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  • Premier Icon fathomer
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    I’m over at Cannock tomorrow as well with the wife in tow. I’ll keep an eye out for you both 😀

    Premier Icon danrandon
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    sound almost like an unofficial meet up anyone else there?

    dannyh
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    I’ll be indulging in the ‘utter shitfest’ around the local area tomorrow morning – can’t really make Cannock, ride and back.

    Enjoy yourselves – with the thousand other MTB riders who are likely to be there as well!

    Remember a mile ridden in winter is worth two in the summer…………

    Premier Icon scandal42
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    I think the key is to start fairly early. The forecast from 12 is looks a bit brutal.

    Have a good ride chaps

    Premier Icon danrandon
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    Well cannock was not that bad mud wise. Some puddles as to be expected but overall fairly unmessy. Had a great ride. 2 laps of the dog and 1 of the monkey with coffee and cake inbetweeners.

    Funny moment of the day: blowing my front tyre of the rim on the last rock of rock and rollers on my last lap of the day. Perfect timing for a flat with just a couple of hundred yards to push the bike to the car.

    Premier Icon schmiken
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    Lucky sod, everything round here is just a bog 🙁

    dannyh
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    Yes, I can confirm that the local trails are a bit moist. Ok with a bit of ‘this is good exercise slogging up/along/through this track that takes a quarter of this effort in the summer’ attitude, though.

    It also keeps walkers to a minimum, so swings and roundabouts really. Cademan was fun yesterday, the wheels were rarely pointing in the same direction and some ‘body english’ was required to keep it rubber side down in places. Needless to say I felt on quite good form yesterday, if it had been an ‘off’ day I would now be complaining about the state of the place!

    Anyway, look on the bright side, still light at 5-15pm now. Nearly summer again…….

    Anyone up for Wednesday evening?

    Premier Icon danrandon
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    Any of you guys and girls ride at hicks lodge on Thursday night?

    dannyh
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    Not to my knowledge. We try to do each Wednesday evening alternating between my neck of the woods (Woodhouse eaves) and the ride’s spiritual home (Whitwick).

    We meet at 7pm and ride for 2 to 2.5 hours finishing with a pint.

    Nothing super-serious, but not just tootling along lanes and field edges either (although these are a necessary evil as NW Leics is not exactly the Lake District!)

    Generally speaking if there are two or more people interested, then a ride happens.

    If you want to come along, then keep an eye on this thread and let us know.

    Premier Icon Blackhound
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    Could anybody send me a gpx (email in profile) of any of the rides in the Whitwick area? I live in Derby and tend to ride in the day as I am retired.

    I ride to Hicks Lodge and back sometimes often via Breedon and Rough Park and Repton Shrubs. I see Breedon is only ~4 miles from Grace Dieu area and probably bits to do in those woods round there but don’t know where to go. Not been in the woods around GD, High Sharpely and Swithland in over 25 years and never on a bike so memory a bit hazy.

    From posts above may need to leave it a few weeks for water levels to reduce. Thanks.

    Premier Icon danrandon
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    Dannyh, I’d love to join in one evening. Only problem is making it on time, I work over in long eaton and sometimes don’t get out until 6:30 which is pushing it a little for time.

    Premier Icon danrandon
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    anyone riding tomorrow, if so where is the meeting place for this one.

    Just started snowing in coalville.

    dannyh
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    Right then – can I please set the meet for tomorrow evening?

    7pm Woodhouse Eaves Village car park.

    If anyone is interested, I will be there!

    Snow’s just melted in Coalville!

    dannyh
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    P.S. The weather for tomorrow evening looks vile, but we can call it ‘character-building’ if necessary.

    As above, if anyone wants to come, I will be there……..

    Premier Icon danrandon
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    sounds daft but where in the village is the car park

    dannyh
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    It is on Main St. I assume you’ll be coming from Coalville down from Beacon Hill towards the Bull’s Head?

    If so, turn right at the Bull’s Head onto main street. Drive about 300 yards and it is on your left opposite the doctor’s surgery. It’s not tricky to find, so you’ll be OK.

    Premier Icon danrandon
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    Cheers Danny, I’ll be coming from Loughborough as I work in long eaton and will be coming straight from work. I’ll see if i can get there in time.

    jez130
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    I’m still working in Dorchester so can’t make it again.

    dannyh
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    No worries Jez.

    It looks like being a ‘type two fun’ ride, but hey there you go.

    timba
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    If you’ll have a new, old MTBer, no gear and no idea, I’d like to join you.

    dannyh
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    Roll call for tonight, then.

    At present I think it is me, danrandon and timba.

    Meeting 7pm village car park woodhouse eaves.

    Danrandon and timba, if you are not going to make it for whatever reason, please post up here before 5-30pm. If I don’t hear otherwise I will be there at 7pm.

    Anyone else interested in a ride that you can tell future generations about? You know, the time when we rode into rain and sleet so hard it made your face bleed?

    Again, post up before 5-30pm if you are coming, please – I’d like to keep hanging around in a freezing car park to a minimum if poss.

    Premier Icon danrandon
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    Danny – major problems at home what with this bloody wind, i’ve got to go and batten down the hatches on several items which are now no longer attached to the house 🙁

    was so looking forward to it as well. Barsteward weather

    dannyh
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    Last night’s ride was just the two of us (timba and I).

    Weather-wise it was one of those rides that errs more towards an ‘experience’ than a ‘ride’ as such, but it was still great to be out in the great outdoors for a couple of hours. Great to be breathing fresh air (granted, that fresh air was mostly barrelling past at about 70mph).

    We only decided against one bit, where it didn’t look all that much fun to be pedalling on what is normally a nice flowy descent.

    Rounded off with a pint in the Curzon.

    See you (hopefully) next week – Scandal, give me a shout about the Peaks ride on the 23rd if you want to come and we can sort out some travel arrangements.

    rascal
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    Hats off to you Daniel – you a one hardy individual!

    I think I have become a bit of a fair-weather rider – that would explain my lack of biking activity over the last few pathetic months. I will be much more up for a crisp, crunchy-ground type of ride – sorting the bike and all the shit that goes with it is not appealing at the mo.
    Will be trying out Blaengarw this weekend as in S Wales anyway – hopefully go some way to getting my mojo back! 😳

    timba
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    Thanks for putting up with me Danny

    At least the wind noise covered the sounds made by the big cat/axe murderer that lurk in dark woods.

    Some statistics: 18.4 miles, a good evening and a pint

    Premier Icon scandal42
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    Really glad you boys made it out, great effort to keep it going chaps.

    Apologies for the absence, I have been working away for the last 3 days.

    Danny, Peaks all depends on me getting some miles under my belt before hand, obviously not been riding on a consistent basis recently and don’t want to be holding things up on an organised ride.

    dannyh
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    timba – no ‘putting up with’ required – always good to get out and about on the bike with some company rather than shitting myself every time a branch moves in the woods on my own.

    18.4 miles – are you sure about that? I think that may have been km or you might have left the satnav on for part of the drive home(!)

    I suspect it was more in the region of 10-12 miles, but good fun nonetheless.

    Scandal – you really don’t need to worry too much about fitness. The bloke who guides the rides does two ‘levels’ of ride – ‘Social’ and ‘Big’. The ride next Sunday is a ‘social’ – meaning that group solidarity and a social element is paramount.

    The ‘big’ rides are ones where cracking on to get it all done is more prominent, but I’ve managed some of those OK. Mind you I did nearly die on one climbing up onto the Long Mynd ride five times.

    You’ve got enough fitness to be fine on a social ride – so don’t worry.

    Premier Icon fathomer
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    Excellent work on keeping this going fellas. Hopefully I’ll get out again in the near future.

    timba
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    might have left the satnav on

    😳

    Some statistics: 10 miles, a good evening and a decent pint

    18.4 miles with my back wheel slippage, no grippage, (maybe) 😀

    Premier Icon scandal42
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    Right Dan, Im In

    Just purchased some army surplus waterproof trousers as I am quite sure they will be needed on the day the way things are going.

    I text you t’other week but not sure If I have the correct number, have you received anything from me? would be good to get a plan of action sorted.

    dannyh
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    Scandal.

    Good man. I’ll text you early in the week and well sort it. The ride starts in hayfield (which is a little further than Ladybower). We’ll need to be on t’road by 8am latest, whatever permutation of driver / car we choose.

    It’s a great route we’ll be riding. A lot of it is slightly off the well beaten track (some people think the dark peak is only Ladybower or Edale). There’s a couple of really fun descents that not many people know much about.

    dannyh
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    OK then folks – Wednesday is approaching rapidly (at a rate of about one hour per hour in case anyone was wondering).

    Against my temptation to set the meet for 600 yards from my house, shall we set the meet as:

    7pm Man Within Compass car park Whitwick.

    Look forward to seeing you there & then.

    Roll call tomorrow lunch/afternoon please as I don’t want to have to load the car up if no one else is bothering!

    Premier Icon scandal42
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    I’ll let you know now, I am 100% out.

    Belated Valentines meal with the missus 😐

    Still on for Sunday though Dan

    Premier Icon fatbob44
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    Hello all. After a weekend test ride I seem to have an almost fully functioning knee again so I will be out tomorrow.

    dannyh
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    Nice one Bob. See you there.

    Scandal. I’ll let Col know that you’re coming on Sunday as well.

    I haven’t got any texts from you, and I don’t have your number. If you put your house number on here, I know the street you live on! If I don’t speak to you before then, I’ll see you at your house at 7-45am on Sunday morning. If we’re on the road by five to eight we should be there in plenty of time. The ride starts at 10am, but we don’t want to be rushing.

    Have a look at theedgecycleworks.com and click on shop rides, the details are there. You can also link to the route guide and photos from there.

    Hopefully see some others tomorrow evening as well……

    jez130
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    Still in Dorchester. Only 8 days left. Yippie.

    timba
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    I’ll hopefully be there. Picked up a silly injury so I’ll see how the commute goes, I’ll confirm later

    Frankers
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    Without trawling though all your messages (sorry), what day & time do you guys usually ride?

    Premier Icon scandal42
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    Hi Frankers

    Our weekly meet is 7pm every Wednesday, we alternate between Whitwick and Woodhouse Eves.

    We also have the odd ‘away day’ or local ride at the weekend.

    Premier Icon danrandon
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    Scandal, I’m in for tonight bike is prepped and ready to go, getting the missus to drop me off.

    any idea of the route we are taking?

    Premier Icon scandal42
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    I am not sure of the exact route Dan has in mind,

    It may include the likes of the quarry / Bardon Hill / Blackbrook / Warren Hills etc.

    I can’t make tonight unfortunately.

    dannyh
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    I am not sure of the exact route Dan has in mind,

    It may include the likes of the quarry / Bardon Hill / Blackbrook / Warren Hills etc.

    Me neither! Actually that’s a bit of a lie – I have a pretty good idea where I’d like to go this evening – and it’s not exactly Dartmoor, so no danger of getting too lost(!) It’ll be the usual haunts, but I’m going to start with Cademan Wood as it has the best trails and I’d prefer to ride those whilst still fresh.

    Scandal – sorry if you haven’t read back up the page – stick you house number on here and I’ll see you there at 7-45am on Sunday (assuming we don’t communicate in any other way before then).

    Premier Icon scandal42
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    Oh yea 🙂

    45

    Premier Icon danrandon
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    Just remember guys i’m old, fat, unfit and dragging a buggered knee and ankle but i’ll do my best not to slow you down too much.

    timba
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    Definite for tonight. See you at 7

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