For our 2011 Summer Club trip we decided to head to the Yorkshire Dales to take in some very different trails from that offered in the Chiltern Hills. Our choice of venue was the Dales Bike Centre, in Fremington near Richmond in North Yorkshire. The Dales Centre is nicely advertised as the “Centre of trails, not a trail centre” which I thought was a really nice touch.
The BMTB Cannock Chase ride planned for 21.02.2011 was one I’d been looking forward to for absolutely ages – I’d had a good summer so far but nowhere near enough riding in; family holidays with no bikes, a really busy time at work and an appalling drive the day beforehand in the rain. When I rolled out of bed in the morning I was really happy to see the sun peaking out from behind the clouds knowing that a superb day lay ahead of me! A good breakfast, strong coffee, chilled out tunes and great company in the car made the drive fly by.
Our ride at Swinley Forest this month was planned to take in a few new sections of trail we haven’t used before and also a new section of trail (I’ve got no idea what’s it called though!) that is great fun.
We weren't sure what to expect in regard to a turn out for this ride with its closeness to the British F1 race, we were missing quite a few regular faces who had headed to Silverstone for the weekend, however thankfully the racing didnt stop a sixteen strong team turning up to Wendover Woods to head out on our Chiltern Hills XC group ride.
Our Bucks MTB Forum trip to Morzine started really really early with a 6.30am but to Heathrow T5. An early check-in in at Heathrow and a few extra quid spent on overweight baggage we treat ourselves to a stunning Weatherspoons breakfast before flying out to Geneva.
We landed about an hour late and were welcomed by more rain then we’d had in the UK! Because another aircraft has to make an emergency landing at Heathrow which delayed our departure but luckily our transfer from Ski Wiz had waited for us so we didn’t have any issues getting out of Genevre and on our way into Morzine. Our digs with Riders Retreat pretty close to the centre of Morzine and only a 3 minute ride to Le Pleney lift. The chalet is perfectly equipped for a group of riders with bike lock up, workshop and bike wash facilities. We’re self-catered so can cook what and when we like which makes a nice change from a budget continental-style breakfast with warm juice and cold tea at so many B&B’s in the area. The rooms aren’t massive but for the price range they’re fine.
The start point for our May group ride was Wendover Library car park. We had loads of interest for this ride with thirty five people pre-registered to attend on the day!!! With a few unfortunate drop outs the night before we still ended up with our biggest turn out yet and hit the trails with a twenty-six rider strong team!!!
We weren't a hundred percent sure how good the turn out would be for our March Group Ride as our ride accidentally happened to clash with a couple of other local cycling events, the first being the Aston Hill Black Run Downhill race, and the other the Chilterns Cycle Challenge. We were pleasantly surprised to hit the trails with a total of twelve of us for what was to prove to be a great day of riding...
Last year two of our Club Members, Steve and Lester, rode up and down Mount Snowdon for Charity – almost a year on since their last trip they fancied another visit to Mount Snowdon, this time to ride some different tracks too. This sounded a great idea so we decided to hold it as a club trip.
The dates were kindly set around my work roster (I travel abroad a lot) which was most considerate of all the interested riders to fit in around my hectic lifestyle. The 18th and 19th March 2011 was set as the tour date. Steve put in a lot of organising into the Club trip, arranging transport (a crew cab van) and organising a very good hostel for us to stay in on the Friday night and even offering to pick everyone up and drive both legs of the journey.
Everyone was picked up and packed up into the tour van by around one o’clock on the Friday so we headed off from Milton Keynes off up the M1 to start our long journey to Wales. The journey to Snowdon was uneventful and we were very lucky with the traffic. Excluding a lunch (and Costa stop…) we did the journey in around four hours which was very good going considering it was Friday afternoon traffic and all.
Our monthly ride took place in Cannock Chase, Staffs on Feb 26th. The drive from Bucks took a couple of hours for most and upon arrival we were greeted by a lovely wet morning, 100% cloud cover and little promise of sun. The car park was full of riders packing their cars up after a morning ride – brown would have been the obvious colour of choice for clothing and bikes if the riders packing up were anything to go by!
We were extremely lucky with the weather for this ride, frozen trails and almost nice weather - the Sun almost made it out for us, but not quite! Fifteen of us braved the chilly January weather for a fifteen or so mile loop of the Chilterns...
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