QECP pretty good . Did 3 back to back laps of the red on sat afto. All sub 45 mins which im pleased about as my off road mojo had been lacking. Some parts are still a slippy chalk surface but they are minimal. Roots are grippy , as is all of the ‘built’ sections.
Was fairly busy with riders enjoying the park. Blue trail will be open in the coming months too.
44miles on the road today , including the climb out of Harting up to the SDW which was nice.Posted 3 years ago
First ‘epic‘ of the year on Sunday… 42 miles taking in QE, some of the SDW, and Kingley Vale. What glorious weather – and fantastic dry conditions pretty much everywhere. We stopped for brunch in QE, had beer and ice-cream in Buriton, and a cream-tea and cake at Compton tea-rooms. It feels like summer already!Posted 3 years agobrassneckSubscriber
Well, the roads around the upper reaches of the Test are a mess. Seems the floods and frost has ruined them. Nice couple of hours earlier, though. Looking like the waters are subsiding as well.
Currently playing ‘spot the Di2 purchaser’ – they are all carrying their bikes through Upton 🙂
Going to be a week or three before it’s just puddles rather than river, it’s passable but what you can’t see is the issue.
The trails are drying out rather better – bit of sun and the first thirst of spring for the plants seems to be working its magic.Posted 3 years agobikebouyMember
Great weekends riding in the Downs at the weekend, 3 solid days of hard roadie’ing bouncing over the Hills over my way. Some lanes are still a running waterfest (Dundridge, Lower Upham, Owlesbury) but ridable with a couple of hub deep patches. The tarmac on the single lanes has certainly taken a beating with some massive pot holes which I suspect will still be there in October so watch out.
I’ve not ventured into the singletrack yet, just after Xmas in the gales was the last time I hacked the woods, but from what I’ve seen from the roads it looks like for the most part it’s drying up nicely.
Beer’s on Sat eve with roadie mates at The Hampshire Bowman was utterly Ace, glad to be back home amongst normal people… 😀Posted 3 years ago
Well, out on the cx again and got pelted by hailstones followed by thunder followed by rain. Bloomin’ Gore Windstopper gloves decided not to keep my hands warm, my feet got a soaking from a road under water so then started to feel chilly.
On the positive side, car drivers were extremely courteous so perhaps they felt sorry for me. 🙂
Gawd knows when I’ll ride off road again. 😐Posted 3 years ago
Wouldn’t miss this time in his life for the world CG, he is such fun at the moment and the 2 hrs stood in a field every Sunday is actually quite nice. The dangerous thing is that I have the rugby bug and keep thinking I would like to get into it again. In reality I have a feeling it would hurt, a lot!Posted 3 years agoHarrison the handpuppetMember
Had one of those rides this morning at QE mechanical’s galore and that wind at bit of chill in it Brrrrr. Also coming in to the switchbacks some kind sole had decided to put a branch in the middle of the first berm, as I moved it a shifty looking old couple was walking away they must have heard me say “that was a long way for that Yew branch to have blown”Posted 3 years ago
Let’s hope your suspicions were not correct 🙂
I have had two near misses with living creatures at the top of the final decent on my last two visits. Last week it was a deer charging across in front of me and then this week two people stood in the middle of the trail just before the first berm. Felt a bit bad as I didn’t see them in time and whizzed by with a vague shout of hi, stopped when I could to see if they were ok and all looked fine. Still wondering now if they might have needed help, apologies for my ignorance at the time if you are reading this.Posted 3 years ago
I was doing a MIAS course this weekend (so we can take schoolkids mountain biking)… Saturday at QE, which was OK after the rain, and today up at Farley Mount near Winchester… it’s first time I’ve been to Farley Mount… some fun riding, but it seems hard to fine a good route that doesn’t keep hitting roads. A great view from the top, though.Posted 3 years ago
I believe there ‘may be’ some cheeky stuff in Farley Mount. Bear in mind that’s it’s chalk! There was talk some time ago of building official trails and am sure there’s folk on here that can explain what’s happened or not happened.
In the past I’ve taken the byway from Farley Mount that leads to Berrydown Farm and from there I’ve gone past the rather remote Farley Church. Fast descent through Parnholt Wood that will take you to KS.
Another option is to use the byway through the wood in a N direction, L then R towards Folly Farm. You can make a loop through the woods behind Crawley.
Haven’t used these tracks for a couple of years so can’t comment on conditions.Posted 3 years ago
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