These are also all year round and although numbers are fewer, these rides offer a great riding experience. The forest has a special atmosphere in the dark and we are often blessed with the sight of deer and owls that are hidden away during daylight. Be advised though, a good set of lights are essential, ask on the forum and someone is sure to recommend a suitable set to use.
Night Ride Photos from July 2014
As well as our regular rides in Epping we quite often organise Away Days where we ride alternate trails, usually within an hour or so travel from Epping. We have visited Brentwood, Chicksands, Danbury, Dorking, Swinley, Thetford, Tunnel Hill and Woburn amongst others and these days out are always popular. We have also organised quite a few group weekends to trail centres all over the UK including Afan, Cannock, Coedy, Cwmcarn, Gisburn, Glentress, Innerleithen, The Lake District, LLangegla and The Peaks. Epping is infamous for the heavy riding conditions that can be experienced during the winter months and at times it can be quite a slog and will test both you and your bike. We've always tried to make the best of the rideable trails and look upon the tougher days as a way of keeping up our fitness to enjoy the fast and flowy riding days of summer and autumn.
Be bike ready at the meeting point at least 15 mins before ride start time. Pedals turning at 11am every Saturday morning or 7pm most Wednesday evenings
Saturday: medium/fast pace, distance approx. 18-25+ miles, duration approx. 4-5 hours. Wednesday evenings: fast sprint, distance approx. 10-15+ miles, duration 2-3 hours.
The forest is full of hazards that can bring an end to your ride, so bring a mini pump, spare tube and multi-tool so we can all spend more time pedalling.
It's simple NO helmet, NO ride. Other than that you can wear whatever keeps you warm, dry and happy. But, be warned some days the forest can be extremely muddy.
No problem, we have regular riders who are 25 years young and some who are 50+. As long as you can keep up you are more than welcome to join us.
M25, Junction 26 (Loughton & Waltham Abbey). From roundabouts, follow signs for Loughton A121 & Epping B1393 for 1.3 miles. Take 4th exit at Wake Arms roundabout for Woodford A104 for 2.8 miles. Turn right onto Rangers Road A1069, follow for 1 mile past the Royal Forest Hotel and down the hill. Take the first right onto Bury Road, continue for 200m and turn into the car park (see map below).via MBRO35er
MBRO35 (Mountain Bike Riders Over 35) are a social group of riders, not a club. As you may have guessed we are mostly over 35 years of age although some that ride are younger so don't let that put you off.
The group ride on a Saturday morning at 11am in Epping Forest which is to the North East of London. A lot of us have lived around and cycled in the forest for a good number of years and we are lucky to have some regular riders who know their way around the miles of singletrack very well. We ride all year round and usually get a pretty good turn out in all but the foulest weather. We are a sociable group and the emphasis is on enjoyment rather than speed or the mileage travelled. Having said that, the rides can be fairly quick at times and whilst we welcome riders of all abilities you will need a good level of fitness in order to keep up as well as a mechanically sound mountain bike. We ride mostly on the forest singletrack, the narrowness of the trails and exposed tree roots make for some challenging technical riding.
In addition to the regular Saturday rides we also do forest night rides on a Wednesday evening at 7pm as well as occasional away days or weekends. If you prefer your wheels on firmer ground, there is also a strong road contingent within the group that often rides out into the Essex and Hertfordshire countryside on a Saturday or Sunday. The road rides usually leave earlier in the day and head out via High Beech for trips of anything up to 70 miles. Most local rides are followed by a debrief in The Station House pub in Chingford where thanks to a very amiable Landlady we have a place to wash the bikes and store them in safety while we have a few beers and discuss the events of the day. You can also read about some of our most recent rides in the Ride Reports section on the forum.