We cycle in a section of woods where in the last 3 months, someone has hung themselves, a dog with fatal shotgun wounds to the head has been found and a reported flasher has been sighted, still won’t give up the weekly night ride though although there are usually two or three of us that go out together.Posted 5 years ago
We have been doing it for nearly 2 years now, actually prefer it to riding in the day, much more exhilarating. I will also vouch for not wearing a head torch mounted on the top of the skid lid, I hit a branch at speed, nearly ripped my head off. 😕richmtbSubscriber
I’m just about to start venturing back out after sorting out my lights
I do most of my night riding alone. In the local woods I can generally keep “the fear” at bay. If i go further a field like out to a properly big forest I really do shit myself.
There is just something totally primal about being alone in the dark outside. Humans aren’t nocturnal and your body and mind seem to want to fight against it.
The logical bit of your mind knows the forest is empty because you are the only person within 5 square mile stupid enough to be farting about on a mountain bike in the dark. The rest of your mind thinks there’s an axe mudering wereeolf vampire behind every tree.
It is however an absolute buzz and if you can keep your head on riding your bike, really good fun. There has been a few times where I’ve just thought “**** the second lap I’m going back to the car” though!Posted 5 years agomr potatoheadMember
Its great fun , the wierd thing at first is that because the lights are so strong even the smallest drop looks like it might be huge due to the shadow caused. As said before ride trails you know. You do get odd stuff. like if its foggy your shadow will projected onto the fog by someone behind you … kinda spookyPosted 5 years agohockMember
Wednesday night ride tonight. Half-way through helicopter seems to hover above us, flying circles, back with us for at least 10 minutes. We start joking about us wood vandals now being chased by the troops.
Towards the end of the ride on a narrow lane police car approaching, flashing lights.Posted 5 years ago
“Good evening officer.”
“Where does you lot come from at this time of day?”
“Uhm… the woods. Over there. Anything wrong with…”
“Did you see 2 young guys, black and olive clothes, eastern-european accent.”
“Wait a minute, is that why the helicopter…?”
All of the above…
+ beware the moon, keep off the moor…
If you meet a load of panic stricken squadies your screwed…
Or see trees flattened by something huge coming towards you…
Pedal like crazy!
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