Sunday 5 November 2017

Long winter MTB ride

Mountain biking group shot. The intrepid group

I try to keep my cycling fresh. New routes, bigger distances, different terrain. Of course finding the time is difficult. Life gets in the way. I can't always do longer rides with my mates. It's even more of a challenge to organise a group.

My local bike shop, Ross Cycles, organise Tuesday evening rides, no good for me. So when they posted about a Sunday ride I signed up.

It was 22 miles of trails and lanes. The best part is when I say local I mean local. They are about 30 secs from my door. Great if I need a bike repair or accessory. Even better that the 8am start meant I didn't have to leave the house very early.

It rained heavily most of Saturday, so parts of the ride were very muddy. It's been a while since my bike has seen so much mud. Maybe even as long ago as the South Downs Way.

Crossing fields was the worst, the mud quickly built up around the wheels and bottom bracket. But there were dryer parts where I could up the speed causing the mud to fly off.

The views made it worth it. The sun was out and the temperature climbed to a pleasant level.

Reigate Hill. Mountain bike cycling

Mountain bike cycling, stopping for a break

Mountain bike cycling, another group shot
Another team shot.

We had regular breaks so it didn't get too much.

Mountain bike cycling, waiting for people to catchup

And the autumn colour was still evident.

Mountain bike cycling, through the trees

The route was a big circle and we passed under the M25 a couple of times.

Mountain bike cycling, through a tunnel

There were a few obstacles that sometimes needed ingenuity to overcome.

Mountain bike cycling, through a gate

And then near the end, a pub that needs a revisit when it's open and a little warmer. It would make a very nice place for a pitstop.

Mountain bike cycling, pub stop. The Inn on the Pond

Can't wait for the next Sunday ride.

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