2016 Rides

PARTY TIME!

Make sure you get your tickets in time for our Christmas Party on Friday 24th November from 7pm at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, right next to our usual starting point at Benton Asda. See Facebook for details, numbers and payment required BEFORE the event please. Partners welcome, of course. Palmersville Metro station is just 200 metres from the venue and Terry will NOT be taxiing! You could just kip in the beer garden and wait for Sunday morning's ride.

It seems that first timer Simon Williams didn't just break his left arm on his debut but also his right, according to mentor Colin! Glad to say he's back in the fold now (September 2017).

NMBC partnership with the French sports equipment giants, Decathlon ends after a mildly successful 12 months in 2016. 

Superb outing at Ian Browning's Birthday Ride at Innerleithen in August.

Brilliant day with the Core at Grizedale on 26th June, see list.

Strangely low turnouts from Springtime onwrards - where is everyone?

Disaster strikes Ian Browning at our Glentress Gathering on 17th April - story elsewhere.

Very enjoyable outing at Thrunton on 31st January with Justin, Chris D, John, Paul D and David E. Danger, what danger?

Ice puts the brakes on in early January.

Not too many folk venturing out just after New Year with nasty ice interfering from mid-January. Let's hope it doesn't last too long.

Advert: Biker-friendly eatery - better placed for roadies but this might be handy for some of us:

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Catch up with some of the stories from recent outings in the Highlands with Paul W, Billy, John R and Paul B on Facebook.

See some action from the Clennel Colossus where the Westerhope Branch and the Fatbiker's Friends got plenty of exercise, also on Facebook.

 

Below - Mark S and Chris go Dutch in the Cheviots.

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Below - the magnificent Forest of Ae.

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AWAYDAY SPECIAL!

Word is there could be a week in North Wales at the planning stage for some time this year. If you think you'd be interested please make yourself known on Facebook or the Forum and that will help us accommodate as many folk as we can to make it another memorable excursion for the Midaircrisis crew.

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Our members are into everything BIKE!

Currently there are several Club members engaged fairly regularly in some sort of competitive MTB (and other, less likely) series of bike events.

Principal among these folk are our Girls Group leader Amelia T who is rapidly establishing her Downhill race credentials, and our very own Doctor Lucy B who seems fond of the odd Cyclo Cross meeting.

Meanwhile, of the lads, Alun M, Chris D, Jon B and a few others are on the Enduro/Endurance path several times a year with Jon also doing quite a bit of road stuff, CX and hill climbs, all three enjoying some impressive successes. Francis M and Justin D also dabble in a bit of Downhilling at times.

If you follow the Strava social GPS tracking system you'll find some huge mileages clocked up by several NMBC members, principally Jon, Mark A, Dan W and Lucy again though much of it not off-road. It does demonstrate, however, we have some great cycling athletes in the Club and their presence on our regular rides gives us all something to aim for, or at least be impressed by!

For the majority however, it's a case of our bread-and-butter weekend Cross-Country jaunts to exotic spots like the Borders, The Lakes, Northumberland National Park or North Yorkshire while the weather often dictates staying much closer to home, the favourites being Chopwell Wood, Hamsterley Forest, Thrunton Wood or Kielder. We also do the odd Summer Holiday trip to the Alps, Scotland or Wales and a few long weekends a bit closer.

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photo stolen from Ian B's Facebook page! The Beast now has Rockshox forks!!!

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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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The bigger the group, the louder the laughs!

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