Conditions were perfect for our latest ride. So six keen members arrived at the top of Castle Hill for the epic Sting Bee Loop.
This was the first time some members had seen each other for a while so a bit of time was spent catching up!
After the formalities we swiftly made our way down the Alford jumps ready to begin our short sharp climb past the vineyard.
A quick photo stop of an old car at the top of the hill and we were on our way. (If anyone knows what this car is please contact the club and let us know!)
If was now time the the rocky descent through devil's tunnel ( there's lots of local stories about this however I'll bore you about it another time!)
We were soon at the bottom and faced another steep climb up into the back of Little Gaddesden. This was swiftly dispatched and we faced another climb, this time into Whipsnade and onto Dunstable Downs. The views here are pretty good considering we hadn't ventured far from Berko.
We stopped for a few moments to watch the gliders, the red kite and take a few photos then we began our descent into Eaton Bray.
After completing this part of the journey we made our way upto Ivinghoe Beacon for a few more pictures and it was then into the tricky spooky woods descent. Some members didn't fancy this so opted for a more mellow route into spooky woods. Here the smell of garlic is very strong as it grows prolifically in the woodland. It was not quite ready for picking however I am assured it makes some very good pesto!
Once back in the woods of Ashridge it was time to ride the bomb hole trail with the bonus section that Steve discovered recently. This is some quality single track which weaves its way up and down the side of the forest before a savage climb back up to the monument. This was heaving with people so we avoided this and made our way through some bluebell lined woodland and onto the lockdown trail.
If you've not ridden this before it's a tight and very natural trail full of roots, dips and off camber sections that is about a mile long and conditions were absolutely perfect for it today.
Once complete we made our way back to our meeting spot and said our goodbyes.
The route today was approx 26 miles with about 2500 feet of climbing the conditions were perfect all of which was made better with great company.
Thanks to everyone who came today and hope to see you on the next one.