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Glorious Chiltern Hills
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The 'Stingbee' Loop
It's not just about the riding!
It's not just about the riding!
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Ashridge Estate Club Ride
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Whipsnade trails
Whipsnade trails
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Not just local riding
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Birdseye view
Birdseye view
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New trails
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Secret cake supplies
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Family Rides
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Ashridge Open Ride
Ashridge Open Ride
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New accomplishments
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Friends and views
Views to die for
Views to die for
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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
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Coffee stops
Lee Quarry Club Trip
Lee Quarry Club Trip
A cake stop or two
A cake stop or two
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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
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Family Events
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Challenge yourself
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Mount Snowdon
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Perfect photo stops
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Good views
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Speed
Gisburn Forest
Gisburn Forest
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Enjoy yourself!
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Good company
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Events

 

The few days running up to the ride had us a little bit worried – with forecasts of lots of snow and sub-zero temperatures we thought we may have to change the ride completely or even worse cancel it. Riding in the snow is great fun but accessing the start point could have been tricky if the snow was heavier than expected…

A call to The FC warden confirmed that the ride could go ahead at the planned start point so off we set (after sending 17 texts & 17 emails & updating facebook…)

The start was delayed slightly because a number of riders were stuck behind a faux-by-four on the entrance road into the woods that kept slipping back down the hill! Rob also forgot his helmet so we played a few rounds of ‘The Box Game’ – it’s good fun and kept us warm whilst we waited.


Despite the delayed start we made good progress along in the snow and slush towards Ashridge. Some of the trails were running really well when the snow was compact, other times it was really hard going pushing through the slush – never going in a straight line.

The route Adam set was good fun and gave us a lots of time to take in the rolling scenery and clear skies! The last few climbs before the café at Ashridge were pretty tough with the group spreading out a lot here as some found grip where others slid around. We made it to the café in good time and were welcomed by a BBQ!!! Awesome! Burgers, soup, cake and hot drinks were a welcome treat and we hung out at the café for about an hour chatting and relaxing.

After a(nother) group photo for the website we set off towards the first descent. Now riding these in the dry is pretty tricky – lots of roots and some tight corners, so hitting them in the snow was always going to be a bit of a challenge! Log drops, off camber roots and gullies were all lined up in front of us, carpeted in fresh snow.

Adam set off at a good pace, seat lowered with his dfoot out on the corners to bring the bike under control leaving a trail of tyre prints snaking down the hill. One by one we descended, sliding and drifting, dodging and hugging trees – hope your shoulder is OK Rob!

At the bottom of the hill we regrouped and made our way further down towards the Grand Union Canal. This is normally a really easy ride home – fast and hard packed with lots of room. However the snow and slush really slowed us down making it a bit of a slog back towards Aston Clinton along the canal. We reached the bottom of Wendover woods and decided to cut the end of the ride a little shorter than planned and head back to The Café In The Woods along the road instead of the bridleways because the snow had turned to slush and it’s one hell of a tough climb with 0 grip!

We grouped up for more cake and coffee before heading our separate ways.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Adam who planned the route and made sure we stayed on track and to all of the riders who came to ride with us!

I look forward to seeing you all again soon on our next group ride – details TBC soon.


 

Best Wishes

Michael | BucksMTB Club Secretary 

 

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