Gorrick Spring Series Races

January 22, 2013

Here are the dates and venues for the Spring race series. All of them are reachable reasonably easily by train from London. If you’re no racing whippet it’s still a great idea to do the fun race at a leisurely pace, as it’s a great way to find and learn new trails.

Rnd 2: Sunday 17 February – Tunnel Hill, Pirbright, Mytchett, Hants.
Rnd 3: Sunday 3 March – Crowthorne Wood, Bracknell Rd, Crowthorne, Berks.
Rnd 4: Sunday 24 March – Porridge Pot Hill, Deepcut, Camberley, Surrey.
Rnd 5: Sunday 7 April – Frith Hill, Deepcut, Camberley, Surrey.

(Round one was cancelled due to the Swinley trailbuilding works).

More info from http://www.gorrick.com/

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Snowy Surrey Hills Ride

January 20, 2013

Snowy Surrey Hills Ride

Three of us were out in the snow today. We did a fairly modest ride from Leatherhead, up onto Ranmore, down into the valley then up and over to Dorking Station. Snowy rides like this are great fun and total eye candy but you can’t cover the same amount of ground as the going is quite heavy. Lovely ride! No mud! Click the photo to see more photos.

This is pretty good, particularly as it’s free!

http://www.imbikemag.com/issue21

We’re planning a Surrey Hills ride for Sunday 20th. Looks like we’re probably heading for the 09:02 Dorking train from Waterloo. Keep an eye on the email group if you’re interested. Hope the cold weather continues and all the mud is frozen!
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/london_mtb/

New Bike Park at Merthy Tydfil

This looks like fun. Unfortunately, it takes 3h16 by train from Paddington. Still, might be worth an away-day when it’s finished!

http://www.chopmtb.com/2013/01/14/check-out-the-plans-for-bikepark-wales-its-like-a-whistler-for-trail-riders/

http://www.bikeparkwales.com/

Trail Ride

January 5, 2011

For anyone interested in getting a bit of dirt under their tyres this weekend, here’s a Trail Break event within easy striking distance of London.

http://bit.ly/e9o80v

Looks easy enough by train [08:15 Waterloo to Godalming 09:00]

We all went our different directions over the Xmas/NY break, for various reasons.

On 30th Jan, the Berks on Bikes MTB club was in town for their annual City Slickers ride, which involves about 50 miles of riding from Chiswick to Docklands and back, mostly along the Thames Path, usually with lots of A bike and some snowdiversions to test the bikes’ suspension on flights of steps. One of the riders couldn’t quite manage to ride back up the steps in front of the fountains in Battersea Park so, instead of the straightforward approach, he demonstrated a much more impressive ascent. Starting by trackstanding his 7″-fork hardtail parallel with the bottom step, he started to hop sideways up one step at a time, trials-style. He made it right to the top: very impressive!

Three of us went out on New Years Day to Swinley for a short blast. Though all the snow had melted, the mud wasn’t too bad. It’s the best way to kick off a new year, for sure!

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