Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Doing the business

Managed a couple of decent rides tho no the big easter night ride i had planned (rained off). Last week I rode up to rivi to meet up with Johnnie for a quick nightride. Did 2 lads and ICR, it's been a while and ICR has changed, big gully before the first berm and for some reason I was having trouble lifting the front end so not elegant but made it down OK. Met up and headed up AICR then had a play in the gardens for a change, found some interesting stuff did a drop I've done a few times again didn't the front end and bottomed out my floats for the first time ever I think. More riding in the gardens then down wildes and split I went home via barrow bridge again. Nice night, lots of riders around.
Sunday me and Si headed up to the lakes to redo the grizedale ride. Saw lots of Cube bikes on the way, set off up the start of northface trail but at mustard hill decided to try a shortcut to high parkamoor skipping low parkamoor and the hippy commune. Only missed one fast (but not that exciting) descent and some nice views (cloud permitting) but got us straight onto moor lane, first descent of the day, what a cracker! Bit wet but plenty of grip and lots of fun. Managed to clean the Breasty Haw (snigger) climb and bleaberry hill was ace shorter but almost as sweet as moor lane. Slackwood was fun and not as slippy as usual. Rode over to claiffe and lucked out with most of the gates following a bequaded farmer and then some walkers we only had to open 1 ourselves then near the top we saw some riders ahead I started to put the power down to catch them, KERCHUNG chain dropped to granny KERCHUNG chain dropped off, hmm. One mangled link was the cause, dunno what did it, our quarry escaped, Si broke out the choccy oatcakes while I fixed it. Successfully navigated the forest and did colthouse descent fun but festooned with walkers and wary of my reputation slowed right down and was courteous to each and every one, didn't stop a few having faces like slapped arses tho. Big climb out of hawkshead, some more northface trail then titties track to finish, well nearly, at the bottom of titties we saw the new black run so I quickly rode up for go of that, went off course and nearly crashed on the second corner starting too quick, after that I merely made my way down the rest, no finesse, no style, very little air. Looks good tho, berms jumps and drops, couple of runs to get into the flow of it and it'll be a right laugh. Down the last fun cheeky bit and back to the car.
Excellent, every mtber should do this ride atleast once, packs a lot of fun descents in and it's all rideable, no hiking or pushing needed and it's doable in any weather.

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