Club Member Ride Reports
41,15,0,50,1
25,600,60,1,5000,1000,25,2000
90,300,1,50,12,25,50,1,70,12,1,50,1,1,1,5000
0,1,0,0,1,30,10,5,0,1,0,10,0,1
Club
Club
Glorious Chiltern Hills
Glorious Chiltern Hills
Making a splash
Making a splash
The 'Stingbee' Loop
The 'Stingbee' Loop
It's not just about the riding!
It's not just about the riding!
Ashridge Estate Club Ride
Ashridge Estate Club Ride
Travel further
Travel further
Whipsnade trails
Whipsnade trails
Not just local riding
Not just local riding
Coaching days
Coaching days
Birdseye view
Birdseye view
New trails
New trails
Secret cake supplies
Secret cake supplies
Family Rides
Family Rides
Homes from home
Homes from home
Ashridge Open Ride
Ashridge Open Ride
New accomplishments
New accomplishments
Friends and views
Friends and views
Views to die for
Views to die for
Some posing
Some posing
Try Downhill
Try Downhill
The infamous Ashridge Estate scones
The infamous Ashridge Estate scones
Yorkshire Dales Club Trip
Yorkshire Dales Club Trip
The Malverns
The Malverns
The Ridgeway
The Ridgeway
Cannock Chase
Cannock Chase
A puncture or two...
A puncture or two...
Somestimes a beer...
Somestimes a beer...
Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Dales
Making new friends
Making new friends
Club Trips to new places
Club Trips to new places
Coffee stops
Coffee stops
Lee Quarry Club Trip
Lee Quarry Club Trip
A cake stop or two
A cake stop or two
An excuse to finish at the pub!
An excuse to finish at the pub!
Rules to be broken?!
Rules to be broken?!
Aston Hill
Aston Hill
As Nature intended
As Nature intended
Family Events
Family Events
Challenge yourself
Challenge yourself
Mount Snowdon
Mount Snowdon
Perfect photo stops
Perfect photo stops
Good views
Good views
Speed
Speed
Gisburn Forest
Gisburn Forest
Enjoy yourself!
Enjoy yourself!
Local Groups
Local Groups
Slalom
Slalom
Good company
Good company
Events
Events

 

Mike Dalton, BucksMTB Staff Ride Leader, led the ride and after doing the usual ride preparation we all set off. We hit the Warm-up lap first – it’s only a few hundred metres but great to iron out any niggles before setting off properly. It’s also great fun with some HUGE berms and a couple of little rollers along the way too.

For those who don’t know the FoD has two cross country trails a Blue grade (moderate) called the Verderers trail and Red grade (hard) The Freeminers Trail. We all set of on the Verderers’ Trail which is clearly marked & soon split into groups with the fit and enthusiastic (and cold) ones taking the lead with those newer to the sport at the rear taking it easy including myself with Mike acting as Tail End Charlie & set off on the first climb. We were we greeted with a spectacular view of the early morning mist just clearing in the valley below with the sun burning through –a great sight as it was certainly on the cold side that morning.

We progressed around the trail, enjoying the berms and rollers, chatting and gossiping and also trying out each other’s new and borrowed bikes including a Whyte 29er from Beeline bikes in Oxford & were soon lapped by the super fit  David and soon after Andrew. This spurred us on to really go for it on the final descent  - it’s guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face; not very technical but just full of rollers and berms and more rollers and just loads of fun!

As we got towards the end for the final most fun descent one of our guys suffered a minor off, resulting in a not so round wheel. With a big thanks to Dave C for doing his best to get back into a shape in which it was ride-able they made their own way back to the cafe along a fire road whilst we hit the last decent called the "Soup Dragon", which had everyone getting to the bottom with biggest smiles seen for a while. We all met back at the cafe to exchange stories and catch up with fellow Bucks MTB members Dan and Tim who were getting their adrenalin fix by throwing themselves down a hill on their bikes on race-day. Both had good times which can be found on roots and rain’s website along with a load of race pics!

After some lunch. We hit the trails again with some heading off to the more technical "Freeminers Trail" and others eager to the "Verderers Trail" again with the downhiller's going for their 2nd race run before all heading home after another successful Bucks MTB ride.

Many thanks to all who attended and we hope to see you all on the next one. 

 

Best Wishes

Paul C, BucksMTB Club Member.

 

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