Just to put you all at ease there were no actual collisions last night!
Myself, Jem and MarkT had opted to do a shortish, early ride in and hence met at Bocketts Farm at 6:30pm. We quickly hatched a plane and set off.
Up Admiral’s track and left into Wiggly Wood we quickly found a pace as we only had 11 gears between us and I had 9 of them. I was trying out a Maxxis Corssmark 2.25 on the front of my Scandal for the first time after finding the Nevegal a tad scary for my liking. I can confirm now that it performed excellently and Wiggly Wood was a great place to try it out. Jem almost overshot the left hand turn to take in “Keith’s tumble” and then head down via the road to the foot of Box Hill.
I couldn’t keep the SS boys in sight as we climbed the front face but I don’t think any records were in danger tonight. Time to have a brief rethink at the top and we decided to opt for a run through Headly rather than the proposed drop down Juniper Bottom. So, after popping out bythe Smith and Western Grill we took in the short road section before turning left again towards High Ashurst. Another quick right and we took in the route through the Heath in reverse fo what we did on Sunday.
Ending up at the start of Secret Singletrack we gave that section another hammering and agin the front tyre provided all the grip I could handle. Bracken height is now an issue and I suspect the trails days are numbered until Autumn.
Now it was just a short blast behind the stables to the top of Nower Wood and the run down the side of the golf club to the top of Alsation. Given the recent rain Jem and I both cautioned MarkT to take it easy down here and them promptly ignored our own advice and ragged it down the trail. Well we did until I spotted some finely honed athletes coming up Alsation and pulled aside to hurl abuse at the normal 7:30pm Mole ride coming the other way. There seemed to be some groaning from this group that we’d stood aside to let them pass.
Once that obstacle was overcome we finished the descent and MarkT commented on the “what was it like not to “take it easy” down there”. When you’ve got the grip, use it!
So we pushed on back to the farm and I was back inside before 8:30 I think (I confess I didn’t check but that feels right).