- Goldtec Rough Ride today – Hell of the North Staffs!
I did this event today for the first time, 55 miles of bridleways, singletrack, footpaths, swamps, mudpits and backroads around a huge area of North Staffordshire today and I think this photo about sums it up:
Or maybe this one would be more accurate…
There were homemade cake stops en route and a good mix of CX bikes vs MTBs (fortunately the MTBs unofficially took it in the end just about!)
Anyway, I thought i’d give a shout out on here for a great local event, with a good route and mix of terrain, amazing signage (I think I heard them mention that they put out 300(!) arrows yesterday) and great organisation/support/cake stops. I think it’s the type of event a lot of people on here would really like, it just needs a bit more publicity for next year.
Here is the route for anyone interested: http://www.strava.com/activities/90253942
And here is the club page to keep an eye out for next years ride:Posted 4 years ago
The field of shit was still there, although it was much better than previous years as the warm weather has obviously made the new grass grow a lot quicker. Slow going though. I was actually wishing I had a cyclocross bike half way ground. I’ve lived in Staffordshire all my life but this event is still a great way to see parts I’ve never seen before. I have a feeling this years number of participants may nail the coffin shut on the future of this event. Shame. If it wasn’t for small bike clubs organising events we’d have a very monotonous event calendar.Posted 4 years ago
I like to ride a bit warm, reminds me of summer! Round here it’s often best to stay covered up all year to help fend off the relentless brambles, bracken and nettles.
There was a section of slow muddy fields containing cows but they weren’t especially shitty luckily.
I rode it on a full susser (mostly locked out though) and was happy with that choice. The only time I wished for a cx bike was on a muddy back lane where my wheels kept jamming up with mud. We even passed the lead two cx bikes on the final (mostly road) section after they sneaked past while I was busy ploughing my way through four(!) cakes at the final feed.Posted 4 years ago
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