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Post by NigelP » Wed Sep 16, 2009 17:30

Is anyone riding but not racing this weekend? Not sure what the weather forecast is tho'.
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Post by Ian Long » Wed Sep 16, 2009 22:32

Not 100% sure what we are doing this weekend - we are local. Unfortunately I have a lot of work to do but may be able to sneak out for a bit, alternatively I may have to just send my financial controller...
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Post by RaV » Thu Sep 17, 2009 17:15

Hi Nigel,

Rob is doing the Lavington Blast on Sunday - see other posting for link.

Thanks for the apples the other week - they made an excellent pie :D

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Post by NigelP » Thu Sep 17, 2009 17:51

Hi Vicky

Glad the apples were of use. We have plenty more where these came from.

I remember completing the Spam Challenge with you and Paul a couple of years ago. Having seen Rob compete in the Cheddar Challenge, I am thinking about a shorter, more liesurely ride. :oops:
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Post by Al Donald » Thu Sep 17, 2009 20:25

Well, it looks like I might actually be able to get out on my bike - for the first time in over a year :shock: . Given my state of fitness, "shorter and more leisurely" sounds about right. Somewhere local(ish) would be good too; given the recent dry weather, no need to travel to the Welsh trails. Need to dust off the bike and check it over.

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Post by NigelP » Fri Sep 18, 2009 16:07

If there is an option, I would prefer to ride on Sunday. The Avonmouth bridge is a nightmare on Saturday mornings, now there are roadworks.

Rowberrow?

Welcome back Al. Good to hear there is still life after kids :shock:
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Post by Neroli » Fri Sep 18, 2009 18:57

Or as an alternative, how about Goblin Combe or Brockley Combe? This would have the advantage that they're closer for both Nigel and Al, plus we rode round the Mendips this morning :D

We would be up for a ride on Sunday morning, say 10:00.

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Post by Al Donald » Sat Sep 19, 2009 07:14

I was going to suggest a ride on my patch as you say, although it's not very technical. Could start at the little car park at bottom off Goblin Combe (just off the A370 near Lord Nelson Pub in Cleeve). I've got a route that minimises the road sections.
Aim to meet at 10.00am for a start at about 10.15am ish?

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Post by NigelP » Sat Sep 19, 2009 07:58

Sounds good to me. I have found Cleeve on the map and hope to find the car park on the day! Will aim to be there for 10 am.
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Post by Al Donald » Sat Sep 19, 2009 08:14

Nigel, the car park is the one identified on the ordnance survey map, and also the PH.
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Post by Neroli » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:19

Al Donald wrote:Could start at the little car park at bottom off Goblin Combe (just off the A370 near Lord Nelson Pub in Cleeve).
The car park is here

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Post by NigelP » Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:39

Axel, Neroli, Ian, Al and I pottered our way around Goblin's Combe and other locations. See attached map in Fugawi and GPX formats. These were all new trails for me.

There were three incidents of note:
Firstly, thanks to Al for going home to collect a skewer for the front wheel , after I discovered I had lost mine
Secondly, Neroli managed a dab in the only wet puddle for miles around (much to Ian's amusement)
Thirdly, I came as close as possible to the vertical endo when I mistimed a manual over a small log. After my nerves had settled I was a little more cautious :oops:

While I puffed and panted my way around, Al remained remarkably composed even though he had not been out on a mountain bike for over 12 months. Fatherhood must suit him.

Goodness knows how Axel was able to keep up (He must be on the same diet as Ian)

Great weather and good company. Thanks.
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Post by Ian Long » Sat Sep 26, 2009 14:19

Thanks Nigel. For the Fugawi-phobic, attached is a map
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