- MTB Dales Tandem Weekend
It looks like me and the missus will be able to pick up our Ventana ECDM by then, so hopefully see you there
oooh, you’ll love it. Our ECdM was a complete revelation, both downhill, and especially uphill. You’ll find yourself pedalling through stuff you used to stall on. After 5 years we still haven’t found it’s limits.
And the collective noun? A stampede? A thundering?
Or, a tsunami of tandems?
Gutted we can’t be there.
Rob & SandyPosted 5 years ago
Last night was our first tandem night ride. omg! Very exciting in the dark, also we got a tad wet when the rain came in half way through.
One refusal on a climb, so we went back down and tried again.
nbt’s light went out on the last climb, so he was relying on a helmet torch.
We got home safely and in one piece 2 hours later, sadly too wet to visit the usual ‘local pub after night ride stop’.
Much fun, however it would be great on a summers evening on dry trails.
Is anyone else booked in the weekend?Posted 5 years agoMacgyverMember
Alas we can’t be there as the Mrs has to work that weekend and hasn’t been able to swap shifts. 🙁
I’ll second Tandemwarriors comments about a ECdM. They are brilliant bits of kit. Sooo capable at climbing and amazingly stable down stupid steep stuff. Apart from a set of steak knives it’s the only wedding present that I can remember receiving!
Oh, and I find we can still ninja into a pub despite filty conditions. As the pilot has the dirty front and the stoker the dirty back you just have to walk in close together with the stoker up front and hey presto the worst of the dirt is hidden between you 😉
MacgyverPosted 5 years agoboxelderSubscriber
Hmmmmmm. How long/hard will the ride be (route in mind?). Tempted to come out with the young un (boxyounger?), but at 8, he’s not going to be powering up Fremington Edge. Fully rigid tandem too – but it’s quite bright orange (and my only memorable wedding present too)Posted 5 years ago
I think we’re up to at least five tandems. There’s still room for more. Stu from Dales is going to start letting rooms/bunks out to non-tandemists shortly though, so if you want a space saving, then tell Stu.
We’re going to try to get some good local knowledge ready for some sensible routes. And I can’t imagine that that pace will be that high 😉Posted 5 years ago
Packing tonight – night ride tomorrow and band practice on Thursday (should have been tonight but was rearranged to Thursday so the bassist ad singer could watch a bloody football match!)
On Friday Ihave to load the tandem into the car before heading off to work, I’ll be picked up mid afternoon then we can get past leeds before it goes mental and be up to the Dales MTB centre in time to eat at a reasonable hourPosted 5 years ago
Saturday night, Stu is offering food. Here’s what he says is on the menu:
Vegatarian Cobbler served with seasonal veg and crusty bread
Sticky chocolate pudding and ice cream (stunningly good)
£12 per head
(bring yer own bottle)
At the moment we still have a 4 bed room spare we’ve had an enquiry so I’ll pursue that, although it would be great to fill the spot with Tandems.”
Sound good? And there’s still room for a couple more tandems. We might be up to eight…
See you Friday night at some point. I don’t think there’s food on for Friday, but there are always pubsPosted 5 years ago
Pub on Friday for food for us then. will pick up a couple of bottles of beer too just in case 😉
My mate should be delivering a crate of St Peters Ale tomorrow. Anyone want half a crate for a fiver? Slightly past the “BEST BEFORE” date so the crate only costs me a tenner. Half a crate is six bottles which is more than enough for me in a weekendPosted 5 years ago
What a brilliant day. Blue skies, not much wind, excellent company. 7 tandems and a couple of solos tagging along to open the gates and so on. Some excellent trails, some very challenging (off camber and very muddy), bloody great fun all round
More pics in the set herePosted 5 years ago
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