You are welcome to join any of our rides but please read details of the pace and duration of the ride.
For night rides you need off-road lights even now as it is darker in the trees and when everyone else turns on their lights it makes it difficult to ride in the group without lights.
You must wear a helmet.
Somebody falls off on every ride. It may be on a fast trail, over an obstacle, hitting a hidden stump or even over a rock at the car park. Some of us have even fallen over when stationary with one foot on the ground (me). Most of the time the only damage is mud on your clothes.
Sometimes you bump your head. That is why you wear a helmet. Please always wear a helmet when you ride.
For our rides you must wear a helmet.
John has made a rod for his own back and started the twitter account.
We will use this for rides and late changes if it proves helpful. Rides will still be emailed, on the website and the forum. Obviously you need a twitter account to tweet and my phone may be unsuitable.
Having been on a few Tuesday and Thursday Stanmer rides, Ronnie mentioned this Essex away ride that might involve some of the Hadleigh Farm Olympic course. It sounded interesting. Continue reading
As there have been a couple of training days this SATURDAY’S ride will be a play day. This will mean stopping and practising technical obstacles and not covering lots of miles. So if you wish to improve your singletrack speed or improve your jumps come along and play.
For those of you who wish a bit of a blast then tonight’s ride should be nice and dry.
Mojo has returned
All this wet weather has been keeping me off the bike recently. Work, family and training for a marathon have also had a part to play but if I’m honest the mere thought of venturing out into the cold, wet and muddy abyss has been the real reason. I just haven’t been able to summon the enthusiasm. My last ride involved rain of biblical proportions and more comedy dismounts than you’ll see at the circus. That was 2 or 3 weeks ago. For a regular rider like me 2 or 3 weeks off the bike feels like a lifetime. I was worried I might have lost my mojo and terrified I’d dump riding altogether in favour of World of Warcraft or some other geeky indoor weirdness, where the only chance of my heart rate increasing was if the curry delivery was late. I had to get out on my bike! Continue reading
Come and ride your favourite Stanmer trails and see them in a whole new light with an after-dark adventure every Thursday.
The experience of hitting the pitch-dark trails armed only with a souped-up light will definitely have you coming back for more. There’s nothing like it. At night, there’s no big, Downs views to take in, no looking way-ahead to pick the right line. Every bit of concentration is focussed on just the next few metres of trail, existing in the moment. All your senses are heightened, adrenalin is pumping and everything feels so much faster. No peripheral distractions like a day ride and beyond your pool of light is the quiet, calm – and let’s face it – a bit scary, unknown. Continue reading
Gill on the trail
This is a flagrant plea for money!
I’ve signed myself up to do the Devon Coast 2 Coast adventure race at the end of September. Having subsequently realised that this involves 225km of running, cycling and kayaking over 2 rather painful sounding days, I figured at least someone should benefit from it. So I’m raising money for Practical Action, which develops small-scale projects using appropriate technology to help alleviate poverty in developing countries.
Click here to find out more about the race (e.g. that the last of the 7 stages involves a 19 mile fell run… arghh!), the charity and if you’d like to sponsor me.
A massive thank you if you do decide to donate. So far I’ve raised £454-00 of my £650-00 target so any donation you can make is really very much appreciated. I’ll let you know how it goes (in words and pics)- once I’ve recovered that is..!
You can make donations here
This version of the site has been running for almost a year so as I wait for the cocktail of drugs to kick in and I am able to return to the saddle I would like to make good on my various promises to everyone who has put pen to paper. Continue reading