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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

 

Saturday 9th July started with some sunny spells amidst the slightly dull and grey morning start. I rode up to Wendover from home to meet the rest of the BMTB Team and to meet up with all the riders for the day.

Thirteen riders turned up for this ride; a great mix of local riders; some people who had traveled quite far to join us; regular faces; new faces; guys; girls (and we did gain a dog at some point!?). This thirteen strong team was joined by Mike, Pollyanna and myself, the acting ride leaders for the day.

After plenty of tea, chat and a pre ride bike check and briefing we headed off for a quick warm up lap around Wendover Woods before heading down the ridge towards RAF Halton to pick up a superb fast singletrack descent down to the Grand Union Canal towpath. We hadnt got far when the first rain showers and punctures of the day caught up with us! Two new inner tubes later we finally hit the canal. We used a good section of the canal to add some distance to this ride and also to give everyone a good warm up and a chance to be social.

Our route took us round the back of Tring outwards Pitstone before turning back towards Aldbury. A few more showers and punctures later we finally found ourselves in Aldbury village! Once in Albury we found the shelter (from some rain showers) in the dense woodland and headed off up an epic climb towards Ivinghoe Beacon. Once at the Beacon we all hit the Cafe for tea and scones (to die for!) and a good bit of social chit chat before a quick photo opportunity at the Beacon before heading back out towards Wigginton.

After a couple of short road stints through Wigginton to connect up the trails we dived back into the Woods to pick up some great Bridleways and twisty singletrack. After helping bump start a local mountain bikers dead car (it all happens on a BMTB group ride!) our route then took us back via Hastoe and Oakengrove before taking a good pause at the huge bombhole sections near Chivery Hall for some play time.

After everyone had worn themselves out playing about in the bombholes we picked up the trails back towards the local 'Crong' for a fantastic gully run descent back towards Wendover Woods before taking on the final climbs of the day back up to Wendover Woods main car park for yet more waffle, tea and cake.

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the ride and made it yet another great success. A big thank you to Mike and Pollyanna too for organising the route and for helping lead the days ride.

We hope to see you all again in August...

 

Best Wishes
Scott | BucksMTB



 

 

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