Sunday 13th

Sun 13th Apr 2014

Mark S reports on his most recebnt ride out.

Lets do a ride at Kielder he said. It'll be fun he said

Well we did and it was.

Mark R
Mark S

Setting off from the Cave on his todd as no one else showed up Mark S set off to meet Francis and Mark R at Kielder castle car park for a 10:30 ride time. Great to see Francis rejoin the throng after his time away living in the Lakes.

Today's ride up took us up to the very top of Deadwater Fell which is a massive climb 1900 ish ft to the mast type thingy to do the very loose and fast descent to the trail head. 
The next 2 trails of Deadwater were ridden as fast and as hard as they should be but today we decided to also ride the 'Up and Over' black route which was a very technical difficult climb with some skinny wood sections to ride across at the top and descend down the black which links up not to far to 'Olivers Twist' red. The wooden section at the bottom of this Mark S and Francis rode but Mark R decided sensibly to avoid as he is still nursing his collar bone/tendon separation injury, but we couldn't tell it was niggling him by his legendary climbing ability

Black/reds done so it was blue Osprey trails next as some had said it was swoopy and fast through the trees. Off we went but for the 1st six miles or so it was as boring as road riding (others opinions differ) till we hit a huge climb on the blue right to the of Hill 360 section. It seemed to go on forever and ever. From here on in the it was worth it and as none of us 3 had ridden this trail before it made it even better. New goodies for us. What seemed like several linked sections, all with names which I cant remember so Google em, of fast, sometimes steep flowing trails which kept your concentration to the max and fingers over the brake levers or you'd soon end up inside a tree! Back down to lakeshore before doing another blue section of 'Chick Trail before heading along the lake to the castle car park. Shattered one and all

Twas all good with no mechanicals whatsoever and the weather was on our side. It just started to spit as we were driving away. 

GPX showed 23 miles and 2700 ft of elevation gained



Terry says - Yes indeed, great to see Francis out and about again where he belongs, and he's also become a regular Thursday night attendee even with a trek home to Crook after every ride!

Mark's photos - let's call them "artists impressions"!







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Next Sunday Ride (plus other odd days) - See our Facebook page.

Next Night Ride: Thursday as usual.

Thursday nighters are 10-25 milers, 7:00pm start at ASDA East car park, Benton, 3-3.5 hours and generally OK for fit new riders but you need decent lights you can see with, NOT CANDLES. You MUST wear a cycle helmet.

Sundays are generally much longer, 8:00am to 10:00am starts from ride venue ending around teatime, and much harder rides.

Other ad-hoc rides are always being organised, see our Facebook page. Gloves, waterproof coat, snack and drink recommended. Carry basic tools.







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