Tom’s first ride

On a warm, maybe too warm, no mustn’t say such a thing in this country so lets go with humid. So on a humid Thursday evening I rolled in to the Sussex Uni car park for my first Brighton MTB club ride. I was filled with a certain amount of trepidation, with feelings of, will I be fit enough, will I be fast enough, what if they have a real fondness for 15 foot gap jumps!
As it turned out the first two I think I got away with and the third was not applicable, at least not on this ride!

So following some introductions we set off in to the woods. What followed was a fantastic mix of climbing, thankfully not too much, great technical obstacles, some of which I cleared, some I didn’t (must try harder!) and some brilliant singletrack ranging from flowing and quick, to tight and technical.

Having spent most of my recent riding alone out on the open downs it was great to be in the woods riding a brilliant mix of obstacles and singletrack with some like minded friendly folk. We were out for just over two hours and kept a nice pace, with some strategic stops at the top of ascents allowing for a quick breather but mostly keeping on the move to maximise the time we had before darkness crept in. The final descent was undertaken with just enough natural light to negate the need for lights but meant that some areas of woodland were dark enough to keep you on your toes.

All in all it was a great ride with only one real incident when someone became more personally acquainted with their handlebars whilst riding over one of the bigger obstacles. I will certainly be looking to join you all again and thanks for the tip on camelbak cleaning, apparently denture cleaning fluid is the way to go.

Cheers Tom.

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