Whitwick / Coalville / NW Leicestershire Riders
Yes Danny, I took the dog up on a scouting mission this evening, there are 2 rather techy options off the very top, both look challenging but possible.
There is a particular run I would like to try off to the right hand side of the woods, however its a bit of a maze now so will do my best to remember it.
Rest that knee up AB, from experience it is better to be safe when it comes to that particularly delicate region.
Caught a glimpse Rascal, will make an effort to watch it on catchup as it looked interesting, I think.
See you tomorrowPosted 3 years ago
Good ride tonight folks, a bit stop-starty, but I contributed to that more than anyone else, so no complaints really.
Great condition, trails plasticine-like with just a hint of dust here and there. We decided on a sessioning/mincing approach and stuck to the woods to explore some new bits and also to repeat a few in sessioning mode.
Some lovely riding from Bob and Matt again, showing that uphill prowess on singlespeed is not a bar to technical skill. I was well chuffed to make it down one sketchy bit (at the second time of asking), but if you can’t risk a crash with five other riders around then when can you?
Wayne played the part of the unfortunate rider this week. We lost him for a good fifteen minutes, then he snapped his chain, then lost the power link when trying to fit it as the rear mech sprung it off into the undergrowth. As mechanicals go it was only matched by scandal destroying his forks ten minutes before he was due to leave the house. Joking aside, I have had episodes like that where a seemingly simple job escalates into a tailspin of broken parts or stripped threads or the like.
Good to see Jez back from his ‘soiled’ hotel room. He hasn’t specified whether it was already ‘soiled’ on his arrival, but I think we can give him the benefit of the doubt on that one.
A big thanks to the local dog walkers as well, those trails might have been too dusty without the covering of dog shit gluing them together. In all seriousness I don’t think a fine is good enough. If caught they should be made to kneel over said hound mound and have their faces shoved in it. With a pistol to the back of the head if necessary.
So it’s on to next week for more thrills and spills, it seems everyone is scattering at the weekend with Llandegla, the lakes and others being visited.
I am in two minds where to go t’peaks on Saturday or Llandegla with Matt G. I’ll post up here when I have decided.
Next week, Woodhouse Eaves Village car park Wednesday 7pm.Posted 3 years agothegloverMember
Yeah was good fun in the woods last night. Surprisingly long runs… may even bring my enduro next time we play there!
We are still going to Deggars on Sat – but a change of plan with logistics as we are going in my mates van. Still room for you though Danny. Will be leaving Tutbury at about 8:45am.Posted 3 years ago
Last night was average at best for me.Posted 3 years ago
Not sure what the opposite of a riding god is, but I was it.
Wasn’t feeling the love at all even though the weather and conditions were bob-on.
The amount of unseen boulders causing jarring unexpected pedal strikes was unbelievable.
The chain snapping was shit – losing half the powerlink was the icing on the cake.
The not having a cold (and barely deserved) beer was the cherry on the icing on the cake.
Might get the road bike out this weekend instead as a mini protest 😉
Enjoy ‘Degla you homes.fathomerSubscriber
rascal – Member
Good turnout – be good to get a few of the original NWLRC disciples out again too (Sam, Steve are you listening?)
I was out a few weeks ago, you where in the valleys on the piss (or something like that :D). I’m currently on our belated honeymoon in South West US looking at things like this:
Oh and tomorrow I’m riding a bike for the first time in two weeks, a Santa Cruz, in Santa Cruz, on dry dusty trails.Posted 3 years ago
Can’t do tomorrow as I spent most of today rattling around the Peaks. I did the route from last November (five up five down). No mechanicals! Weather started of iffy, turned into bad, before finishing vile!
I pissed around with my fork last night and got it sitting more nicely into its travel. The bike felt much less choppy over the rough stuff. One big-ish sideways moment cornering on the loose rocks on Hagg Farm, but otherwise a great ride on some proper rocks again.
Sorry it was short notice, I was intending to maybe do Llandegla with Matt G, but decided that I needed flexibility on timings, so opted for the Peaks. Don’t think that I was trying to ditch you all!
It was definitely one for the dedicated rider, my summer waterproofs were overwhelmed coming down Lockerbrook and so I was absolutely soaked to the skin by the end, proper ‘wring all your clothes out’ wet.
See you all on Wednesday.
Those of you who are away this weekend, have a good’un.Posted 3 years ago
You lucky buggers will be getting the best of the weather tomorrow as well, enjoy!
I can also confirm that, with the seats down, it is possible to climb into the back of a Ford Focus to get changed sitting down in the boot! It really was pissing down that much.
We can compare notes over a pint on Wednesday night. See you then.Posted 3 years ago
Can’t make it tonight, I was away in France visiting the inlaws over the weekend got back late last night. I’m knackard! My knee has eased a little so hopefully be OK for next week.Posted 3 years ago
There looks to be some good riding around northern France, just wish the UK roads were a bit better, it could make for a good weekend of riding. Not really worth siting in traffic for 9 hours on the M25 though.
Anyway have a good one tonight Gents…lucabazookaMember
… I can’t make it again! tonight chaps….be sure to get your swap on…..whatever that means…..
…I have to build a bike that I’ve never ridden before, to take up to Scotland for the EWS round that I haven’t trained for, to race this weekend which if history repeats it’s timing self will be the weekend that baby no.2 arrives. Quickly.
Should be an interesting weekend!!Posted 3 years agolucabazookaMember
…that is a reasonable question…one that we’re pondering at the moment…when I say ‘race’…what I actually mean is do a stage on day 1, cry…then done my pompoms and cheer the manly men on with calves of steel for the rest of the weekend…
A 6hr drive is a bit of a risk though….
No, similar approach to holding a core ball between your knees whilst shredding some gnar.Posted 3 years ago
A bit of a different ride from recent weeks tonight. Conditions encouraged some serious mincing as ‘winter brains’ had to be re-engaged as it was as wet as a mermaid’s brassiere. Jez had a ride-ending mechanical as he put a good two inch gash in his tyre, but across the tread rather than down the sidewall. Foul play was suspected in the bottom of one of the Swithy bomb holes, but he couldn’t find any traps in there.
That left Jim and I to continue the mince. Wheels were rarely pointing in the right direction as we took in a lot of the best local stuff. Thick mist added to the whole ambience of an evening that saw most sane people on their sofas. My bike made it back in one piece despite a completely goosed bottom bracket, a rear brake in dire need of bleeding and a (bit worrying this one) failing mtb batteries light. I’ll be on the email to smudge very shortly!
Still good fun all round and another ‘I can say I made it out’ ride for those who made it. It’s always nice to have a ride in unusual conditions, so long as they don’t become the norm. See you all next week……Posted 3 years agoBillOddieSubscriber
Jez had a ride-ending mechanical as he put a good two inch gash in his tyre, but across the tread rather than down the sidewall. Foul play was suspected in the bottom of one of the Swithy bomb holes, but he couldn’t find any traps in there.
Thats the bitey swithy slate! I have sliced a few tyres in there as have others.Posted 3 years ago
The latest victim:
Tube was visible, how i didn’t puncture i’ll never know.
‘Twas a murky grotty ride indeed. Got utterly soaked, so much that I couldn’t even face the prospect of sitting outside the pub with a pint (or rather, the prospect of getting back on my bike and freezing my nuts off the last 3 miles home).
It was really a fun ride though – felt like a bit of an epic with the conditions the way they were.
Shit luck with your tyre Jez 🙁Posted 3 years ago
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