a good bit of singletrack.
Summary 9:00, near the start of the Blue for about 3 hours followed by cake.
Here's the motely cru that turned up for a previous one, surrounded by stange white dusy trails, I'm un-reliably informed that the trails will be bone dry and dusty, the sky will be blue and the temperature a perfect mid 20's.
The rest of the text is plagerised from Phill's original threads of yesteryear.
WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?
Who wants to join us for a chilled not so serious not too fast ride? A ride that is completely devoid of mad skilz, big air and judgement, an afternoon of getting muddy in Swinley...
Equally who wants to meet up with some of the weirdos from this forum and blast through the single track like a scolded yeti?
When : 9:30am start, unless you're planning on being late, in which case 9:00 am for a 9:30 start. Later and I think we'd struggle with parking as it gets busy.
Who's welcome : everybody
Where: Meet up at the gate opposite the start to the blue (not the go-ape gate like previously).
Why: Because we can.
Thinking of 2 groups, maybe more if there's loads of us.
"The It's not how fast you ride its how much fun you're having (but secretly jealous of the extra confident healthy people) Team" lap of the blue and red, about 13 miles.
"The A-Team", a group of riders so fast and AWESOME that it would be mean and nasty to make them wait for the slower riders.....Probably not much quicker than the slow group but taking every oppertunity to some extra bits and re-riding sections, which means the pace might be a bit quicker. As it's now all signposted it's easy enough to wait and regroup at the end of sections so people can ride at their own pace. Probably arround 18-20 miles.
If less than 15-20 turn up then we can all head out in one group and follow a random rider around for the ride, sticking close enough to worry them but when they turn around we can all turn away and whistle like we're not up to nuffink
Meet up back at the Cafe about 2.5 to 3 hours later for cake, harribo, coffee and comparing scars.
ARE THERE ANY RULES?
Rules? Wouldn't that ruin the spirit of such a friendly chilled ride? Well yes it would if it was all taken too seriously, however there are some pointers that are worth getting out of the way now, fingers crossed they don't come across as super-strict rules.. more pieces of advice to make your ride and everyone else's that little bit more enjoyable.
1) Bring your own spares,
2) Bring your own camelback/water,
3) Wear a helmet if you've got one or do your own risk assessment and dont,
4) Bring your own mid-ride snacks, dont want any "bonking" now do we
5) Route will be decided upon the day by the "leaders" of each group and will be dependent on any trail closures/conditions...
6) If LOTS of people turn up then we might need to break up into more than 2 groups, best to decide this on the day.
7) Lycra will not be judged, relax! (silent judgement may take place)
8 ) We ride at the pace of the slowest rider in each group, or we ride at our own pace and wait at the top of the next hill/section/junction for others to catch up.
9) No pressure on anyone to do things they are not happy with as it's all about having fun! Walking certain sections/hills will not be frowned upon.
10) Due to potentially large numbers of riders, please don't bring your dogs as chances are someone will ride into them whilst distracted by their awesomeness...
I dont really feel the need to tell people to be considerate, so I'll just say that people are people and will do what they want, but in the spirit of a super-welcoming-ride if people do want to smoke/drink/turn up naked then I'd respectfully ask that people are considerate of those that might be put out by it, and for non-smokers to not make the poor nicotine starved feel guilty with disapproving looks etc.
DOESN'T SWINLEY REQUIRE A PERMIT TO RIDE?
NO! But you do have to pay for parking (which is more than the permit used to be)
WHATS THE PLAN FOR FOOD? I'M HUNGRY, MAKE ME A PIE!!
Those who survive the morning are all invited to a post ride feast in the cafe.
Seating is outside so maybe throw an extra layer in your car for when we get back, and feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks for the feast if you want to save money or treat the group to your own flapjack/cake creations.
Please make sure you eat properly in the morning before the ride too!
SO, ARE YOU UP FOR IT?
If you're planning on joining in then register your interest on this thread, I will give out my mobile number to those requesting it via email nearer the time.
Feel free to invite your regular riding buddies along to it.
This is going to be fun
As this ride is simply a casual ride organised by a group of friends based in a magical digital world, we are not members of any association or federation and therefore are not covered by any insurance.
By the very nature of the sport all-terrain biking does have a degree of RISK and we ask all those who join us to take this into consideration .
I cannot accept any liability or responsibility for any incidents which may occur during this ride and suggest that those who are new to the sport ensure they are prepared for the inevitable, puncture, mechanical,rain shower and odd tumble or two.
It is recommended that your mobile phone has an entry titled "EMERGENCY" or "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) with a contact number of someone you'd like contacted if something goes wrong... which we hope we will never have to use.