A fantastic turn out of twenty-one people in total (including leaders) for today's open group ride at Wendover Woods, including a really nice mix of riders of different ages and abilities. We would have had a slightly larger group but sadly a couple of people dropped out with the dreaded flu. Everyone started out as one group, but later on broke into two smaller groups; Seamus led a longer route than originally planned, whilst MarkP stuck to plan A and continued to make it back to the cafe in good time for hot chocolates all round! Was it the perfect weather for a good ride out? We thought so! Cold enough to keep you moving, damp enough to make sure you're muddy! Great day and we hope we get many more open rides like it. A big thank you to our ride leaders and to everyone who attended and supported our ride!
Another great open ride this month with six newcomers to the club in attendance. Unfortunately two of our newcomers had to turn around pretty early on due to an unrepairable mechanicals, but the rest of the group got on with the task at hand, conquered Ivinghoe Beacon and pushed on at a good pace along the canal and then back into the Ashridge Estate. The earlier than usual start was a shrewd move as towards the end of the ride the weather came in and there were five very wet but very happy riders rolling back into the car park.
We were completely spoilt with the weather for our May open group ride event starting at Ivinghoe Beacon. This event had gained a lot of interest and alot of local riders had pre-registered to attend, however on the day perhaps people were put off by the 27 degrees and burning sun as only four brave new faces turned up to follow our ride leader Darren around his preplanned Chiltern Hills route.
Darren's route started and finished at the main Ivinghoe Beacon car park and took in about a fifteen mile singletrack Chiltern Hills route in and around Ivinghoe and Ashridge areas. The new faces that attended seemed to enjoy the ride and certainly had a great day to enjoy it.
Thank you to everyone who attended and expressed an interest in the event, and a big thank you to ride leader Darren who planned and led another great ride.
Look out for future group ride event dates on our main website and social media feeds very soon.
We couldn't have asked for a better day for this ride, held on the 5th June from Coombe Hill. Unfortuantely two riders dropped out at short notice but this didn't stop eight local riders attended including Club Staff ride leader Darren. The ride was a twenty four mile ride off road ride from Coombe Hill taking in trails in and around Great Missenden and Wendover before returning back to Coombe Hill. The weather was stunning but the trails were still muddy in places after recent rain. A great turn out again with a mix of brand new faces and returning visitors and club members alike. A big thank you to everyone who attended and to club ride leader Darren for organising another cracking event. Keep an eye on our website for our July open group ride details coming soon.
Our last open group ride was held on Saturday 19th March starting at Coombe Hill Monument car park. Our open group rides are ideal for beginners and new riders to attend to get a feel for our rides, ride some new trails and meet some staff and club members. A small team of five turned up on the day but we sadly lost one rider early on due to a dodgy knee!
The weather hadn't been too kind on the lead up to this ride however the small brave team that attended were very impressed with the trail conditions in places, dry and almost dusty trails made for some fun riding (avoiding the odd gloopy patch of course).
Two sets of brake pads, two punctures and one slow speed crash in to a puddle later we made it back to Coombe having spun round a short twelve mile winter loop.
Unfortunately no photos this time around, it was too cold and wet to stop to find a camera!
Thank you to everyone who attended the ride, and please keep an eye on the website soon for future dates for our next open group rides!