BBMBC Tuesday Pootle…. Walton Wonderland

23072009432Excellent ride with the club Tuesday night, just so busy at work I’ve not had time to write it up. I’ll do my best to get something out this afternoon. Mean while some dark photo’s of the ride are on my flickr page [link on the left]



Tuesday Pootle – Resevoir Raid!

Great ride with the Bad Brains Pootle crew tonight, though the definition of a pootle is not what I remember or thought it was I’m knackered! really cool ride with the best twisty turny hard hitting single track ride.

This ride was described by Big Al as a 2hours of giving head, the flats and and downhills you are definitely on the receiving end but the climbs let you know you are the giver!

There were plenty of stops of chats and even a bit of yorkshire rain did not dampen any spirits.

My only niggle and it’s not really a niggle is the continuing stinging pains in my arms and legs from being ripped to shred by thistles, brambles, thorns and nettles almost immediately into the 1st decent and then it just continued, well thats what a warm wet summer will do I guess. I don’t know if it makes you look daft or really tough to be riding along bleeding from both arms…. I say tough.

Excellent ride though guys I really enjoyed it so much fun and not a single crash in sight… for me any way.

Now working nights in the rain at the side of the road.

Not as planned.

When things do not go as planned sometimes it is a real disappointment and frustration and then sometime just sometimes life suprises you and because things didn’t go as planned you are here to tell the tale.

I maybe exagerating a bit but I think if i’d done what I wanted to today i may have been in a real sorry state.  Let me tell the tale.

My original plan for this morning was to get up at the crack of dawn head out to ladybower resevoir for 5-6 hours of instensive MTB riding with lots of climbing and lots of descending [oddly they often g together] But the evil empire that is work life hit me with a broadside requiring my presence at the office at 8am…. bike ride vs work….. damn it!

So following the brief time of penance at the office I sent off but realised I didn’t really have time now to get to derwent, do the ride and get some sleep before work tonight [yes they work me day and night… aww.. your sympathy is appreciated but sleep is for wimps and sunday afternoons] Anyway.

I decided that the best option would be Sherwood Pines. The closest trail centre to us.

Arrival at 11am. Get all gear out of car jump on the steed and off we go….. go back lock car, Off we go!…… go back retrieve phone from car, Off we go!!!

The new XC red route takes you round an almost continuous singletrack twist and turn ride for miles. It is great fun, I’d recommend doing it in bursts as I was just going at it full baw for the full loop and I was cooked by the end. That had been my plan but cooked I was….. someone said it was the hottest day of the year so far and I believe them the car registered 26° C [79° F] and that is warm for old blighty!

I made a couple of errors in my mad run of 7miles of singletrack attack then 15miles of high paced fire road suffering. I put two Noon tablets in my 3 litre camelbak which made it taste horrible and I can not work out wether it was this or the heat that made me feel so sick.

But sick i felt, stomach ache and even after eating and energy bar and sandwiches I still felt rubbish.  I’d push on for a bit feel ok then the cramps would start, nausea and this would come and go for the whole morning.

So I’m wondering what I broke, me? or the mixture? Thoughts and training in the heat suggestions appreciated. Thanks

Sherwood Pines Ride = single track heaven!

It was the kids holiday week a couple of weeks ago and on the Monday all the family were planning to go meet friends, they just happened to be hitting the only trail centre for 100 miles so the wife suggested I take the bike and have a blast….err OK! 

Upon arrival I unpacked the family and sent them on their way, called at the shop for a map, there I was advised that there was a new trail! New Trail sounds fun and it was. I hacked my way round for about an hour and was amazed,

  1. The new trail is really fun.
  2. My legs are awesome!!

Merely a week ago I was feeling out of puff riding the Kona to and from work and after a week on the single speed I have legs like iron pistons there’s no stopping them! Which meant that I was flying round the twisty turns, the single track was well drained and for the most part easily ride-able making for a great ride!

I eventually regrouped the family for lunch and then off again for another hour, this time I returned to the trails me and Amy have run through before, the lighten bars and single 36T front chain ring were such a good idea because they made the handling and ground clearance fantastic! Another hour of single-track heaven and I was cooked and span away back to the car park. Great ride out!