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TOPIC: Saturday Forest Ride - 16-5-3015

Saturday Forest Ride - 16-5-3015 2 years 5 months ago #1345

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Really enjoyed the post kids ride ride today - so much entertainment,

The trails were ok, no definite dry line everywhere but you could still find a way with a bit of imagination.

A ride without Secret Squirrel, it can be done.

TT wins crash of the day with his tree hug on the downhill log ride at Golding's Hill.

Lunch at High Beach Church was a special treat - home made cake and Big Ben and Si looking the part on the bongo's.

I was a bit worried that Kaff and Julie wouldn't catch us up on the way back to the pub but I needed have worried as they were safely escorted there by Neil and Jim, two hours later!! #blindleadingtheblind

Omar and Dante turned up too, having spent the afternoon searching us out on all of the usual trails. Dante looked filthy, like he'd had a lay down in a bog - maybe he had.

Guest beer was Loddon Bitter - a lovely creamy bitter with a caramel finish.
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Saturday Forest Ride - 16-5-3015 2 years 5 months ago #1346

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I enjoyed going fast and sideways. It's running pretty good despite all the rain on Thursday.
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Re:Saturday Forest Ride - 16-5-3015 2 years 5 months ago #1353

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Three things helped me make that downhill so enjoyable for Miles;

1. I decided to hare down the descent behind Mikey and Greg, without thinking about the chasm in skill levels between them 2 and me.

2. My forks were partially locked out

3. I declined to drop the Reverb thinking it was too much hassle to pull it up manually.

Have to say managed to hit everything on the tree except my knackers.

Would like to thank Jim for ruining my chance of a post ride rub down from one of the lovely ladies.


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Re:Saturday Forest Ride - 16-5-3015 2 years 5 months ago #1354

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You were warned what lay at the top of the trail.

Shame you should have asked the Latino talent for a rub down.
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Re:Saturday Forest Ride - 16-5-3015 2 years 5 months ago #1355

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Forgot to mention the time spent at the W watching people not quite make it. I enjoyed myself.
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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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