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.
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 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.
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...
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