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TOPIC: Forest Ride - 03/01/15. A Wet One

Forest Ride - 03/01/15. A Wet One 2 years 11 months ago #1173

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With the rain lashing down, standing in the car park with just Ollie and Mikey I seriously considered just getting back in the car and driving back home (having previously considered not leaving home at all).

Ollie says “I’ll give it five minutes and then sack it off” but then Si, Kaff and Marc turn up, climb into the boot of my car to get out of the rain and after a couple of minutes talking about spit roasting we decide to give it go (bike riding not spit roasting!).

It went something like this:

First 10 minutes: what the hell are we doing?
The next hour: we’re glad we made the effort to get out.
Next two hours: we’re cold and wet and want to go home.

For most of the trails we were pretty much axle deep in water but made our way over to Strawberry Ponds, up to High Beech going behind the Church, out to the Double Logs. Crossed over and did the V and W and along to the Camber where me and Ollie both had comedy Offs and got even muddier if that was even possible.

By this time the litre or so of warm water in my socks that had previously been keeping my feet warm had got cold and I could no longer feel my fingers. It was pub o clock.

We bridled it back to the car park. At some point Ollie knackered his rear mech and we pushed him most of the way home.

We had Soup and fish finger sandwiches in the SH. I have no idea what beer was on as I got a coffee which turned up looking a lot like a tea - Jill was on form!

Richie :)
Fitness is cheating
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Forest Ride - 03/01/15. A Wet One 2 years 11 months ago #1175

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Well done Rich, nice report, sounds character building
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Forest Ride - 03/01/15. A Wet One 2 years 11 months ago #1176

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Good job Richie,

Makes me even more upset that I missed out...............................................he lied.

Let's hope we get some dry or freezing weather before the weekend comes around again.
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Forest Ride - 03/01/15. A Wet One 2 years 11 months ago #1177

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Haven't been on such a wet ride in a long time. Mikey was also present on the fatbike but sacked it off before double-logs as he couldn't see anything with the rain on his glasses.

Soup and sandwiches in the Station House was a good call - revived me just enough for the ride home.
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Forest Ride - 03/01/15. A Wet One 2 years 11 months ago #1178

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One for the memory bank Ritchie


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Forest Ride - 03/01/15. A Wet One 2 years 11 months ago #1180

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Fish finger sandwiches? Well jel!
Off with their heads!
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Re:Forest Ride - 03/01/15. A Wet One 2 years 11 months ago #1182

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Tasty!
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Re:Forest Ride - 03/01/15. A Wet One 2 years 11 months ago #1183

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That about sums it up Richie. The clean up operation afterwards lasted as long as the ride
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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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