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TOPIC: Forest Ride - Saturday 22nd March 2014

Forest Ride - Saturday 22nd March 2014 3 years 7 months ago #261

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Who's in need of some Sport Relief?

According to the Wednesday night owls, mud tyres are "so yesterday".

Tommy has promised to show us his new toy :ohmy:

Mikey has promised to show us some new trails B)

Kaff has promised to wear her new gold micro shorts :evil:

Should be a fun day. If anyone has any special requests for places to head for please shout.
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Forest Ride - Saturday 22nd March 2014 3 years 7 months ago #262

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I'll be there - at least until lunch. With mud tyres, because its still Epping.
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Forest Ride - Saturday 22nd March 2014 3 years 7 months ago #263

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has Kaff gone Kylie? If so, I'll be there..
Introduce the device Mrs. Dimpkins!!!!
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Forest Ride - Saturday 22nd March 2014 3 years 7 months ago #264

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You should be so lucky, lucky lucky lucky!
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Forest Ride - Saturday 22nd March 2014 3 years 6 months ago #266

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Promise is such a strong word, although if we head towards Cannaught Waters I'm sure I could fine the enterance to the new bit and navigating it should interesting as it's been a few weeks since I have been there.
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Forest Ride - Saturday 22nd March 2014 3 years 6 months ago #269

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A fairly big group made it out on Saturday. Kaff, Julie, TT, Si, Mikey, Big Ben, Little Ben, Neil, Ollie, Ron, Richie, Glenn, Marc, Alex, new rider Francis and Me.

The big storm on Friday night had put paid to any hope of finding any dry and dusty so it was pretty much conditions as was, especially in the lower forest. Mikey took us to ride some fledgling trails around Connaught before we headed up towards High Beech. We stopped to play at some of the log rides on route where we could hone our skills under the watchful eye of our new jumps and drops guru, "Richie Skywalker". Kaff took inspiration from this to ride the new log ride at The Hump with ease.

At HB there was a momentary discipline breakdown when Julie lead a tea and bread pudding mutiny - so wrong! We made our way past Carl's and the cross country runners to ride The Big Downhill for the first time in ages. Great fun as ever and there was the usual amount of carnage at the bomb hole. Mikey confused everyone by stopping in the bottom of the bowl and most of those that followed assumed the worst and gave it a wide berth. It turned out that it was completely fine and he'd just stopped to watch everyone else!

Before we took on the climb back we had a few minutes wait while a thorn was extracted from Julie's tyre and to kill some time the rest of us ripped into Richie again - poor bloke, it's not his fault The Jedi didn't tell him how to ride over a small twig without 140mm's of comfort blanket!

The climb up Pillow Mounds was boggy and tough and after a quick chat with Paul The Lock astride his 15lb Scott Foil (surely illegal) we made our way quickly down to ENR at The Drop-Off. Not sure why but nobody seemed to trust that it was going to ride as it usually does and so a few guinea pigs were sent down to test the going which, as long as you stayed to the right and avoided the big hole, was as good as ever. The Camber followed and as usual it threw up it's share of panic. I went first, stayed high and got the best of the grip. Good plan as it turned out!

We then rode a figure of eight through The Bombholes and onto Omi's Race Track before looping back up to Lost Pond and back through The Bombholes again. The plan was to ride round the Camp Edge and then head down to the Baldwins Pond trail but we ran into the back of a big group of ramblers, so to keep the peace we reversed ourselves and rode the nice downhill west of the Camp. It turned out to a good call as Mikey and Little Ben got the opportunity to ride a nice drop-off half way down which Marc captured on video. Richie had a "technical issue" so couldn't join them.

After crossing the stream we climbed up to the back of The Robin Hood and a small race developed for the front of the queue at Bradley's. Big Ben, Alex and I enjoyed the sit in the sunshine eating while everyone else stood in line, although we did have to wait a while until the young lady had properly arranged her cups (must be a Samwise joke in there somewhere).

lunch over, Si left to tend to The Wheels on the Bus and ignoring Ron's constant call for a quick dash to the pub we agonised over our route back before Glenn came up with a slightly different version of the usual and we were sold. The rooty downhill behind The Robin Hood is such a good trail and with the roots being super slippery there was a lot of moments being had. From Loughton Brook, Marc headed home and the rest of us climbed up to Strawberry Ponds and a trip over The Bridge of Si's where we were thankfully all alone.

Back at ENR we crossed and, to the dismay of many, headed up Fairmead Road for the climb up to Lippets. On the bridleway we were joined by Katie on her Cx bike. We rode up Andy's Log and along to the top of the downhill to start the dash to the bottom. The section through the trees was really slippery and Kaff came to grief in the middle. We emerged onto the boggy grass near Suntrap and couldn't face the thought of the slog through the gloop to the start of the next singletrack. Fortunately, TT had a better plan and we joined him on the bridleway before riding to the edge of West Essex GC and along the trails to Sewardstonebury. I'm not sure where but at some point we lost a few, and then a few more before we got to Bury Road and there was only Big Ben, Alex, Neil and I left.

Neil headed for the safety of his van and the remaining threesome rode the golf course trail up to Pole Hill. It had seemed like a good idea but I had nothing left in the tank and Ben and Alex left me for dead. We got together again to ride the last little section of singletrack before heading to the bike wash. A good tip for all, especially when you are gagging for a pint, is to not be behind Alex at this point as he is, and genuinely apologises for it, fairly particular in his cleaning duties!

We entered the pub to the extremely sad news that Arsenal had been gubbed 6-0 at Stamford Bridge and that Arsene Wenger had finally found a ref with as bad eyesight as he has had for the last 20 years. Paul The Lock rejoined us in his country squire shooting party ensemble, a few pints were downed and the beige disappeared just before Si made it back from his 24th kiddies party this year (he's an expert on ball ponds). Big Ben looked on for a proper session and Richie left to a chorus of "what a waste of money" just before Ollie and I braved the ride along The Ridgeway without a proper selection of lights again - must go home earlier!!!

I feel another away day coming on. Any takers or suggestions?
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Place

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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Time

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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Ability

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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Tools

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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Essential

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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Directions

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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