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TOPIC: Saturday Forest Ride - 18-10-2014

Saturday Forest Ride - 18-10-2014 3 years 4 days ago #1010

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Enjoying a dry day on some very slippy trails were TT, Omar, Baz, Richie, Mark, Jim, Neil, Big Ben, new rider Rhyadd and Me. I'd like to say it was a rare men only day, but you know what I mean. It was though nice of Sze and Kaff to turn up to see us off.

It seemed strange today, actually having to think about the lines you were riding. We've been so lucky with the trails lately that it has hardly mattered but no such luxury today. Every bend and every change of direction involved studying the ground and making good choices or the end result was likely to be a visit to the the dirt. Albeit that it was quite hard going, It was proper riding again and good fun. It'll definitely be time soon to dust off the winter steed - I was even thinking of resurrecting the singlespeed again!

We headed out to Theydon via the usual trails and did a loop including Secret Squirrel, Jacks Hill, The Ridges, The Sleeper Downhill, 7 Logs and back through the ferns to cross ENR at Golden Naked Ladies. All standard stuff.

Jim brought shame on the family with a big OTB just before Wake Valley and TT also had a nasty looking wash out just before the Double Logs during the sprint for lunch at Bradley's.

Good to see Ronnie and his crutches at the debrief where we were also joined by Ollie after his day at a dry Chicksands - an Away Day beckons.

For those of you interested in such things, Guest Ale of the day was Shropshire Gold - a gorgeous bitter with a citrus finish.
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Saturday Forest Ride - 18-10-2014 3 years 3 days ago #1012

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Miles, I was expecting an epically long ride report now that you have more time off?
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Re:Saturday Forest Ride - 18-10-2014 3 years 3 days ago #1013

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Dangerous, Miles has retired now, so I guess he retires from the long ride report too.
Miles ignore Dave, I like your reports, short or long.
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Saturday Forest Ride - 18-10-2014 3 years 3 days ago #1014

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Fallopian Ale. lets hope the tubes were sufficiently flushed before they plumbed that one in.

Thanks for the report Miles - according to my Garmin, my highest heart rate occurred while eating my triple sausage and egg "platter of fools" at Bradleys. Marc G would have been proud..
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Saturday Forest Ride - 18-10-2014 3 years 3 days ago #1015

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Triple Sausage and Egg? Sounds like Angina on a plate. At least the Biker Club comes with salad :)

Sounds like its getting slippy out there. Won't be long before we need the mud tyres. Sorry I didn't make it out, although that wouldn't have made any difference to the apparent sausage-fest.
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Saturday Forest Ride - 18-10-2014 3 years 2 days ago #1016

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Thanks for a great day Saturday - amazing the quality of trails available! Will definitely be back again (possibly on a night ride too) and will be sure to schedule in some more pub time.

See you soon,
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Re:Saturday Forest Ride - 18-10-2014 3 years 2 days ago #1017

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sze187 wrote:
Dangerous, Miles has retired now, so I guess he retires from the long ride report too.
Miles ignore Dave, I like your reports, short or long.

Ho ho, you lot are so full of shit! :P

You know I was just thinking of all the times I've done a ride report and no bugger has responded so maybe short and to the point is the way forward!

To be honest it was one of those rides where everyone seemed a bit wary of the trails, we did a fairly standard route and nothing too exciting happened.

If someone gives me some good material, I'll try harder to be a bit more creative next week.
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Re:Saturday Forest Ride - 18-10-2014 3 years 19 hours ago #1019

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Miles, what more did you need than the lager drinking Welsh geo-chemist from Baaa-net?!

Welcome Rhy!


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I can't believe scummers are allowed on this site!
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Re:Saturday Forest Ride - 18-10-2014 3 years 18 hours ago #1020

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Tom, I thought we'd abused him enough on the ride but given the evidence, what was I thinking?

Rhy, hope to see ewe soon!
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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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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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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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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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