I recently moved to Brighton and joined the Brighton MTB Club. Unfortunately, I’ve now got to move back to London, but before I go I wanted to share how much I’ve enjoyed the last 3 months.
I’ve done a bit of mountain biking in the past, but to be honest nothing very serious. However, I’d heard about the great mountain biking on the South Downs and wanted to give it a go. After finding Brighton MTB on Google, I contacted Ronnie (the organizer) and was impressed by his speedy and friendly response. He advised me on where to meet and what kit I needed, including the best place to buy cheap and powerful bike lights that are essential for night riding (unfortunately my road LED bike lights weren’t quite bright enough for single track in the dark!).
Fortunately Ronnie also has some spare kit, so was able to lend me a bike light for my first few sessions. He was incredibly helpful and invited me along to the Thursday night rides, which are more suitable for slower riders.
I was hooked after the first 10 mins riding with Brighton MTB was a friendly bunch of mountain biking enthusiasts and the trails were awesome; hidden single track created by the members themselves. Riding single track is exciting in the daylight; riding at night, in the woods, amongst a large group with lights ablaze is even better! It gives you a huge adrenaline rush and a much needed kick after a long day in the office.
I found the Brighton MTB group to be a very welcoming bunch of guys. Even though I was a bit slower than some of the riders at the front, they would always wait for everybody to catch up, so I never got left behind on a ride. Furthermore, if I ever had a problem with my bike, Ronnie would be there to help me fix it.
After a few sessions in the dark, my riding and fitness rapidly improved. I also made some great friends and even started going for beers with some of the members after each ride. Sadly, due to work commitments, I’ve now got to move back to London and so won’t be able to continue with the Thursday night rides. Fortunately, Brighton MTB also regularly organise weekend rides and training sessions, which I will definitely be attending.
Thanks for a great time Ronnie, keep up the good work.
If you’re reading this and haven’t been on a ride yet, then go get involved:
Brighton MTB is, without doubt, the best thing you can do on a Thursday night!