Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Off to the Peak District

Posted by Matt | August 2, 2008 | 1 comment so far

Today I’m off to the Peak District, for a week near Ashbourne in some cottages with a cyclepath outside their front door. With my broken collarbone.

Not only will I not be riding but I shall have to watch at some point as my family head off into the hills for a spot of riding in one of the best parts of the country. My 67 year old father-in-law is using my On-one (kudos!) to transport my son via tag-along down some disused railway lines while Mark uses his 456 to similar effect with his daughter.

Originally the plan was to cut out in the evenings with our hardtails for some serious riding in the extended summer dusk. Now, I’m on the subs bench and as you can guess, I’m not happy about it (even if Mark feels he got off lightly)! Just seeing my bike leaning against the front of the house as we loaded the car was enough to get me hankering after what I am missing.

Dry trails, warm weather, plenty of grip, good company.

If you ride close to ten tenths, knock it back a notch. The pleasure is in the riding and if you’re sidelined through injury you won’t be riding. So far in my recovery my goal has been to tie my own shoelaces which I think is the right idea, but I can do without it being made quite so obvious what I could be doing!

And (horrors) I don’t even have an internet connection to keep me occupied!

Filed under Lifestyle, Mutterings in August 2008


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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  1. Rob E says:

    Hi Matt

    I know exactly how you feel – not being able to ride is a real downer, especially when you are in an area where you know you could scoot off for the day and enjoy some fantastic trails. I have just come back from Scotland and we were staying in a B and B situated just 7 miles from 3 of the 7Stanes riding centres! I saw bike after bike whizz past on the roofs of cars as we travelled to the local “historic attraction” ! Eyeing up the bike candy was pain beyond belief…Santa Cruz, Ellsworth, Orange etc etc..

    I had my MRI today and have the assessment next week – I am hoping to get the all clear to ride rather than the “you need an operation” statement.

    Hope you enjoy a quick recovery, stay off the snacks and beer otherwise you will gain weight (like I have!) and be safe in the knowledge that you will ride again soon and regain the fitness and skill you had just a few months’ prior to your accident. It always helps when you have good biking buddies around you to encourage you and motivate you once you are back on the bike. Hope to see you soon.

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