Club member Jez kindly organised our first ever club ride at Hodgemoor Woods near Amerham/Beaconsfield last weekend. Hodgemoor is a pocket sized area of woodland at the top of Beaconsfield Hill. There are fun singletrack trails and a crazy bike park that are supported by both the Forestry Commission and the CTC. A fair few club members turned up for a great afternoon riding in the leaves and sunshine. A day messing about in the woods, what more could you want!
It was a bit too early a start for me for a day off if I'm honest but the early start meant the trails were nice and quiet at Swinley (well, not for long...). Great weather meant the trails were generally riding really well except some soggy spots on the red trail. A fairly short notice planned ride but four of us went along, including a new member who enjoyed their first time around Swinley. A BucksMTB ride wouldn't be complete without a mechanical, or two. Brake pad woes and a snapped chain were amongst the delays and repeat visits back to the van, but neither put a damper on the days ride and the cake at the end was definitely worth it. Thanks to everyone who came and roll on the next club members ride.
We normally have a traditional Boxing Day ride which wasn't to be this year, but MikeD kindly organised a club members ride on the Boxing Day Bank Holiday Tuesday instead! The club members only ride started at Wendover Woods Cafe with the route taking in a couple of loops of Wendover Woods trails then around to Coombe Hill, Chequers and back to Wendover via Dunsmoore and The Hale.
It was a chilly morning to meet up on Whiteleaf Hill but a frosty start to a great corker of a club members ride from Whiteleaf Monument out to Wendover Woods and back, taking in trails around Cadsden, Chequers, Coombe, Dunsmore and Wendover. Tradition was kept with tea and cake once at Wendover Woods before taking in a further singletrack route back to the start. A very hard going twenty miles (that felt more like 40!) with areas of bad churned up mud once the kind morning frost had worn off! Just the three of us causing chaos, but a big thank you to everyone who came and to Mike for planning and leading a great loop.
Today's Club Members ride wasn't as boggy as we thought it would be, but it was still slippery in places. Four Club Members turned up for the fifteen mile circular route which ended at the Hellfire Caves Cafe for coffee in the sunshine.