Open Group 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

 

It was brilliant to see nine of us out on Boxing Day having escaped from tidying, washing up or the dread in-laws! We had a mix of club members, visitor riders and three BucksMTB staff members too. A special thanks has to go out to Guy who had traveled back from Luxembourg for Christmas and he had found our ride via Google and traveled from Farnham to join us for the day!

I, for my sins, was leading the route and had decided to modify and stick three of my favourite local Chiltern Loops together to create a fifteen or so mile long Chiltern classic route.

We started our ride from Coombe Hill Monument car park before heading down the hill towards Chequers to pick up some of my favourite singletrack up and down to get us through to Cadsden. The loop took us out from Cadsden towards Whiteleaf before heading into Giles's and Sergeants Woods looping round towards Loosely Row, Lacey Green and Speen. From Speen we picked up one of the Chiltern's finest rooty climbs back towards Great Hampden and to Hampden Hall to pick up the singletrack back towards Pulpit Woods and Cadsden. We headed back through Cadsden the way we had came taking in one of the best long descents in the Coombe Hill area back to Chequers before conquering the final climb of the day back up to Coombe Hill for a quick chat before heading off for each others respective family duties!

I have apologise to all the riders (and their other halves and the in-laws) for the route taking a little longer than planned, some severe bad areas of mud meant it was slow going in places, and an inevitable puncture slowed us down too.

A huge thank you has to go out to everyone who took time out during the Festive Season to join us for a great ride round the Chilterns. It was great to see so many people enjoy a ride even if feeling a bit worse for wear after Christmas dinner and drinks!

Our next ride is on New Years Day over at Oakley Park, Frilford Heath. If you cant make this ride do not despair we will having another XC Group Ride in January and at least one ride a month through the whole of 2012.

I hope you all have had a great Christmas and all the best for the New year.

 

Best Wishes

Scott
BucksMTB Club Chairman & Ride Leader

 

 

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