After failing to adhere to my “no ride if it’s rained” clause I turned up to meet with Keith at 8am for an “enhanced” Killer Mole loop.
Keith (yes, I’m pointing all blame his way) had decided that the normal Mole Killer loop wasn’t quite hard enough. So, we added in Box Hill as well.
The route started at Bocketts Farm, went to Box Hill via the front bridleway, down in Brockham, from Brockham across to the back climb into Redlands Woods and from there to the tower at Leith Hill. From the tower we went down the Mother and then climbed up to the Cricket pitch at Holmbury and on to take in Barrys before refueling at Peaslake. From Peaslake up towards the windmill and the bear right to take in some singletrack before starting the long run towards the final main climb up to Newlands. From Newlands it was a fairly straight run back to home via the Effingham detour.
After all that my GPS still only showed 38 miles although the bike computer was showing 42. No idea where the 4 miles error crept in but it was a hard ride regardless and the HRM showed 3000 calories used by the time I got home. Sitting here now I feel pretty tired as the weather was fairly unkind to us from Leith to Peaslake making the trail wet a slippery in places. Wished for a granny ring much of the way my lower back gave me a great deal of pain while heading towards Winterfold Woods. By way of consolation Keith’s XTR was making a loud, wallet hurting grinding sound much of the route.
So, bitten by the Spider.
Last year Matt borrowed my Intense Spider 29er and got unceremoniously dumped into the undergrowth by it down a steep little step. Today it was my turn. After flowing through the pine needle carpeted trail that I think is called Ewoks and dropped down at the end into a rock strewn bridleway that doubles as a river I came upon a step that seemed to have grown since my last encounter with it. Given the overall racey nature of the Spider I was simply going to slowly and the front dug in throwing me off in a graceful arc onto a rocky floor. Luckily I was able to kick the bike off over the top of me and I layed there mentally testing limbs. Apart form a few bruises and a ripped arm on my Gore shell I got away with it again.
Keith is keen to pad the ride out to 50 miles so it’s back to the drawing board to see if we can find a bit more distance. Taking in Alsation will maybe add 2 or 3 more miles and we’ll look at climbing to Newlands via Martha’s Hill. Might need to consult Rob about adding some miles round Brockham.
Overall a great ride but I will confess to having a snooze on my return home!