After a lot of hard work organising, planning and promoting this event, it seemed to literally take forever for the 22nd October to swing by for our long term planned Family Adventure Challenge.
This challenge was held in partnership with local sports events company XNRG Extreme Energy. XNRG primarily organise extreme long distance running and cycling events, however they have also always run these along side the fun family adventure challenges. XNRG has run many of these family challenges in the past, infact this years Wendover event was their fourth held in the Chiltern Hills. For 2011 XNRG wanted to spice things up little bit and add some new ideas and tasks into the event to freshen the event up for both returning attendees and new faces that would be attending for the first time.
Afan Ride Report Day One
The day commenced with an early start from the 'Shire. The bikes were loaded and the weather looked promising. However on leaving the M4 for Afan forest the first but not to be the last raindrop fell.
My partners’ family visit this cottage in Llangenny a couple of times a year for a bit of a get together, it’s a pretty little farm cottage built way-back-when (before central heating was invented!) on the side of The Sugar Loaf just up from the little market town of Crickhowell. We normally go for a few walks when we’re there as none of her family have any interest in mountain biking but I’d managed to get a weekend there booked just for me, and whoever else wanted to come...so it was decided to have an informal club venture to the Brecons for a day of riding!
At Bucks MTB we aim to use our monthly mountain bike events as more of a social gathering on wheels as opposed to a training ride. This month we held a women’s only mountain bike ride Sunday morning then an open to all group ride about an hour later.
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!!!
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