It is laid down in some ancient script somewhere that there must be a Christmas ride on Christmas Eve, this year was no expection. Seven of us hit the sunny yet muddy trails, starting from Coombe Hill and taking in a twelve (muddy) mile route around Coombe, Cadsden, Whiteleaf, the infamous BMTB office and Great Hampden before returning.
You may have seen some news and hype about our recent partnership with the CycleChilterns project to promote cycling and car-free tourism in the Chiltern Hills. This was the first of our joint BucksMTB & CycleChilterns XC Open Group Rides for the 2014 season, open to non club members, CTC members and BucksMTB Club members.
Injury, always a pain, and never happens at a good time as we all know! We unfortunately lost one of our ride leaders to injury a week before this ride which was planned to be held at the windy maze of trails at Woburn Sands, unfortunately the back up leaders (including myself) aren't too familiar with putting a loop together at Woburn so for speed and ease we moved the event to Wendover Woods for an off-road fifteen miler.
We decided to hold a Family Fun Day this year as a thank you to all of the kind support we’ve received from The CTC and Cycle Chilterns who have very generously funded the training needed to train up five more trail guides for Bucks MTB!!!
Our January ride had been in the diary for a few weeks before there was any hint of snowfall. We’d planned a ride out from Wendover Woods along the Ridgeway to Ashridge, taking in some lovely views and a bit of singletrack with the odd climb, before a cake stop and then returning along the canal.