Monday Morning Debrief 42 – In praise of Autumn
A very slidy ride round Thrunton! The last natural riding we did was the very dry trails of Spain – the wet loamy slimy tricky tree roots was a shock! After a bit of accepting that our tyres weren’t awful and our mate getting the feel of riding his Surly fat bike on technical stuff, we really enjoyed it 😀 Wet, windy, wild, wonderful autumn riding…Posted 4 years agobikebouyMember
Saturday came and went without a turn of the peddles (glasses buying, took most of the day) then went for late supper… Spent loads of money too… 😉Posted 4 years ago
Sunday went for a 10k trail run around and down the towpath on the South Thames trail, TBH most of it was paved but covered in a mix of sand and mud and uneven paving slabs so at least I got some wibble wobble out of it. Then found a superb French restaurant in Long Acre (that I shall go to again) and ate a late Lunch, bought some more clothes and stuff then watched the “radz/gnarrr/Yo!” dudes in the RedBull Rampage.. which I enjoyed.
All in all it was a very quiet weekend in the Bouy houshold.bullroarSubscriber
Saturday out the tent and on the bikes before 9. Pleasant pedal up Langstrath Valley in glorious weather with the whole valley to ourselves. Pushed up to the top of Stake Pass then round to Angle Tarn with no one in sight and the ground surprisingly dry. At the Tarn we got tangled up with about 400 fell runners who kept us company on the push up to Esk Hause.
Lunch and fine views at the shelter and the fun began. Long rocky descent to Sty Head (rode most of it bar the odd step). Push through the boulder field after the tarn and then the long, rocky and now steep descent down to Stockley Bridge. Right good value. Up the road to Seatoller and onto the “Bash” bridleway for more rocky goodness down to Grange. Back to tent at Rosthwaite on the road with an excursion to the Bowderstone. Packed up the tent and drove home for 10 pm. Excellent day out.Posted 4 years agosherbSubscriber
Saturday was a group ride around nidderdale-reservoirs and having organised a month in advance we couldnt move it in favour of better weather. Having agreed a 09:30 start from Wath (nr Pateley Bridge), one of the cars en-route seemed to have arrived at Wath (nr Ripon) instead, so we did what any caring mtb’er would do and set off without them. On the road just before middlesmoor a mechanical claimed one of our group and he opted to trundle back on the road. The walled track after middlesmoor was a joyous climb in cloud and rain to a summit that most of us had begun to think did not exist. The descent however made it all worthwhile!! After quick food stop on the reservoir wall it was back up the other side and an extended traverse back towards the final fantastic Ramsgill descent, Kudos to Steve Cockerham who holds the KOM on strava for that piece, I expect to improve my time there next trip but seriously question I can get anywhere near his time on that piece. Overall, wet windy cloudy foggy cold muddy slippy 21 miles of brilliant ridingPosted 4 years agoneepshedMember
Saturday was a quick blast around Kirkhill on the outskirts of Aberdeen. Sunday was a couple of hours around Bennachie with a mate. Marchburn trail had plenty of slippy tree roots which caused me a couple of spills. But still great to be alive! 😀 Oh yeah…I love my YETI!Posted 4 years agoSannySubscriber
Loch Bhac circuit from Pitlochry yesterday on the Fat Bike. Blue skies and sunshine. To take full advantage of the weather,we then headed up Carn a Chlamain in Glen Tilt (in a fierce headwind) for the really rather good Stalkers Path Descent. The best part of 50 miles and over 5 thousand feet of climbing. Definitely less autumnal than we were expecting – more ride of the fallen leaf than falling leaves. Very much enjoying the lateness of autumn this year.Posted 4 years agopeakrillMember
Never mind Autumn, Winter is upon us – first Dark andPosted 4 years ago
WetWhite of the Winter Series yesterday around Hayfield. A great day – not the highestest of scores but I am not known as Captain Slow for nothing. A constant rain on Saturday ensured that conditions were “perfect” 🙂BenjiMMember
I did my first Dark and White yesterday and quite enjoyed it having not ridden in the Peak before. Think I might need to stock up on drivetrain spares and brake pads if I’m going to do the entire series! I was surprised we didnt’t get rained on seeing how much it was threatening!Posted 4 years agoPz_SteveSubscriber
A corneal ulcer and the eye hospital telling me “no contact lenses for 8 weeks” had me looking 👿 in more than one way. Not sure how mountain-biking in glasses is going to go, but I guess I’m going to find out. Think I might get some science-teacher safety glasses to keep the worst of the grit off my specs.
Otherwise, looking forward to autumn colours and the start of night riding..Posted 4 years agoscudMember
35 mile 6 hour muddy slog club ride with the guys from BOB MTB club, first real wet and muddy ride of the autumn, great fun and took a while to get the old eye when it came to muddy turns, traction and wet roots. Had a big smile on my face for most of the ride despite ripping gore-tex jacket and my BB making some strange sounds after it’s umpteenth puddle.Posted 4 years agomiketuallySubscriber
My wife and kids were away for the weekend, so I headed out in the grey mizzly drizzle on my cross bike. Rode up to Hamsterley and down a few of the ‘new’ red singletrack, then rode home again.
Great fun, despite the gloom. It was actually quite nice down in Hamsterley’s little valley, so the fogginess must have been a Teesdale thing.
In the spring, I really need to try to remember than I can get up there, do a ride and then be back home in about 4 hours.Posted 4 years agosingletrackmindMember
61 miles around the lanes of south hampshire on saturday. Left the house at 11am and out onto drying roads. Everywhere pretty quiet and very few riders out.- Havant , Stoughton, East Marden, South Harting , Buriton , East and West Meon , Corhampton , Droxfrod , Hambledon Purbrook and home . No rain and sunshine mostly . Was positively warm by 3pm when I arrived home. Sub 4hrs so happy enoughPosted 4 years agomaxtorqueMember
A terrific local ride, where traction and conditions were perfect! And i managed to “gap/bunnyhop” a bit of the trail i’ve always chickened out on before (approx 3foot across square edged “ditch”) Was so surprised to have cleared it, i then carried too much speed into the next corner and took a little lay down…….. 😉Posted 4 years agoEuroMember
First solo ride at a trail centre (Davagh)for me and it was kinda weird. Car to skills loop to pump track to red run to skills loop to pumptrack to car. No stops or anything! I did have a yarn with a couple of boys at the bottom of the rock feature, but other than that, it was all business. Saw a field full of bright orange sheep and a beautiful big eagley type bird feasting on a rabbit on the way home. Very 8)Posted 4 years agooxym0r0nSubscriber
Bit of a bumper last week for me…
Wednesday night Quantock ride:
Friday Haldon blue with my girls:
Saturday on the Mendips:Posted 4 years ago
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