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TOPIC: Saturday 14th June.

Saturday 14th June. 3 years 4 months ago #789

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Anyone fancy a dash out to Toot Hill on Saturday? As the forest may not have totally recovered it must be time to do our favourite 30 miler again.


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Saturday 14th June. 3 years 4 months ago #803

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i'd fancy that ordinarily but have made arrangements to hit Swinley this week as i can't make it on the 21st
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Re:Saturday 14th June. 3 years 4 months ago #804

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The Toot Scoot turned into a really good and fairly brisk 30 miler spurred on no doubt by the presence of "The Legend", who was joined by TT, Si, Omi, Ron, Alex, Sam, Hugo and Me.

A dry line was apparent on most of the trails we rode although in places you needed to have your wits about you to stay on it. After riding loads of the local single track we headed out past the Forest Gate following a speedy dash along the trail from The Ridges. There was really only one rideable line along this trail and it got a bit Ben Hur in places!

Highlight of the day was the deer that chased alongside us all and then jumped the trail in front of me just after Garnon Bushes. The low point had to be the miserable lunch served up at the pub at Toot. Luckily we had BetHugo to keep our minds of it.

On the ride back we passed without incident the place where Omi last year had his cramp attack, and although he was convinced it was only a matter of time before we had a repeat, he did make it back ok. At the cricket club TT shot off to get back to HB and home whilst Ron, who'd spent the whole ride insisting his was finished, finally was. The rest of us crossed ENR at The Plantation and then via a bit of cross country and some existing single track we found our way to High Beech and onto the final trails back to base.

Nice to see such a good sized group out with The Mods, let's hope the sun stays shining and we can coax a few more out onto the trails.

The Swinley trip next Saturday will be a mixed outing for both groups so come along and enjoy the trails. I'll post up meet point details later in the week as usual.
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Saturday 14th June. 3 years 4 months ago #806

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BigBen wrote:
i'd fancy that ordinarily but have made arrangements to hit Swinley this week as i can't make it on the 21st

Ben, did you make it to Swinley in the end?
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Re:Saturday 14th June. 3 years 4 months ago #807

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I've not made it on a Toot Hill ride before... what sort of time did you make it back to the SH?
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We got back at about 4.30 having stopped for about 40 mins for lunch. We did ride a lot of the usual single track as well so it wasn't just a bridle bonanza!


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Re:Saturday 14th June. 3 years 4 months ago #810

Great ride and riders, really good pace until "Steve the Cycling Legend Mahon" started cranking it in the big ring when the rest us were blowing out our arses - there's always one!

Thanks to Miles for his unbelievable knowledge of the trails, even that far out. Well done Ronnie, it was a tough ride, and Tommy flying on his 29er.
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Superbike Si wrote:
Great ride and riders, really good pace until "Steve the Cycling Legend Mahon" started cranking it in the big ring when the rest us were blowing out our arses - there's always one!

Thanks to Miles for his unbelievable knowledge of the trails, even that far out. Well done Ronnie, it was a tough ride, and Tommy flying on his 29er.

Si, do you mean on Sunday!!
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The rides always start from Chingford Plaines car park (see map below) which is opposite Chingford Golf Course and 5 minutes walk from Chingford Overground Station.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Under 35?

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.

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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).

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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.

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