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Ride report – 05/10/14 – Dry trails are still out there

Posted by DaveC | October 7, 2014 | 4 comments so far

How much longer can it continue? Well there is mud out there now but not as much as there could be, next week looks like it’s the end though…

Tony SittingWe gathered 11 riders at the start today. Joining me was Nick, recovered from his collarbone, Mark, BigAl, Andy, BigTone, Karl, Colin, Ray, Lee and Elliot. The hardware was as varied as our names. Colin was on his Crosser, BigAl on his Phat Puffin, Lee and Andy on  26″ Cotics, Nick on his new 27.5 Kona full susser, actually I think there was possibly more 26″ wheels than 29er for a change!

The plan was to head to Leith Hill so off we set up towards Ranmore, avoiding the twin bridges descent for now. BigAl and Andy lead the way in the glorious sun and despite the initial chill in the air things were now starting to warm up.

We soon hit LandRover and sped on down finding that speed was our friend and there was still enough grip after Saturday’s rain. The Rookery Climb lay ahead and BigAl and Andy showed us the way on their singlespeeds, both 26″ but one 4.0″ and one 2.1″. At the top of Wolverns we turned right and down passing Wobbem on the way up. By the time I got to him he was up the bank as I suspect BigAl thundering down on his Phat bike is enough to put even Wobbem off.

Cross Bean

Cries of “Crosser!” followed Colin wherever he went

Al then took us on one of his magical mystery tours which initially took us to Deliverance 2 which Colin decided was a step too far for his Crosser so I followed Karl down dodging the fern on the way. Plenty more trails in the category of “a little bumpy but no jumps” and that suited us all fine. I even spied some Dorking Cocks in the woods or at least Charlie’s Stooge

It all got a bit too much for Tony and one point and he had to sit down. I’m sure he blamed the jet lag which was fair enough. The Tower was reached soon enough and we enjoye dthe tea, coffee and assorted fare. A couple of gheezers also asked us where the best jumps were. Only time we’ve seen a Rockhopper with 8″ travel forks on it. JR appeared after securing Glasto tickets for the return leg.

Summer Lightning provided us with a  route home and it was interesting to ride it again after missing it out for most of the Summer. There’s a lot of wear on it in places and no doubt it won’t get much maintenance, which is a shame.

We climbed up to Ranmore of Lower Med and then took in Golden Nugget which, luckily for me is where my camera battery ran out, missing my multiple “off the racing line” incidents but allowing me to laugh at myself and then listen to many similar trails.

A cracking ride with no injuries, few offs and glorious weather.

Check out a quick edit of some video clips to get a flavour of the ride

Ride: Sunday 28 September – North Downs from muddymoles on Vimeo.

Filed under Rides in October 2014


About the author

Dave's been riding seriously since about 1997 and is one of the founding Molefathers — along with Matt and Mark — that came up with the idea of a MTB website for Mole Valley riders.

He's had several different bikes but it's now mainly 29ers in Dave's stable, apart from an Orange 5.

Current Bikes: Orange 5, Salsa Spearfish and Kona Big Unit

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  1. tony says:

    Not having been out for a few weeks I know what you have all been going on about now regarding how good the trails are. Sunday’s conditions were excellent. Super grippy especially the second part of new Summer lightening (after the short climb to the new section that ends at the cricket pitch) through the berms and bomb holes was particularly memorable as Colin and I blitzed them. Colin said he could hear my tyres biting! I even look quickish in one part of the Video – musty have been the editing! Or Dave going slow 🙂

    I also really enjoyed the wiggly / lumpy stuff near the Tower too. Fabulously twisty. I’m not sure I’ll ever work my way around over there.

    I’m glad you also liked my “lying down to get the shot” camera moment.

    Lastly. Karl on a fat bike (“like his Avatar picture” someone said?) was a scary thought. You know you need it Karlos!

  2. Big Al says:

    Enjoyed your footage Dave , Great Conditions being dry and bright . After Mondays weather I’ve started gearing up for winter !!! Need to learn to love mud and rain again 🙂

  3. Karl says:

    Fabulous ride Moles, excellent bit round the back of Leith too Al.. really enjoyed it. Could have stayed there for hours.

    Nice vid Dave, well done. Think my bum looks big in it tho!

    Liked Al’s Puffin on the short go I had. Very Boingy. I’d need a much bigger engine than I’ve got to ride it however, never mind singlespeed it! Phew. He’ll be down to a 30inch waist at this rate. 😉

    Love the sun, but gonna ride whatever.. 🙂

    • Dandy says:

      “I’d need a much bigger engine than I’ve got to ride it” – it’s the 34t chain ring, Karl. I rode it for all of the Wed night ride, it wasn’t easy getting it up the hills, but a 32 x 20 gearing would make it a little easier. As you say, it is surprisingly boingy and good fun 🙂

      If Colin had an Ibis Tranny with drop bars and skinny tyres, do you reckon they’d be shouting, “Cross dresser” after him? … I’ll get my coat …

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