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Sat 29 March - Forest Ride 3 years 8 months ago #283

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In the immortal words of the great dinner lady herself, Delia

"Let's be 'aving yeh!"

Who's on a for a sunny poodle around the swamp? I predict a damp but firm trail.
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Sat 29 March - Forest Ride 3 years 8 months ago #284

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Good shout Tom.

I have a plan and it is cunning.

We've spent too nuch time and effort recently escaping our local trails so I think we should do a Ben and Baz style bridal bonanza up to High Beech to warm us all up and then head east as fast as our legs can carry us. We can ride the trails around the Theydon area including the Four Corners Loop, The Drop-off trail from Jacks Hill and the downhill into Debden Camp Site and up to the Deer Sanctuary.

How does that sound?
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Sat 29 March - Forest Ride 3 years 8 months ago #285

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Good idea Baldrick

To be honest the route up to Dawn's log and the back of the church weren't too bad on Wed (if you pick the right line) so a 20 min blast up to high ground on the trails shouldn't be too bad. [Statement heavily caveated ahead of any whinging tomorrow}
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Sat 29 March - Forest Ride 3 years 8 months ago #287

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We can do some singletrack on the way up but thought it best not to complicate it too much and get high as soon as possible.
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Re:Sat 29 March - Forest Ride 3 years 8 months ago #288

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Mr Incredulous wrote:
We can do some singletrack on the way up but thought it best not to complicate it too much and get high as soon as possible.
I thought ganja hill was where folks go to get 'as high as possible'?
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Sat 29 March - Forest Ride 3 years 8 months ago #289

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Myself and the elusive Sze will meet you for luncheon. Will it be Bradleys? (Or jacket spuds, we'll have to wait and see...)
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Sat 29 March - Forest Ride 3 years 8 months ago #290

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I had the same idea as I've managed to convince my brother to ride. We'll be hitting the fireroads to Cannuaht Waters from the car park and making our way to High Beach then heading to the other side of The Epping New Road to ride the trails there and also the big downhills from last week. I'd come with but someone would never make it that far having not ridden for a year. We'll most likely see you lot at Bradleys for some food.
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Dangerous wrote:
Mr Incredulous wrote:
We can do some singletrack on the way up but thought it best not to complicate it too much and get high as soon as possible.
I thought ganja hill was where folks go to get 'as high as possible'?

True Dave, should probably have seen that one coming.

Madge, I'd heard about your little breakaway ride - hope you put the world to rights!
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Re:Sat 29 March - Forest Ride 3 years 8 months ago #292

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Madge wrote:
Myself and the elusive Sze will meet you for luncheon. Will it be Bradleys? (Or jacket spuds, we'll have to wait and see...)

What's your new group called Madge?


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Sat 29 March - Forest Ride 3 years 8 months ago #293

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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.

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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