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TOPIC: Thetford Ride Report Form The Front :D

Thetford Ride Report Form The Front :D 3 years 7 months ago #210

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Finally it is here! :whistle: Might be my last as I’m almost as good leading you lot round as attempting to write anything, but here goes.

Last Saturday, hottest day of the year so far. As predicted the trails where dry and even sandy (yes I know there is one bit I happened to ride three times that must of contain all of the mud in Thetford at the moment). Just trying to remember everyone that was there.... In attendance Miles, kaff, Slim (sorry only know his nickname) In a very white kit, Franco, Alex, Mikey, Marc, Solid Ben, Big Ben, Sarah, Rob, Emma, Fi and last but not least the legendary Sid. Who did I miss???

Early start must of been hampering the bike, people and car fitting as I think Miles and Franco load and unload there cars three times each. After every one was fitted in we was off to meet the rest there at the lovely Brandon Country Park. Have to remember that place for next time, great place to start. Bikes built, kit on we was off. Filming us today was Sarah and Franco. Heres a link to Sarah’s

Reminded me of all the pedaling :D

First bit of singletrack was a great start and provide a spectacular front flip from Slim after he stuck a front wheel into the soft edge. This took us round to the middle of one of the reds and the Thetford race course I was going to attempt to remember 2 weeks on. After spending time on the black bomb hole, think Mikey would of like to spend the whole day there. Sorry Mike for taking you round another 40k. We headed over to Mayday Meadow and the some off piste singletrack that I managed to near lose myself and then half the group. After searching the gadgets we was all back together for the first of 2 runs down The Beast :D (What a excellent bit of trail) along with a blast down one of the flowing trails used in the race from two weeks ago. Once back on the red route we all headed over to the main visitor center at High Lodge for some lunch. Thanks Marc again.

After we had all refueled we started a loop of the Beater Trail. Bit of a false start and we all took a brake in the sun while Marc re-linked his chain back together. Three power links in one chain can’t be that good can it? Back on the route, it turn from very straight fire road into some lovely singletrack thankfully. Half way though the Legend and Big Ben had enough of my slow pace and where off round me. Only thing is we where suppose to be turning right... The red mist had descend and no amount of shouting was bring them back from riding down a massive hill (well it was big for Thetford). Once they had come back up more seemingly endless singletrack was to be had. Was a great idea to take the long route :) well maybe :)

Finally after a team effort and some typically MBRO35 riding the trails the wrong way we was all back at the cars. Thanks for a great 40k in the sun everyone. Got to be the latest I’ve got back into the pub. Missed the beige :(

So what did I miss??? I spent most of the ride out the front trying to keep up with Steve.

Hawkeye
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Re:Thetford Ride Report Form The Front :D 3 years 7 months ago #211

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Sorry I missed that one.

Especially with Hawkeye and Sid up front!
I can't believe scummers are allowed on this site!
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Thetford Ride Report Form The Front :D 3 years 7 months ago #212

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Ah but this is the story from the front.

I'm sure it was completely different further back :D
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Thetford Ride Report From The Front :D 3 years 7 months ago #213

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Good write-up Hawkeye, don't think you missed anyone!

Still not sure why the waymarked trails always take you at right angles on two fire roads when you could cut the corner on singletrack but am glad to have been to Thetford and not have to re-build the bike afterwards. 40k's was good for the legs too as it's been a while since we've been able to spin anything like that locally.

Thanks to Slim for my lunch and to Kaff for the pints after.
Never cease to be amazed!
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Re:Thetford Ride Report Form The Front :D 3 years 7 months ago #214

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Nice one Hawkeye!


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Thetford Ride Report Form The Front :D 3 years 7 months ago #219

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Hawkeye wrote:
Ah but this is the story from the front.

I'm sure it was completely different further back :D

Speaking as the person at the back, it wasn't that much different. It was really nice to be able wipe dust off the bike rather than hose off slop. Pace (and terrain) was nice and quick, not exhausting - thanks for the lift, and leading all day Hawkeye. By the end of the day I was utterly drained. Had a really good day - thanks everyone. We should go back soon and explore some more.
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