Mark Baylis and I (Darren Chappell) attended the Scott MTB Marathon series at Wantage at the weekend. It was a mostly dry day so the 45 mile route was dry and fast. The route was well sign posted with plenty of support to hand. Some of the sections were technical. Overall it was an excellent day and I would recommend to anyone looking for a fun well supported event.
Good club members run out today. Just the three of us, Mark, myself and a new member, Chris, who joined yesterday! Chris has a background in dirt jumping, so his air and style over the jumps was amazing and he was incredibly quick for a newbie to mountain biking. The trails at Swinley drain pretty quickly there was inevitably one very flat and heavily mud covered one that had us spinning along in about 8 inches of mud for about ten minutes! Only one pic from the day, but if you like your bikes then its a pretty good one!
Our Watlington rides are normally very popular and this ride was no exception and went very well. This was definitely one of the best rides I've done so far for the Club; what a great bunch of people and the whole day was a great laugh. Five people attended altogether as two people dropped out the night before. One puncture and one mechanical all day, but nothing too drastic. We stopped off at Pishill Church for a coffee and luckily we managed to avoid the rain! Some very keen new members in attendance who I hope to see out on the trails again very soon - Darren.
Whilst part of the club was off on the Spain trip both Mark Baylis and I attended this years Uptonogood event in Upton near Didcot. We took on the 36 mile route which was very muddy in places. It was an excellent day out with superb views, the route was both very well sign posted and marshalled. There were live bands throughout the day along with ideal camping facilities as well. We will both definitely be taking part in it again next year.
Its tradition that any bank holiday weekend the weather is always grim, and even more traditional that we head out and embrace said weather for some holiday riding! Inevitably I ended up working Easter Sunday but our Club Treasurer Darren kindly stepped in to lead a loop around Swinley Forest near Bracknell. A keen team of new club members, most of which were attending their first club member only rides turned up, and all in five keen riders span around Swinley Forest enjoying some good conditions between the strong winds and heavy down pours...