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TOPIC: Forest Ride - Saturday 8th November 2014

Forest Ride - Saturday 8th November 2014 2 years 11 months ago #1047

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Apologies for the order and lack of location names. I was told quite clearly by Kaff that we were heading north all of the ride.

Our Fuehrer was away on a training course and one of the topics on his agenda was about diversity, long overdue if you ask me. Deputy leader Sam was kind in enough to step in, fortunately he did not need diversity training, i was in for an abuse free ride!

A dozen of us were at the start line, Kaff (who felt like she'd put on 2 stone), Bicep(tuous) Madge, Diet Coke Ben, Ripped Neil Hooper, Beer Pushing Sam, Lucky Jim, Newbie Sen (sp? Boak), Perfectly Matching rider Jeffrey, Ridiculous Bike Mikey, Burro Omar, Ballet Feet Marc and me.

We started up pole hill as there were a million kids and people in the car park and going in the opposite direction from them seemed like a good idea. Already, the moans started about having tea and cake breaks on the hour, that we need Glenn to enable that to happen, if we wait an hour he'd turn up, but Sam doesn't cave in or react, he just leads.

We knew it was going to be muddy. Last week saw a few slick patches and quite a lot of dry lines. This week was quite the opposite with a load of the muddy patches, where you can't turn or brake, you just need to go diagonally across everything so you don't fall over. I had totally forgotten how to bike in mud, as i had missed a mud season or two.

Sen had his first spill just after Pole Hill where his bike could not grip the slick mud, but like a trooper, he got up and carried on. We went north and climbed a lot of hills and at some point we were at Strawberry ponds and did Omar's race track backwards.

Jim had a spill fairly early on was nicely muddy on one side. It was much later on at Diet Coke corner that he realised he lost his bottle and would have no lunch money, after a long discussion about if any passers by would steal the bottle if they saw it, we decided noone would bother picking it up.

This is where we saw a runner run down the hill and at the bottom, she clicked on her timer (to record lap times) and run back up just as quickly as she ran down. Who the heck would do that? Certainly none of us, so we took the less steep route and climbed back up.

Mikey played about for a bit on some logs proving that he could ride up ridiculous things (photo attached).

Sen had quite a spill and face planted in a mud pond. I think at that point, he'd had enough and left us at the Wake Arms. For a first ride, Sen was amazing. Yes, he had some spills and a lot to learn, but did a very brave job and had a good attitude to it all. Read his ride report. Sen, don't worry, we've all been there.

A special request from your Madgesty made sure we had lunch at a reasonable hour, 2pm. Here we talked about Marc's narrow ballet and bound feet. Jim went off to find his bottle and was lucky to find it where he fell, woohoo!

We went home via Andy's log where i could not ride any of the logs. We did one last loop up Pole Hill and i did a slow motion over the handle bars which Ben was able to witness whilst i was at 90 degrees and saw the bike bounce right over me and only the mud guard clipped my helmet. Unlucky Sam had an SPD moment at standstill and had the loudest crash of the ride. He had the most spectators for his fall. Bad times!

We were at the Station house by 3.30pm where we were met by Glenn, Richie and James and a very smartly dressed Jeffrey (there was no way he'd been on a 3 hour mud bike ride with us). Guest ale was Golden Fleece by Dent Brewery.
We had managed to clock 15 miles. Brilliant ride all, thank you.

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Forest Ride - Saturday 8th November 2014 2 years 11 months ago #1056

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Top job on the report Sze, a very good and informative read. I particularly liked your level of recall of everyone's crashes and your self effacing style - I don't ever do that, it's always all about me!

As you mentioned there were a few geographical errors to advise you of for next time but overall I'd give it a 7/10.

My training has given me a whole new perspective on group leadership and whilst this means that impromptu lunch and tea stops will now be an absolute no-no unless it is due to a medical emergency, you can all now be doubly sure that in the event of us ever becoming lost I now have the skills to navigate us to relative safety. A map and compass will now be a permanent addition to my already overfull Camelbak. Also Sze, as you mentioned, now that I've been diversity re-aligned you can count on some special 'praise' in the future.

Nice photo. It's good to see Her Madgesty showing her subjects that being warm and protected against the dangers of the forest is for pansies. No sleeves in November shows she is well hard. I also think a dynamic risk assessment is in order for Mikey and Ben.
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Forest Ride - Saturday 8th November 2014 2 years 11 months ago #1060

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So Miles, now that you are trained, are we a club?
Risk assessments? Seriously? Do you own a clip board now?
Praise? Oh hell.
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Re:Forest Ride - Saturday 8th November 2014 2 years 11 months ago #1063

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Medical emergency? Cue bouts of breathlessness and clutching of chests near Bradley's and Carls.


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Re:Forest Ride - Saturday 8th November 2014 2 years 11 months ago #1065

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Sze, I'm not sure trained is the word I'd use.

Hadn't thought to be geeky enough for a clipboard although it would be good for you to use to sign your laminated 1:25000 route card with 6 digit grid references for points of interest and distance way marks. Have you got a compass and non-permanent marker?

Tom, wouldn't waste those near anywhere that doesn't sell a good pint.

Hopefully see you all at TQ 394 949 on Saturday.
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Re:Re: Forest Ride - Saturday 8th November 2014 2 years 11 months ago #1066

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So now our references are no longer about where people have discovered or fallen over, they are 6 digit grid references? Kaff and I have no hope.
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Re:Forest Ride - Saturday 8th November 2014 2 years 11 months ago #1067

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Did you say 'beer ride' Miles?


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Re:Re: Forest Ride - Saturday 8th November 2014 2 years 11 months ago #1068

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sze187 wrote:
So now our references are no longer about where people have discovered or fallen over, they are 6 digit grid references? Kaff and I have no hope.

Sze, in my newly enlightened capacity I am here solely to serve and impart information, not to agree with the damn obvious!

Some places of interest

Bridge of Si's TQ 413 964

Omi's Race Track TQ 422 976

Diet Coke Corner TQ 424 914

Secret Squirrel (Jacks Hill) TQ 434 994
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TommyTank wrote:
Did you say 'beer ride' Miles?

TT, sounds like a plan but I'd have to go 'under cover'.
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Re:Forest Ride - Saturday 8th November 2014 2 years 11 months ago #1070

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All those letters and numbers. I'm starting to have palpitations
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