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TOPIC: No Dougal; these are close. Those are far away!

No Dougal; these are close. Those are far away! 3 years 7 months ago #50

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Evening all!

Thought I'd try to drum up some interest for a few "away" days. Away days are brilliant for many reasons; the incomprehensible susceptibility of not only missing one's junction but also going the wrong way round the M25 altogether. For spending extended periods of time at airports for no reason other than taking a slight wrong turn and for forgetting important, everyday pieces of riding apparatus despite speccing out requirements meticulously for at least the prior 3 months. These things, although not ideal at the time make for well attended and enjoyable Ride Debrief's which, to be honest are mainly the reason we bother at all.

I'm after idea's for those times when nobody's got a plan but logistics, commitments or otherwise mean you can't just bugger off to Coed-y for a long weekend and you need to make the best of what you've got. Clearly we'd rather bugger off to Coed-y because it's ace and last year was amazing and blah blah blah. BUT!

What have you got up your sleeve that you've always quietly fancied doing, that would make a break from the norm, provide a challenge or otherwise be interesting for those of us that are happy to grind out the miles on a Saturday morning but would also like a bit of variation and to give the usual trails a break (particularly this time of year) from the punishment we give them?

I'm thinking of idea's like a pub ride into town along the Lea. Epping Forest end to end from tip to tip. Overnight bivvying/camping rides just for the craic or anything involving badger baiting, squirrel torture or sheep befuddlement (yes i'm talking about you Tommy!)

So, idea's on a postcard please. No answer right or wrong;

David Johnson
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Dubai
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Or just post up on here.

No idea to be dismissed or ridiculed too vehemently - promise!

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No Dougal; these are close. Those are far away! 3 years 7 months ago #54

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Come to Dubai there's plenty of riding in Shawka
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No Dougal; these are close. Those are far away! 3 years 7 months ago #55

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Liking your thinking Ben, whilst Epping is so wet we need to be a bit imaginative, if nothing else just to give the forest a small chance to recover.

I'd even be happy to head into the forest with a view to doing a bit of log ride building rather than just clocking up the mileage. There is so much raw material laying about and some of our old favourites (Double Logs, Andy's) are definitely nearing the end of their time. Mikey has shown what the efforts of one person can do so a few of us heading in there with a bit of purpose should be able to create some good stuff we can all enjoy later on.

We keep being told that Chicksands is drier than the Gobi so I would be happy to head up there one Saturday soon. It'll probably be busy but apart from the obvious lure of the dual track, jumps and drops I'm sure we could try to explore the XC options long enough to keep us happy for an hour or two.

There will soon be availability for access to the MTB trails at the Lea Valley Velopark @ £6 a session but you'll need to join, which is free, and pre-book to ride. www.visitleevalley.org.uk/en/content/cms...-biking/#mtbsessions The trails look like they are going to be pretty good and are only a thirty minute ride down the Lea towpath.
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Re:No Dougal; these are close. Those are far away! 3 years 7 months ago #56

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Did someone say towpath ride?


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Re:No Dougal; these are close. Those are far away! 3 years 7 months ago #58

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TommyTank wrote:
Did someone say towpath ride?
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Oops, got a bit carried away there. It would of course be an extreme towpath ride. Breakneck speed and making no apologies to dog walkers, joggers or the canal boat unwashed!
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Re:No Dougal; these are close. Those are far away! 3 years 7 months ago #60

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you gonna bring your trunks Miles?


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No Dougal; these are close. Those are far away! 3 years 7 months ago #62

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Surrey Hills has been mentioned many times and I haven't ridden there since I was a kid. Heading down there for a guided ride (of which there are plenty) would give us enough of a head start to go exploring on our own on subsequent trips.
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No Dougal; these are close. Those are far away! 3 years 7 months ago #63

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Up for that Marc. We did a ride from Dorking Station a few years back that took in Leith, Holmbury & Peaslake and I'm sure enough people have been there to make sure we get a good look at some of the best trails.

This site is a good source for locating the top trails.

www.diaryofamountainbiker.co.uk/routes_n....php#summerlightning
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No Dougal; these are close. Those are far away! 3 years 7 months ago #68

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+1 for Surrey Hills. I'll throw Danbury in there as well, if only cos it's 10 mins from where I live ;)
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No Dougal; these are close. Those are far away! 3 years 7 months ago #72

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Hey,

I'll be up for a Surrey Hills ride:) Been over there a few times. I might still be able to remember where the good bits are.

Also Thetford was excellent last week. Its pretty dry over there and the singletrack was in great shape. Was thinking of heading back soon if anyone is interested?
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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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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.

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.

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