Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Ride report: Wednesday 21 Jan – Headley MTB loop

Posted by Matt | January 22, 2009 | 3 comments so far

As usual, Metcheck got it spot on. Normal service has resumed and last night’s ride was wet, muddy, relatively mild and very tiring. After last week’s huge turnout, this week we were down on numbers with just DaveP, Jason, Matt, Tony, Lee and myself heading up onto the hills.

But first, Happy Birthday to Jem, who was taking the opportunity to celebrate in the pub, with DaveP and Jason determined to join him as soon as possible.

So we headed out in squally weather which gradually became more intense as the evening wore on. My plan was to go up Crabtree Lane, past the big field and then continue to the Westhumble end before taking the trail along and down to Chapel Farm.

Having got there, I thought a tramp over to Tanners Hatch and up Ranmore would make a change but it was apparant that Dave and Jason were in a rush for that pub. So, we headed down to the A24 on the road where we parted ways, the remaining four of us heading up Box Hill.

By the time we’d reached the top, me flat out, Tony cruising and suggesting there was no need getting to the top too quickly or we’d be waiting in the rain it was time to say goodbye to another rider (will we ever complete a ride with the same number we started out with?).

Matt’s bike was giving him grief with the front brake almost full on. Not the ideal arrangement and not helpful when you’re climbing Box Hill. While we headed toward Headley, Matt went back via Juniper Bottom for an early night. Hope you got back OK Matt.

So, six out and halfway round, three left. In contrast we got passed twice by the Reigate riding posse who seem to have been out hunting in a pack last night (hi guys!). Lee, Tony and I finished the route via the back of Headley, Secret Singletrack and ultimately Alsation. With just the three of us it felt as though we were setting a quick pace and at the end of 16 miles I was showing an average speed of 9mph. Not bad given the heavy mud we encountered in many places with a strong head wind at times too.

Those frozen conditions of a few weeks back are now a thing of the past. But last night, despite the wet, we felt warm for much of the ride and I can’t help thinking that it won’t be long now before the balance tips toward spring. See? I told you mountain biking is great for SAD syndrome!

Bookham to Newlands Corner is planned for Sunday with Holmbury tentatively sketched in for the first Sunday in February. Why not join our Muddymoles mountain bike ride group on Upcoming to keep up to date on what we’re doing?

Filed under Rides in January 2009


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 3 comments on ‘Ride report: Wednesday 21 Jan – Headley MTB loop’

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  1. Tony says:

    “By the time we’d reached the top, me flat out, Tony cruising”

    There was no cruising from where I was sitting!

  2. Toby says:

    I nearly came and went outside to get my bike but wasn’t really in the mood then noticed it seemed damp so went back inside!

    The ‘upcoming’ site works quite well with a RSS reader, such as, as it has an RSS feed so whenever an event is created it comes through on the reader – probably only useful if you use the reader for other things.

  3. Matt says:

    Oh so close Toby! Actually out the front door but not for long!

    The ride was OK given the weather, I can’t be the only one to suddenly be feeling about half a stone heavier with all the mud around. I keep saying I’ll appreciate the hard miles come the summer.

    Agree RSS is one of the best ways to keep up to date, Google Reader is popular but I use FeedDemon as a desktop app. You choose your poison I guess…

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