Easter Ride

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Easter Ride

Post by Adrian » Thu Mar 24, 2005 10:43

Any one riding over Easter?

I am thinking of going up to Cannock Chase for the weekend to the Forestry commission camp site as the Mountain bike trail goes through the site. Lots of riding both easy and I think 18 miles of singletrack.
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Post by Neroli » Thu Mar 24, 2005 13:53

Looks very interesting, if a little distant. However, we have managed to keep all of Easter free :D so will be looking to fit in some riding; not looking too promising on the windsurfing front, wind forecast for Monday but so is a drop in temperature %-(

Which days did you have in mind?

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Post by Adrian » Thu Mar 24, 2005 14:14

Neroli,

I was thinking about spending the whole break up there and doing stuff with Jackie a couple of days and ride a couple. Last time I spend a week there and spend the day ws with jackie and rode every evening from about 4.00 till 7.00

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Something this Easter

Post by gerrys » Thu Mar 24, 2005 16:12

Chris and I would like to something this easter - looking at the weather forcast Windsurfing will problably not be on. Cannock Chase I think is too far away for a day (Pos), but if others want to do it for the day...... :D .

If anyone has other ideas please let us know, we want to get some exercise this weekend...... :D

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Post by RaV » Thu Mar 24, 2005 16:26

We're in the Peak District this w/e but were thinking about coming home on Monday via Cannock Chase to check out the new follow the dog trail.

Adrian - do you think you might be there on Monday?

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Post by Adrian » Thu Mar 24, 2005 17:18

I am planning to be there at present subject to wife approval - my mobile is 077833 2685241 I guess the time is always the issue - I need to get home Monday night and then back to Birmingham Airport late evening.

So for a monday ride I will probably be a morning start from the forestry Comission camp site. If we miss each other do not restrict yourself to Follow the Dog - start from the cycle centre and incorpoarte it in one of the longer rides it gives a good mix of riding.

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Post by Ian Long » Thu Mar 24, 2005 18:15

I would love to get out on the bike or board every day over the period, so let us know if someone wants company on a ride. :D :D :D

Gerry, had you thought about where or when?
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Post by Al Donald » Thu Mar 24, 2005 19:05

Just got the bike back today :D , after its initial check-over/service and now cured of the tendancy for its front wheel to resemble a banana!
So definitely up for one or more rides over the break. Tomorrow looks the pick of the weather, then getting cooler and cloudier but probably still dry.
Would prefer somewhere reasonably local (not Ashton Court!). My back is still not fully recovered so a relatively gentle ride preferred!
Options: Rowberrow, Brockley/Bourton Combes, one of the on/off road rides we did last summer? or somewhere else...

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Post by NigelP » Thu Mar 24, 2005 20:06

I am very keen to ride this weekend. I am borrowing a full sus. bike from the shop on Saturday (which rules out that day) and am keen to put it though its paces on Sunday and/or Monday. Looking for an off road location with a bit of technical ground to test it out.

Cannock Chase would be too far.

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Post by Ian Long » Thu Mar 24, 2005 20:31

How about kicking off tomorrow (Friday) with a ride around Black Down, starting at the beacons, with a hint of Rowberrow thrown in as required?

I suggest we meet around 10:45 with a view of setting off at 11:00.

To get to the beacons you want to be here.

Depending on the ground state and how fit people are feeling, this gives us a lot of options for possible routes :D.

If you are not sure how to get there, aim to arrive at our house for 10:30 and we'll set off from there.

Hoepfully see you tomorrow.
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Afan on Sun?

Post by MartinF » Thu Mar 24, 2005 21:17

Have a good one tomorrow - I don't think I'll be joining you.

Anyone up for Afan on Sunday?? Nigel & I were thinking of The Wall in the morning & Penhydd, in the afternoon - as a test of his loaner bike.
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Post by Al Donald » Thu Mar 24, 2005 21:38

OK sounds great! Bear in mind I'll be taking it a bit steady to see how my back holds up, oh and I really don't want another shunt!
See you at the beacons.
I'll make a decision on Afan after tomorrow!

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Post by RaV » Fri Mar 25, 2005 07:43

Cheers Adrian - have made a note of your number in case we are at Cannock on Monday when you are - have a good w/e!

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Post by Viv Powell » Fri Mar 25, 2005 07:53

Hi all

I will be there this morning - Beacons at 10:45 :D . Not too certain about my forks right now, but need to get out. Hopefully I can get to Mud Dock later today (if they're open :roll: ) or tomorrow.

Would also like to do something Sunday/Monday, Cannock Chase seems a bit far for a day but Afan is a definite maybe, depending on my forks :wink: .
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Post by Ian Long » Fri Mar 25, 2005 16:28

Excellent first ride of the break with Nigel, Carl, Al, Viv, Gerry, Neroli and I in glorious weather :D :D.

Started off on Black Down then went into Rowberrow woods for a bit before returning for a slog up one of the Black runs offs Black Down. In hindsight, trying to go up it was a mistake as it was a hard push in places without much cycling in between.

Alas Neroli went over the bars and face planted the fire track while riding slowly along the flat. A few grazes to her face, shoulder and a very sore wrist may reduce the amount of cycling we do during the rest of the break.

Else where on the ride Carl managed to run clear of his bike when it went wrong going down some rocks and I managed to run away from mine when it stopped abruptly from speed on a muddy section.

Ride was a bit disjointed in places as there is more mud there than of late - apparently there was a very heavy thunderstorm on Black Down on Wednesday night, but a good ride all the same and nice to get rid of all that excess energy at the start of the holiday. :lol:
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