Whitwick / Coalville / NW Leicestershire Riders
Not that I quite made the ride, but it was good to bump into a few peeps above 🙂
The young un told me off for going up the road on mountain bikes when we passed the car park – she really wasn’t amused 😀
Told her she’d moan a lot more at the rocks and mud through the woods, but it fell on deaf ears.
Hope you had a good ride.Posted 4 years ago
Well tonight saw the inaugural NWL Riders Club (just made that up – shit innit!).
Me, dannyh, fathomer and alanl met and minced around the Cademan Woods area for a couple of hours…bumped into twonks. Torn to threads by brambles but nice pint in the local helped.
Good to meet a few bods off here – tidy bunch – hope to make it a regular thing same time every week.
If you fancy coming along use this thread to announce your arrival.
CheersPosted 4 years ago
I was too late to meet up unfortunately but came along anyway when I could. i didn’t bump into you (unless you were aged about 14 and riding scooters and dirt bikes… I didn’t stop to ask…) but will be up for other rides in future so i’ll bookmark the thread. Some good trails around there. And plenty of evil muddy overgrown ones!Posted 4 years ago
The inaugural NWL Riders Club Wednesday night ride was a success – very enjoyable and a few tracks that I didn’t know existed. Indeed one that has quite a nasty drop of to the left!
I am definitely not available next wednesday as I am away on hols, but I’m up for the week after – assuming work doesn’t get in the way.
The idea would hopefully be to get a standard Wednesday evening ride going – we could then agree a consistent meeting place and time, and just take it from there.
Come on everyone – this club will be like the communist party in soviet russia – if your membership number is in single figures you will attain god-like status when world domination is complete. Or perhaps not!
We rode for just shy of a couple of hours last night, and came nowhere near to doing all the trails in the area – so there is easily enough good stuff for a regular evening ride.
See you in a couple of weeks.Posted 4 years ago
Sorry for my long absence from the thread guy’s, I have been on holiday with no access to the internets.
I was absolutely delighted to log on just now and see that this thread has resulted in the formation of the NWLRC.
Glad you had a good blast, I’m really surprised at the amount of peds in the woods, I have never ever come across one which is crazy.
I should be available for future meets.
Nice one!Posted 4 years ago
Im going to try my best to get out tomorrow. Managed to pull in 10 miles tonight and after being out of the saddle for over 2 weeks I felt it 🙂
Just out of interest what type of riding do people usually prefer? I usually ride xc with some trail riding mixed in.
I imagine you guys ride fs? I only have a ht at the moment so you may have to wait for me at the bottom of grace dieu woods whilst I amble down 😆Posted 4 years ago
Have a good ride this evening folks. I’m a 90% for next week. In Cornwall at present, so no-go this evening.
I’ll get the lights charged up for next Wednesday evening. Scandal, the inaugural ride featured three hardtails and one full-ie, so no need to worry about bike choice.
Last week involved ratting around in Cademan and Gracedieu woods with a pop out to ride the path around Whitlock quarry down to the Copt Oak road out of Whitwick. Nothing crazy, but no head-down XC hacking either, just a nicely rounded play-ride!
Future weeks may well include the Monastery track down to the reservoir and, perhaps Bardon as well, but you guys are in the driving seat this week, so whatever suggests itself.
Make sure you pop in to the Rag and Mop, though!Posted 4 years ago
Hey Daniel – how’s Cornwall?
Yep – good ride last night.
4 again – me, Scandal, daftdom, and Steve (sorry – forgot your username! – muddyfool?).
Usual run from the top – got split quite early though and didn’t see each other til we bumped into each other at the pub! Loads of other locals about so was shown some cracking little runs I never knew were there so that was a bonus.
Deffo won’t be long before lights required though as gets gloomy in them there woods.
Steve has some super-dooper Chinese cree lights on the way so if they’re any good I’ll be getting some too 1200 lumens for £20 – ridiculous!
That’s 7 different riders in 2 outings – good if we could all make it next week and add a few more – c’mon people. A few of the other riders might tag along too so might be a bit of a gathering next week.
Same time, same place next Weds…cheersPosted 4 years ago
Despite the logistical issue last night it was still good to get out and meet a few new riders. I should have a mate joining us next week so that’s another one to add to the growing list of members.
I already have one of these and will be buying another set today, they are simply blinding (pun intended) for the money,
I was thinking yesterday that if we got a steady group going we could also organise some group rides at centres further away, wales etc.
Cheers ladsPosted 4 years ago
Nice one for keeping the ride going.
Those lights are great. I use one on my lid. Quite spotty in beam terms, but very bright and focused light.
I had a 3 x Cree equivalent, but had some issues as the build was quite tinny compared to the single led. I eventually burnt the light unit out trying to do a controlled battery discharge in my kitchen!
I now have an mtbbatteries lumenator. A bit pricier than the amazon ones, but not as expensive as the very similar magicshine m880.
Well up for next week.
Also away days, I’d be more than glad to show anyone my fave routes in the peaks and long mynd.
Perhaps a Saturday or Sunday in September or October.Posted 4 years agofathomerSubscriber
Yeah, nice one keeping it going, I was gutted I couldn’t get out last night!
I’m going to order some lights before next week, it’ll have to be an early birthday present, but I’m looking at the Lumenator which I’ll run on the helmet.
See you all Wednesday baring no work disasters again!Posted 4 years ago
Yeah, good ride last night all! (Ok technically two separate good rides!)
The light arrived today and it is definitely bright. It appears to be exactly the same as the one scandal posted although I paid a whole extra £3.21 from here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007WAAO70
As mentioned above it does have a fairly narrow beam so will have to see what it’s like, but if its ok I’ll probably get another one for bar/helmet use before it gets properly dark. Not sure how reliable it’ll be either so probably worth having an extra for backup.
Anyway, was good to meet you all and the riding was great. I should be along next week too and could also be interested in trips further afield too sometime – long mynd definitely sounded interesting.As long as you don’t mind having to wait for me to catch up occasionally, that is! 🙂Posted 4 years ago
You wouldn’t be on your own straggling on long mynd!
Historically, I’ve started the ride either climbing out of carding mill valley or The Batch.
Both are long and steep in places. I have managed to ride up all of The Batch until the really steep scramble at the end. Only to be confronted by the less steep, but grassy and 95% cert to be into a headwind climb onto the ridge proper. Burned.
In a way I prefer the climbs in the Peaks as they have more technical interest, tend to be a bit more sheltered, and they don’t egg you on by seeming do-able when they get really serious!
Many peaks climbs just prompt my inner voice to say “no chance, sunshine, save your legs and walk”!
But some people have cleaned Jacob’s as a climb! Literally unbelievable. I’ve stood at the bottom numerous times and been absolutely mystified as to how you could ride up that, even if you were inhumanly fit.Posted 4 years ago
Me and my mate did a 55k marathon over Long Mynd last month, was awesome but the climbs are full of false horizons, which when it’s blistering sunshine with not a tree in sight can be hard work 🙂
I wouldn’t mind going back there, plus the Peaks sound good, unbelievably I have never ridden there.
As I was saying to the lads last night I have some unfinished business with the Penmachno in Betws-y-Coed after getting caught out in the most horrendous weather last time.Posted 4 years ago
You’ll have me for breakfast, then!
I did a 29 mile route there last year. Five times up onto the ridge and back down.
It ended with my legs so cramped that I couldn’t get onto the bike and feet into pedals without jumping off and hobbling around like C3PO.
It was one of the few times I’ve been glad to end a ride. My legs cramped up so badly driving home that I had to stop on the hard shoulder of the M54.Posted 4 years agohidetherumMember
Hi Rascal and all,Posted 4 years ago
Glad to hear you’re enjoying the woods.
I’d like to join you one a Wednesday night soon, if that’s OK? I’ve been riding the woods since 2004. I’m nursing the after effects of a broken wrist at the mo, but should be back on the bike pretty soon.
I’ll pop along and say hello, if I can this week.
I’m based off Hall Lane, Whitwick.
Unfortunately I am nursing a hangover after a 12 pint epic yesterday at the T20 slogging finals! Otherwise a rattle around Swithy might have appealed.
My personal favourite moment was some bloke dressed as Darth Vader stand up to chant something and getting his pint absolutely totalled by a beach ball, soaking him from the chest down.Posted 4 years ago
Who’s in for this Wednesday, then?
I’ll be there. Usual time, usual place.
I’m feeling a bit podgy after a fortnight off the bike boozing and eating, so it’s an absolute must for me this week!
I will be puffing, panting and, above all, sweating my way around the riding spots of NWL again.Posted 4 years ago
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