First Thursday Night Ride – 26/09/2013, latest night ride 28/11/13
I’d been away from Mountain Biking for about ten years. I gave my self a kick up the derrière and got back into the saddle and after some solo time (that sounds a little wrong!) and a new bike, I thought it would be a good idea to see if there was anyone else I could ride with.
Thanks to the power of Google I discovered Brighton MTB and joined them on one of their Thursday night rides. It was great to be led around Stamner Park through some of the great trails. The sight of 15 illuminated bikes cutting through the trees was amazing.
I will be back for more.
True to his word Toby has out again last night hurtling through the dark, holding pace with the pack on the singletrack and coping with all the uphill stuff without complaint. He did slip at one point and I was forced to stop otherwise I would have coped with a greasy, muddy stump easily of course but to make him feel better I waddled like a duck astride the bike over the next two to save his feelings but obviously could have managed this easily – easily.
I did slide into a tree at a later point and he did not repay the favour and made it seem easy as he casually waited and rode around it as if it was not difficult at all. My feelings were hurt at at that point.
So if you have been away for a while, e.g. ten years like Toby, then you could take a chance and return to the saddle. You also receive the cast iron guarantee that a full winter’s riding will bring you up to our gold standard of “barely mediocre” like the rest of us.
It’s really about motivation. This year several riders have had a fall that has forced time off the bike but most are back in the saddle – except me. Collapsed lungs, broken ribs, broken wrists and Alex and his famous attempt of head landing are all much more serious than me hurting a little finger but it takes ages to heal, even a little.
I have sat about a bit, looked at some bike bits and sort of waited. I have become an expert at dropping things including phones, lights, tools, cups and sugar jars. I am rubbish with a set of tyre levers. Rubbish at removing tyres that is but brilliant at random firings in all directions so you have been warned. Continue reading
Rob organised the first fun Brightonmtb Enduro on the trails he has been constructing over the last two years. Steep and challenging but excellent conditions meant the grip was good and some riders inner competitor broke through. The event was
five timed stages of about two minutes each all downhill on separate trails.
Jumps, a little woodwork, a few berms and a drop or two mixed the demands but the most comments were about some tight trees on one line. A few slips, started by Luke when walking, peppered the day and everyone lost time with these. Rob pointed out he went over the bars and lost time on one run. I have repeated it here in case anyone missed this. Continue reading
Sunday 11am 29th September
A timed set of small downhill runs with a bridleway ride back up the hill. Jumps and obstacles but jumps can be rolled and side runs are in place so suitable for the intermediate rider and above. There are different runs down the hill so not just the one trail repeated endlessly.
If you can ride all the hard bits at Stanmer you would be fine on the course but helmets, gloves and pads should be worn if you have them. It is sufficiently challenging for the best riders if you want to attack it at pace so it should be suitable for a wide range of riders. Trails are dry and quite grippy now so it is a good time to run this sort of event as summer was too dry and slippery in the dust.
Rob has spent the last two year’s building and repairing the various loops, drops, logs, jumps, ladders and woodwork and if you have not joined us on any of our rides here then you have missed out on a great little area to play in.
You can come along and watch before deciding or just to offer a helping hand on the day. Several riders will trundle/race across from Stanmer and there is a limited amount of parking nearby so check the forum for all the details.
We are hoping for a reasonable turn out on the day so there should be a bit of fun for everyone with enough riders to give everyone a challenge at their own particular level.
A backward course, a long spell of dry weather, less singletrack and an early climb – a change for better or worse?
Tuesday prior Tom was lead on a rough guide to the course. Dry, slippery in places due to the dust and riding up nice downhills raised a few complaints. Thursday night ran part of the course again with different faces, a slower pace and the lack of fun seemed apparent. Friday was a trundle with Chris Noble in greasy conditions on Michelin Dry 2 tyres. Flick and slip and slide and trouble. Down Coldean some damp roots and a tree produced a bad dislocation. Adding to all the other injured riders this year I could not even claim a speed or bravery badge as compensation. Continue reading
There should be brightonmtb pit for the day courtesy of Mike Anton so check the forum if you can help with this or the solo rider support. If you are riding there should be some willing hands to help with problems and a few friends to encourage you around the course.
I am also looking for an orange flag too.
We are making some changes to the night rides from this week.
Tom will take over the role of Tuesday Ride Co-ordinator. He will not lead all the rides but will schedule a rota of different leaders and different rides. The details of these will be emailed in advance to the Tuesday regulars to give advance notice of the rides. This may help with riding the best bike if you have an xc bike and something more for playing. It may also help with tyres and even whether to ride or drive to the start point.
There will be some changes to the start point in order to access some other areas so all rides will NOT continue to start from the normal place. A change to the start point will be highlighted in advance and will be on the forum and on the website too.
If you want to lead a ride then talk to Tom and it would help if a few riders would offer up a ride to him from the start. We can mix and match the rides and take advantage of favourable conditions too.
Obviously all Tuesday rides are subject to change if the weather changes or a ride leader is delayed so all riders should be prepared for a late change.
Mark will still ride and lead some rides but Tom takes over the reins from this week. Mark has put in a lot of time and effort to the Tuesday rides so hopefully everyone has appreciated his contribution and can find the time to tell him on the ride.
Thursday is changing too. John will take over as Thursday Ride Co-ordinator. He has decided to continue with all rides starting at the normal place but offers to be ride leader and cover a pre-planned suitable for the large groups we now enjoy are needed. John will schedule a rota of different leaders and different rides but we will stay riding in the present area. These rides will not be emailed but we will look to post advance notice on the forum.
Due to the size of the group we need to develop a small group of support riders to act as sweeper and a mid-point guide so if you would be willing to help in this way please speak to John.
I will still be riding but I would hope that there are sufficient ride leaders to allow me to be carried along with the flow but I will still bring sweets.