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ride report: comrie get together


downhill fatty

downhill fatty

Saturday 12 April saw cakeriders from st andrews, glasgow and surrey all come together at comrie croft to ride the trails and mock/marvel at the fat bike phenomenon.

Since we last rode here there has been a lot of work going on with a new non-fireroad climb out of the car park which makes the initial climb far more interesting. Though once this is done thee rocky/rooty climbing hasn’t changed and it is pretty tricky to get flow on this.

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ride report: not innerleithen

cathy on a climb that is not at innerleithen

cathy on a climb that is not at innerleithen

So the plan had been to head to innerleithen rather than the usual Glentress. A civilised meeting time of midday was arranged.

When driving towards innerleithen could spot a field with lots of event type paraphanlia but we thought it was the wrong side of the road so we would be ok. On pulling in to the car park noticing the Dudes of Hazzard van  it dawned on us that the Innerleithen Enduro was taking place and would mean some of the trails we wanted to ride might be sectioned off for Saturday practice.

Closer inspection revealed that the xc trail was shut from midday, so there was only one thing for it…glentress! read the rest of ride report: not innerleithen »

2014 challenge – march

With the baby steps towards spring expected in March I started the month with positive thoughts about building up a miles buffer.

Well I thought that whilst in the USofA on holiday so knew that there were a few lost days at the start of the month.

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So, who’s in for some April in Wales?

Cwm Carn

Having been out of the fold for a couple of years, I was excited to see some chat on the Twitter side about a trip to Wales on the last weekend in April. If I have followed this right, the idea was Cwmcarn on Saturday and something else (Forest of Dean or new rides at Afan on Sunday). The simple question is who’s in, what arrangements are in place this far and last, but not least in true Cakerider style, what tyres are you bringing??

ride report: a hill in falkland

a possibly underbiked struan

a possibly underbiked struan

A few too many raven ale’s after champagne and wine meant that we made a slightly later than planned jaunt to Falkland for a bit of downhill bike action. Getting sorted in the car park I think that Stru felt a bit underbiked on the cotic rocket compared to the silly bikes that others were riding.

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Cannock Calamities

Well, it probably was a good job Ben bailed yesterday read the rest of Cannock Calamities »

2014 challenge – february

cathy climbing at carron valley

cathy climbing at carron valley

So month 2 of the 4,000 mile 2014 challenge has proved a hard one! weather and the shortness of the month has meant getting the miles in has taken some dedication.

The month started well with a full w eek of commuting and a couple of night rides in the wet to get the legs spinning. The local loop has been used a lot in the first few weeks of 2014 to get the miles in.

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downhill at falkland

Title: downhill at falkland
Location: falkland, fife

9th March 2014 Start Time: 10:30 End Time: 15:00

Description: A trip to ride the downhill routes at Falkland, though can be pretty sure won’t be riding some of the big wooden structures…

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Ride report – Sherwood Pines Night Ride

Stealth rider

Stealth rider

After visiting a busy Mickey D’s for a Chicken Legend and a coffee, I made the short drive over to Sherwood Pines and met up with Ben, handing over a McFlurry (and then remembering it was a milk shake he had asked for).

We got ready in the darkness of the car park, surrounded by occasional bright torchlight, as other riders got ready to ride too. The weather was warm and dry, with the sky clearing.

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ride report: glentress sun and snow

snowy hills

snowy hills

After a week where there had been something that even Noah might call more than a passing shower the forecast for Sunday was one of sunshine.

Deciding that natural trails would be a tad on the boggy side we decided to head to down to Glentress for the day.

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