Monday morning debrief?
21 miles of various normal & cheeky round Haldon – first time riding off-road for almost six weeks after borking my knee – consequently took some very ‘interesting’ lines and swore at myself quite a bit between the laughter!Posted 4 years ago
Loads of deer up there early on too, which was nice.matt_outandaboutSubscriber
Well if no-one else will…Posted 4 years ago
Glentress with the gang and a new neighbours kid. Ace day, lots of kids riding round the place. Lots of ’awesome’ being shouted on each berm…
Only downer was new neighbours son using his head to stop his bike after loosing it on a small bend on lower Spooky Woods section…
Cue waiting for him to have awareness (10mins), proper vision (20mins) and balance (40mins) back … 😕 He did get back on and ride all afternoon, and is fine today… 😀
What did all you lot do?yunkiMember
I managed to shoehorn a couple of hours in on Saturday evening, mostly in the hope of finding a contribution for MTG’s weekly photo challenge..
Something prompted me to turn right as I left the house and head for Woodbury Common, too often I have turned left lately for a cruise along the coast instead..
It was the first proper off road outing for The Flying Satsuma and I was pleasantly surprised
I got a bit more than I bargained for on the way home though, getting myself royally lost down a maze of meandering farm lanes that I had never discovered before, right in my backyard.. 😀Posted 4 years agogeeMember
Rode the last round of the National XC series at Hadleigh Farm. Never ridden a course that needed so much concentration round the entire lap. If you get a chance to ride there, go. It’s amazing to race on – absolutely brutal with no rest and considerably hillier than it looked on TV, but amazing. I rode all the A lines but not particularly quickly. I thnk the challenge here is to ride it fast and not crash, rather than to ride it – only the rock garden needed any kind of line choice, the rest was all rollable, sort of. Unlike natural trails there is no run out on an obstacle if you get it a bit wrong. Get it wrong, even a teeny weeny bit, and you’re going to be in trouble.
GBPosted 4 years agocarlosgMember
I spent Saturday afternoon riding DH at Esholt , never been up there before and was pleasantly surprised. All the runs are quite short but theres loads of them. I also managed to ‘grow a pair’ and get off a 5′ drop for the first time in about 5 years.
Sunday was a family day.Posted 4 years agostewartcSubscriber
Managed to avoid the thunderstorms and get some local climbing in, sadly also managed to snap my chain at the same time (luckily my 11-speed powerlinks turned up the week before).Posted 4 years ago
Seems there are a few cases of XX1 chains giving up the ghost after only a few rides, maybe time to find an alternative chain to the SRAM one?
Managed to fix it and continue to enjoy the downhill bit of the Lo Fau Tau Trail.senor jSubscriber
Saturday – took my friend for a spin around Epping singletrack & was eaten alive whilst fettling a mechanical(his bike,10 horsefly bites each!).Posted 4 years ago
Sunday – Herts& Epping again & my first high speed off on a CX bike.Had to peel myself off the bedding this morning.ouch.
Whiplash today & alot of bruising down one side of my body. double ouch.ononeorangeSubscriber
Saturday – did the Trailbreak Woodcote 65k ride with Mrs O, was very proud of her determination and the speed that she came down some of the descents. Saturday night in the pub.
Sunday was painting windows day, then fixed up her Soul and tried to bleed her Hope Tech brakes – every one of the reservoir bolts were rounded out though – grrrrr – and the little blighters are flush so no idea how to get them out. Swearing at them didn’t work. Fixed my ripped tyres eventually, then went out for a little test pootle. Lovely.Posted 4 years ago
Martin – there are permisive bridleways which are like trail centre greens. The new trail is almost like a “skills” line, with up to three options on each “feature”. Perfect for the kids development. Other bits there are just chicken lines. It’s good fun.
They even have a dedicated car park for bikists and horsists. Warning the walkers to keep out!Posted 4 years agomaxtorqueMember
Excellent ice cream pic ^^^^^ 😉
I think i finally managed to find my riding mojo a bit on friday evening. Ever since breaking my wrist i’ve been a bit, well, probably tentative is the best word on my local trails, and as such have recently failed to flow down them. Bit weird, as i haven’t actively been thinking “ooh, don’t fall off you might break something” exactly, but never the less my riding has been stiff and one dimensional. Well, on Friday night i think i rocked! 😉 Back to hopping stuff, manualling dips, leaning the bike right over properly, etc. Felt pretty ace 😉Posted 4 years agofunkrodentSubscriber
Picked up new Norco Sight on Saturday and took it to Penmachno to see what it had to say for itself. Pleasantly surprised. Despite the fact that it was pissing down with rain and I was back on the trails for the first time since grazing pretty much the whole right side of my body after a comedy OTB above Edale, I quickly found some flow and a bit of speed. Stayed overnight at bunkhouse near to Llanberis. Got to pub too late for grub, so stocked up for the next morning’s assault on Snowdon with tea of 4xpints, 1xPeperami, 2xDry roasted Peanuts, 1xPork Scratchings and 1xSnickers. Did the trick as me and my mate got up (hard) and down (mental) Snowdon before the 10am cut off. Were going to do Rangers, but did Llanberis because visibility up top was practically zero. New bike thoroughly tested and passed with flying colours!Posted 4 years ago
On a side note, on our way up Snowdon we were passed by a guy on a Zesty coming down. Normal helmet, no pads/armour and absolutely flying. He stopped to warn us about the conditions up top (fog, cold) and shot off down the track. Later saw that he had posted 8th fastest time on Strava for bottom half of Llanberis descent. Nice guy and proper quick on a bike, was great to see 🙂
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