The good weather held for the Junior ride. Two dads and four lads cycled out for a hard zig zag up to the top of Yorkley Slade. From the top fast dried mud and sand brought us down to Wenchford and the second big climb to the crest of Bradley Hill. Again a fast spin down and then easy to a steep descent through old leaves. Down Dr John’s back into Parkend the lads showed the dads their metal – literally leaving them in the dust.
Only 5 out today, I guess mothering Sunday had something to do with that. Adam T, Alan J, Simon McM, Dave McD and myself headed out into Worcester and the foothills
of the Malvern’s. A bit cold and damp first thing but it brightened up as the day went on. Unfortunately no coffee stop, as we couldn’t find one enroute
but it was a good ride with a few roads thrown in that none of us had ridden before. 66miles…..done!
The Goshawk Wentwood 50 is now a key fixture on the calendar of the RDFCC mtb riders, that can be said for a lot of other riders as places were all sold before Christmas. In it’s second year the event has taken on all the feedback of last year with improved course marking, faster sign on and plenty of facilities at the start/finish area.
8 RDFCC riders turned out for the event this year, Jonathan Batts, Paul Jones, Martin Green, Henry ‘H’ McGill, Martin Newman, Antony Pollard, Adam Taylor and John Linden. What appeared to be a sunny late winters day in the forest turned into a “pea soup” as we all arrived to sign on, luckily at the rider briefing we were informed that up on the Wentwood hills it was clear and we’d be “riding on clouds”.
The route kicked off with 4 miles of climbing through country lanes before hitting the single track which was pretty moist with muddy patches. Tyre choice was a key point of discussion before the event and it appeared mud tyres would make for a less sketchy 3-4 hours in the saddle. The route changed little from the previous year but was still a joy to ride with long challenging technical descents followed by either long technical climbs or fire roads. As we churned the gears the sun burnt away all the mist and riders were greeted with sunshine as we dropped down off the hills back to the finish.
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Adam Taylor led the RDFCC guys home, completing 50kms in 3hrs21min, Martin Green followed in 3hrs51mins. John Linden, Ant Pollard and H all finished within 4 hrs with Jon Batts just outside. Martin Newman chose the 40km route finishing in 3hrs40min. Ride of the day goes to Paul Jones, who opted for the 25km distance in 2011, but went for the full 50km this year.
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Sunday’s Club MTB Ride started on the chilly side then the day just got better..5 turned up for a ride to Goodrich Castle & Back..Battsy, Ad the web,Jones the Plod,Dr John et Moi who devised the route…we bumped into Julie “Canicross” Bailey at Mallards where there was mushing a plenty and Julie whipped out her Kodak Brownie for a quick photo of the lads…..the route nurdled around before arriving in Ruardean where a kind sheep farmer confirmed our route down to Bishopswood..post refreshments at the Castle cafe the group returned to Pedalaway via Huntsham Bridge and the riverside path to Lydbrook and trails tracking the Cannop Valley…
It was great to have perfect weather for our first Junior MTB Club Ride today. A group of 11 children
and their parents left Dean Forest Cycles and followed the road up out of Parkend to the church and
into Oakenhill Wood.
We turned right onto the fire road and followed it around the loop, crossed the Parkend/Yorkley
road behind the Rising Sun and picked up the road that leads to New Fancy View, taking a left
into Stone Edge at the next track entrance. Here we followed the track until Boys Grave and
then headed left down a series of singletracks to Cannop Ponds. We used the Cycle Trail to
Pedalabikeaway and then up onto the fire road below the downhill runs, where we went left,
crossing the Speech House Road before going left down a lovely bit of singletrack to Cannop Ponds.
We then followed the family trail for about ½ mile before turning left into Fairmoor Green and back
onto singletrack into Parkend. We covered approximately 11 miles.
About half of the children replenished some of their energy with a cake and drink at the Kona Café.
All seemed to enjoy themselves and are keen to come on the next ride in a fortnight.
Thanks to all those who attended and made the ride so successful. Thanks also to Adam & Dan for
helping lead & organise the group.
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10 out on the lumpy long ride, Steve P, Alan J, Adam T, H, Alistair, John L, Paul J, Chris & Jack Reed and myself. Over to Monmouth via Bigsweir, Catbrook, Trellech and the Narth, then the fast descent, with the fantastic backdrop of the Brecon’s and Black mtns., to the posh coffee stop in Monmouth, where we sat outside and enjoyed the warmth from the mid-day sun. Coffee & cake consumed, it was over to Skenfrith then back over the gruelling climb up to Welsh Newton. Climbing done, it was then down through Llangrove to Goodrich, with a fast finish along the Wye & Cannop Valley’s.
Legs are now aching….looking forward to some well earned glasses of vin rouge to help with the recovery!
Yup loads out for the Road Rides today..the vast majority plumping for Antony’s longer 55 mile foray over the border into Welsh Wales…4 of us on the shorter,40 mile ride, the McMillans,Steve 2 Rivers et moi… lovely morning..rode to Ross for a cafe stop in the Tram Shed Cafe via Goodrich,Whitchurch,Llangrove,Llangarron & Glewstone…home via the Wye & Cannop Valleys…