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Ride Report – Sunday 7 February – B Team: Mole Duo

Posted by DaveC | February 7, 2010 | 6 comments so far

Every year Keith and I seem to having at least one ride with just the two of us and with the more intrepid Moles giving it large on the DH course at Rogate we were left to enjoy a shorter, steadier XC ride.

Given this will be a short review here’s a video Erick shot a few weeks ago!

So with mud being a concern again given the steady rain throughout the week we opted for a shorter route. We headed down away from Admirals Track to avoid the muddy hell that it’s become since it’s “improvement” and opted for the “parallel” loop where we ended up back on course heading to Polseden Lacey.

Under the wooden bridges and up Yew Trees we kept a steady pace as Keith and I discussed important topics of the day. OK, ok, I was trying to work on his desire for a full susser but it was important at the time and although maybe not so convincing with me aloft a rigid singlespeed.

Once on top of Ranmore we turned and headed down my descent through the vineyard and here we encountered a fair bit of mud until we made it to the track section. This cleared the mud!! From here we headed to the front face climb of Box Hill and Keith stated he wasn’t looking forward to it!!

It is a hard climb but one that more of a psychological challenge for me especially as I cleared it last week. Teeth gritted I made it to the top with Keith still in sight so a good effort and reward enough although the real reward came in the shape of flapjack and drinks.

After a little fettling to sort a loose stem out we took on Juniper Bottom which was clear and fast today. A brief road section and then up Juniper Hill and on to Stane Street to meet up with the top of Alsation (or Alastion if you’re Tony) and start the descent home.

Alsation was not too slippery but I treated it with a degree of respect and was slow enough to see two very placid and quiet Alsations sitting in the door of what must be the kitchen just watching us go by. A marked difference from the descents of the past that named the trail. Grinding on the road from now on we arrived back in good time and now doubt earned a few extra points because of it!

Filed under Rides in February 2010


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:

    As an even more fey Mole. I didn’t even get up in time (can’t rely on kid any more to wake me up early). So I decided to make up for it with a fast non stop (really never once) trip to Leith Hill (Admirals trackway – Yew Trees – Scouting for boys – Rookery – Wolverns – Tower – Waggledance – Summer Lightening – Wolverns – Rookery – McPhersons – Rammore – Bagden Farmer – Bocketts). Then I went for a bit of a lie down. A very different Sunday from normal! Still Debbie rode for 30mins more than me on Saturday!

  2. Matt says:

    Good to hear you got out, I was resting at home from a head cold and sore neck – will be making a physio appointment tomorrow…

    I’ve posted Erick’s video to Vimeo so it now lives there and on his You Tube account. Good work Erick!!

  3. Dave says:

    Nice one Matt! The YouTube adverts are very annoying. I had to go and look up the lyrics as they sounded very Peter Gabriel/Genesis. Turns out to be Dave Matthews Band and I think I may have to get some one the basis of that track!

  4. Matt says:

    I saw the Dave Matthews Band in Hyde Park last year – pretty good, quite hard rock but well worth a listen. Let me know if you get any stuff on CD ;o)

    The lead singer (er, Dave Matthews) has a very very dry delivery when on stage. Laconic but charismatic.

  5. mike61 says:


    Its snow.

    Stop mincing find something technical – ride at it and fall off!

    Its what winter riding is made for.


  6. Mr Mincer (aka Andy C) says:

    Mincing, it’s what we Moles do best!

    Could that be the new club motto?

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