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TOPIC: Saturday Ride - 2nd August 2014

Saturday Ride - 2nd August 2014 3 years 2 months ago #944

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My 3rd and final ride of 2014 with the MBRO35 crew (Rich, Glen, Kath, Duncan, Mark, Hugo, Hugo's mate, Mikey, Neil, Paul K and some others who's names I've forgotten).

Our journey went something like this:

Warm-up ride to Poll Hill > Through the Grave Yard > Up the stairs to the Owl > Across the Meadow followed by a telling- off from a horse rider > Down Rats Alley > Up Wellington Bike Track to High Beech > Tea stop at the Kings Head whilst Hugo fixed a puncture > Out the back past the nature centre where Glen ripped his derailleur off > Single track all the way to the Wood Cutters > Second telling-off by lady in car at Copped Hall gates > Copped Hall downhill > M25 dear tunnel > Upshire > Back across M25 > Another puncture for Hugo and chum > Stumbled across a wandering Ollie > Onto the bomb hole downhill for some playtime > Up the pillow mounds > Bradleys tea hut for lunch joined by Miles and Julie > The downhill to Andy's log, Single-track to the abandoned road > A slightly overgrown Conaught Waters downhill > Across Rangers Road and through the bog and brambles to the Ching riverside single-track > Up to Warren Pond > Station House > Beige.
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Saturday Ride - 2nd August 2014 3 years 2 months ago #946

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Great report and pics! Final ride of 2014?? Are you moving to pastures new?
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HugoG wrote:
Great report and pics! Final ride of 2014?? Are you moving to pastures new?
I've been living in Dubai for the past 2 years so was only back for a brief holiday in the UK. It was good to catch-up with everyone and meet some of the new faces. See you in 2015
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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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