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TOPIC: Weds Night Ride - 9th July 2014

Weds Night Ride - 9th July 2014 3 years 5 months ago #908

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Another really enjoyable ride with Ben C, Ollie, TT, John E, Mikey, Neall, Richie, Patrick, Bradley and I making it to the start.

Although conditions were not as good as last week it was still mostly dry in all but the worst spots and the little bit of damp allowed your tyres to get some great grip. With the plan to get over towards Theydon, we rode all of the standard trails to Strawberry Ponds before dropping speedily down the rooty downhill to the clearing near Loughton Brook. TT asked Richie if his brakes were ok at the bottom - "not stuck on or anything?"!

Someone had left a camp fire burning in the clearing so being good chaps we did our collective best to dampen the flames with the only means at our disposal - why can you never muster a good pee when you need to? Strangely, my efforts seemed to have the same effect as lighter fuel!

We made our way up the climb to the Drop-off and along The Camber before heading towards The V. Half way along we diverted down a trail we haven't ridden in ages which now has a nice log ride in it. Ollie's much abused forks finally stuck down at about 40mm of travel, and in the absence of a shock pump TT produced an air canister and re-inflated them. Most ingenious, although it didn't last for long. We eventually emerged on the trail to The Rooty Staircase which via a number of routes we flew down too. More climbing up to Goldings Hill Ponds,dodging a newly fallen tree, before crossing the road and heading for Broadstrood car park to commence our return to base.

We re-crossed Goldings Hill and via the roadside trail made our way to the top of Deershelter and the great trail down to The Boggy Valley. I've always loved this trail, the first two hundred meters riding a thin ribbon of track through the thigh high ferns and then the slight dowhill where you can build up speed while you push through the trees before the couple of jumps at the bottom - so, so good. More woes for Ollie, this time stopping to fix his brakes. Wile he did that the youngsters rode of to do the jumps again - apparently there were deer on show too.

We rode The W and Stream Logs before crossing ENR and escorting Patrick and Bradley up to High Beech prior to their escape to Waltham Abbey. The overcast nature of the evening meant it was just about time for some illumination and lead by Mikey we made our way around The Church trails to ride down Andy's taking in all of the log rides which is such good fun at the moment.

From Lippets we headed south on the nice twisty trails towards The Graveyard before crossing the log bridge and up through the trees back to the car park - all usual stuff. With semi-final number two in progress it was straight to the pub where Omar was already in-situ. With the game failing to really grip any of us it was nice to be joined by Phil (not that one) returned from Dubai and Greg for a few beers.

Following on from Full Brazilian, this weeks guest ale was called Icarus - a very nice link there.


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Re:Weds Night Ride - 9th July 2014 3 years 5 months ago #910

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Fun ride guys.
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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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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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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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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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