Mountain Biking at LLandegla

The annual New Year ride at the Llandegla forest was this morning and boy did we need it πŸ™‚

When we arrived it was raining (a great start) and by the time we completed the first climb (continual 3 mile uphill) we were under attack from the snow !!

The whole ride took a little under 3 hours and we were all freezing at the end – soaked through to the skin. The ride also demonstrated that Simon is nowhere near as fit as he was this time last year as there were several sections where he had to abandon as his body was just shot – either that or the cold had kicked in and was having a massive negative effect….

Was good to get back to the ‘degla and some of the latest additions to the trail are tremendous – we should consider a trip out there in the summer to treat is out in drier, warmer conditions.

Ed, Lee, James, Simon, Sam and Sam’s mate had a great few hours followed by the winning Yeti burger in the cafe post ride.

Simon has a few new components to fit to Barbara over the coming weeks (little Christmas Gifts following Christmas cash that came in πŸ™‚ with the Chris King Ceramic Bottom Bracket sitting as the centre stage piece – looking forward to getting that on to push the bike further out of Simon’s actual capabilities πŸ™‚

Biking in Grizedale Forest

The boys took a Friday night trip to Windermere for a few cheeky pints before staying at Eds place and heading out to Grizedale Forest first thing on Saturday morning.

It was pretty cold (1 Celcius) but only a relatively short trail (circa 10 miles) but it was pretty hard going – daddy has half a cold so wasn’t feeling 100% so it took about half the ride to actually feel in the zone – the forest track sections were really good with lots of jagged rocks to keep us on our toes. The black section was visited at the end of the ride and added about another 2 miles to the overall tally as we had to get all the way back to the top of the hillside – daddy did a great job of falling off right at the top in front of the chaps who were repairing the trail – to their amusement πŸ™‚

We hope to be able to get back there sometime as it was a lot of fun all told, just a long way to go there and back in a day.