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Ride Report: Monday 02 January – Headley Highlights

Posted by Dandy | January 3, 2012 | 3 comments so far

Sundays’s rain dictated that we’d keep it short and local. Billed as a ‘Knackered Old Farts’ ride, I kept the pace deliberately slow, mainly ‘cos that’s the only pace I have at the moment 🙁

We had a few unexpected arrivals at the Bocketts car park at 9am, with Tim making a rare appearance in the mud, Jon V riding with me for the first time since a silly ‘off’ on an evening’s ride back in the summer; and finally Paul901 putting in a cameo appearance on his road bike just to wish us a ‘Happy New Year’ before heading back to the black stuff. Also riding were DaveC, MarkyMark and Karl.

We headed over to Headley via Alsation and LoM the ‘wrong way’. Autumn’s ‘Dusty rivers of loam’ have now morphed into the familiar ‘Greasy slicks of chalk’ as demonstrated by my uphill ‘off’ on Alsation. Jon attempted a gear change in front of me and everything locked up on him, so he decently moved over to the left of the trail to sort it out. I tried to pass him on the right, but having moved off the central strip, the downward stroke of my leg just caused my Trailraker shod rear tyre to spin and slip sideways. Must’ve been the awesome power I put down 😉

LoM the wrong way was another muddy challenge, with a few having to push as their rear tyre gave up the battle for grip. At the back, no one saw my embarrassing stall on one of the logs that cross the trail.

Someone (militant walkers?) had attempted to put the bomb holes at the edge of the Heath out of action by dragging branches and even bending and damaging a healthy tree. It only took a few minutes to clear, so we were able to put on our awesome display of big air, as usual.

We then headed off down Gear Selecta, before circumnavigating the Heath and heading back to Ali’s Tea Hut. We had a sighting run on Secret Singletrack, before returning to Ali’s for a hot Eccles cake and a cuppa. We restarted with our second run down SS, with DaveC showing his taste for the singletrack by setting a fair old pace down the trail. I was lucky not to head straight into the tree that follows a few roots snaking diagonally across the trail.

LoM was a lot more fun ‘the right way’, and Alsation was it’s usual blast, though we had to slow a couple of times for dog-walkers, which in hindsight was probably a good thing seeing as I fell off on the way up.

I said goodbye just before we dropped down to the River Mole, leaving the remaining 4 (Karl had left us just before the tea stop) to head back to Bocketts. No doubt someone could supply the stats, but I was home shortly after 1130. A good winter ride, muddy trails but in sunshine. I’d take that any time for a UK ride in January. Here’s to some great riding in 2012.

Filed under Rides in January 2012

Dandy

About the author

Having been mountain biking since 1996, you might have expected Dandy to have learnt to ride a bike by now. Several broken bones in the last few years prove the maxim that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

In between hospital visits, Dandy rides a brace of much-blinged Pace RCs, the 'green themed' 405 and the silver & gold 506. His winter hack is the Moles' favourite, an On-One 456 hardtail, now converted to an Alfine hub He also dabbles in 'the dark arts', keeping 2 road bikes in one of his seven sheds.

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  1. Markymark says:

    Indeed, a short sharp blast (i recorded about 12.5 miles) on what was a beautiful and practically windless day sandwiched between two of torrential rain.

    It certainly helped me cough up the remnants of the Christmas cold which had taken hold since the Xmas meal at The Cock.

    Looking forward to another year of great riding…

  2. JonV says:

    I had fairly similar numbers too by the time we were back at Bocketts. Really enjoyed it, nice to be back with the Moles after the hiatus, and looking forward to a few more excursions.

    We certainly picked the day for it – ‘cos Monday and today have been FOUL.

  3. Karl says:

    Thanks for the ride report D’Andy.

    A good start to the year.
    Would have loved to do the second run through SS.. as I see it was competitive!

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