With my weekly mileage ending up on 82 miles and Matt’s on zero this is going to be one hell of a new logo he’s working on! Either that or he’s clocking up the miles undercover!
Riders who presented themselves for the ride were Colin, DaveW, Barry, Erik, AndyC, Rob, James, Jez and myself. After a brief debate about the route we headed of on the “Mole Classic” of runs around Abba Zabba. After 26 miles with two of the FeMoles the day before I was feeling heavy legged before I even started but I dug in and we headed up Yew Trees towards Badger Run and Collar Bone.
Abba Zabba claimed AndyC as he almost cleared if but shouldered the tree on the exit router and rolled down the slope. I led the rest down the chicken run and Blind Terror came up next giving me the opportunity to try a new line to the right avoiding the diagonal root. Barry, DaveW and Jez followed, maybe others as well but my memory is failing me. DaveW then did a spectacular clearance of Numbskull (what I’ve been calling Blind Terror for years) before we headed over the road to Blind Terror2 which was sweet and flowing as ever.
A quick debate about where to next and I was keen(!) to try the new climb that was introduced on a recent Wednesday evening ride (sorry John, missed it again). A quick run through Abinger Roughs and we got stuck into the climb. Easier than McPherson’s in my opinion but still hard. I then took the group back through the woods avoiding the fire road. Then a swift run back down the way we’d come and on to the Ranmore road.
Colin came up with an interesting alternative to our usual descent through Denbies and we instead did a high speed run past the Vicarage. With Colin whooping behind me I steamed down at full speed, banking high on the final complex before the rutted descent. Colin was grinning like the cat from Chesire as we headed back for Box Hill.
Barry obviously has something to prove as he set out to grind another record class time up the bridal way with Jez some 15 seconds behind him. I continued to lead my class (there’s benefits to liking weird bikes…..and I’m always going to have the fastest set of Mary bars up there as well….). At the top cake was eaten as we looked forward to a run down China Pig. Early on we found a fallen tree which we duly stopped for and cleared it out of the way as much as possible leaving a new chicane to negotiate. China Pig was in great condition and the pace was quick as my tired legs surged on, bolstered by flapjack and Torq bar.
One final push up past Juniper Hall, down Stane street and then Alsatian, dropping riders all the way. End count was about 26 miles and another great ride putting together lots of bits of track we’ve never done before.
I’ve penciled in a “killer loop” for two weeks time. Probably going to start at 8am and head over to Leith Hill to pick up Nirvana’s “Killer Loop”, then to Holmbury, Pitch, Winterfold and Newlands before heading home. I estimate this is going to be well over 30 miles as it’s 27ish starting and finished in Westcott. Probably going to be a cross country dash rather than full of “fun” bits but I’m sure we can fit Barry’s in at least. Watch this space!!