Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Ride report: Sunday 26 Oct

Posted by Matt | October 27, 2008 | 2 comments so far

With Metcheck predicting rain it was perhaps no surprise that Sunday saw us getting wetter than a sackful of cod. It rained, persistently and without let up for most of the ride, providing hazardous riding conditions and testing our general resolve.

I was out mainly to welcome a couple of new riders, Danny and Cathy and to meet up with our other regulars, including Tony who I had hitherto not had the chance to meet. So eight of us headed out onto the Ranmore Hills.

With conditions so bad we decided to keep things relatively simple, especially as with new riders and my own hazard radar on full alert it seemed the sensible thing to do. Even so we successfully tackled the Land Rover descent in all it’s wet, rooty glory before heading back up to Ranmore and across to Box Hill.

Unfortunately, with such mucky conditions we had to say goodbye to Danny as his brake pads were shot, so he headed back along the A24. After that, Jez and Jason suffered commitment issues (though not before taking on some cake at Box Hill!) and the rest of us carried on across Headley after briefly meeting Epsom Dave out on a solo ride. All in all, pretty hard work.

By the time we arrived back at Bockett’s we were cold and very wet and I was glad I only had another mile to go. Fair play to all who came out on such a miserable day, it was one of those occasions when just covering the miles was a result in itself. Hopefully we’ll see everyone again soon when the conditions might be more favourable.

At least I finished the day feeling a bit more confidant about my riding after getting down Land Rover and generally getting more acquainted with the slippery conditions.

Filed under Rides in October 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.

There are 2 comments on ‘Ride report: Sunday 26 Oct’

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  1. Julian says:

    Where is Land Rover?

  2. Matt says:

    It takes you down from the North Downs Way to the Wescott side of Ranmore. You might already know it?

    We call it Land Rover because there’s a burnt out Land Rover half down…

    Hope that helps Julian,

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