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TOPIC: Forest Ride - Saturday 13th Sept 2014

Forest Ride - Saturday 13th Sept 2014 3 years 1 month ago #966

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Another well attended fast and dusty whizz around the forest on Saturday with Sze, Madge, Omar, Simon, TT, Richie, Mikey, Ron, Little Ben, Ivan, Marc, Miles, Alex, Jim, Neil, Mike, new rider Chris and I making up the group.

After making our way up to High Beech via the usual trails we headed out to Wake Arms and used the excuse of the great conditions to do some trail breaking near Woodridden Hill. Again results were mixed, although it was good fun. After a spin through Golden Naked Ladies we crossed ENR and rode north along the still puddle strewn Ridges. With Superbike Si taking the lead after the twisty top section, we then made our way onto the fast sprint down to Bell Common which really spread the group out and got the heart pumping.

From there the Theydon trails got most of our attention for the next two hours. We rode the Sleeper Bridge downhill fast enough for Si to end up in the ditch and 7 Logs, which by the squeals and shouts was a bit messy for most. Omar then lead the dash down to Theydon Church with people behind him making up there own lines or not actually making it down at all. We eventually re-grouped at the bottom and after some negotiation on a trip to the bakers, took on the climb back up to Fork Handles. To finish we headed back through the ferns and tissues to Jacks Hill car park which seemed to be a very attractive destination for the single man!

Under slight HRH pressure to get to Bradley's at exactly 2.30pm, we rode the really nice trail south to the top of Indian Summer before returning to Jacks Hill for a quick sprint along Secret Squirrel to Broadstrood where we waited for a de-hydrated and cramping Aussie Miles to appear. We then rode down to The Boggy Valley and up for a small play at The W where TT went off in search of Si who had headed for Wake Valley car park. The rest of us rode the Stream Logs, V, and following the trail alongside ENR, made our way across The Camber and up to The Drop-off, where Mikey made a brave attempt to ride up it, although come to think of it, maybe he was just the only person with sufficiently poor eyesight to think it was do-able! :ohmy:

After re-crossing ENR and waiting for a whole load of horses to come by we made our way along The Ups and Downs to Bradleys, arriving extraordinarily close to the requested hour.

Whilst having a relaxing lunch in the sun, Omar suggested we should head back to base via Ganja Hill. This was greeted with mixed popularity but nevertheless, now minus Marc, Chris and Aussie Miles, we set off towards the top of Lippets where Neil managed to explode his rear mech. Pepper Alley was really dry and we made it quickly onto the trail alongside West Essex GC - it is my duty to report here that Madge and Sze were caught hanging over a fence to get a better look at a couple of big choppers!

We made our way through Gilwell Park and out onto the viewpoint where we did a bit of London Landmark building spotting. The dash down, cheered on by a load of schoolgirls was lead by Mikey and Little Ben. It was very fast and I only just avoided a high speed trip into some brambles by making the fast right/left at the bottom - saved, once again I think, by my bike!

We finished off by zig zagging back up to the 7th Green before riding the lower golf course trail back to Bury Road which cost me another broken spoke from a stick getting caught up in the rear wheel.

With bikes barely requiring more than a wipe down we made for the debrief which was well attended. Chris made it back to join us for a few pints of the aptly named guest ale, Blazin' Saddles - no reports yet received on the after effects. The beige appeared and was devoured and Teresa, who was in a particularly cheerful and chatty mood, asked about the whereabouts of Phil and Grace - we'll leave you to work that one out.

Not sure about the mileage achieved but we seemed to get a good look at most corners of the forest north of the car park - looking forward to a repeat run on some of the trails on Wednesday eves ride.

See you in a fortnight otherwise.
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Re:Re: Forest Ride - Saturday 13th Sept 2014 3 years 1 month ago #967

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This image is hidden for guests. Please log in or register to see it. Marc got a bit peckish and had the club sandwich....

Brilliant ride on Saturday.
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Re:Forest Ride - Saturday 13th Sept 2014 3 years 1 month ago #968

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Nice report its been a while.

Those sandwiches are getting bigger!
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Forest Ride - Saturday 13th Sept 2014 3 years 1 month ago #969

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Someone has to be in charge!
HRH.
Off with their heads!
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Forest Ride - Saturday 13th Sept 2014 3 years 1 month ago #970

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Madge wrote:
Someone has to be in charge!
HRH.

Quite so YRH. I guess it's a bit like a Head of State dealing with a corrupt Parliament. You ask for what you want and we provide it having taken a few personal liberties along the way!
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Forest Ride - Saturday 13th Sept 2014 3 years 1 month ago #971

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Do as you're told or you'll end up in the dungeons. :angry: No, not that dungeon, Duncan...
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Re:Forest Ride - Saturday 13th Sept 2014 3 years 1 month ago #973

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johne wrote:
Nice report its been a while.

Those sandwiches are getting bigger!

As is Marc!
I can't believe scummers are allowed on this site!
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Re:Forest Ride - Saturday 13th Sept 2014 3 years 1 month ago #974

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If he ate the whole thing by himself then he clearly is c!rb loading for next Saturdays ride!
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Forest Ride - Saturday 13th Sept 2014 3 years 1 month ago #975

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I ate it all, and then I rode home for a nap.

It was a good nap.

Fab report Miles - feel a bit sorry I missed the bits after lunch - I've only ridden round there once or twice before.
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Forest Ride - Saturday 13th Sept 2014 3 years 1 month ago #976

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marc wrote:
I ate it all, and then I rode home for a nap.

It was a good nap.

Fab report Miles - feel a bit sorry I missed the bits after lunch - I've only ridden round there once or twice before.

It's a bit of a shame really, the dash straight down Ganja is great fun but it's over in seconds and is nowhere near as good as the trail around the edge - maybe tonight.
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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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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.

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