A brilliant day and proof of the versatility of GT as a meet venue.
Once we hit the top carpark tyhe group split with a rendevous set for the top of Spooky Wood.
Kaiser, Boxer, Clubby and Keithyr took the direct route to the top via the timber roads and the spooky climb, I opted for the full red route climb and Rado for the Black route climb.
Kaiser and Boxer hit spooky first by some margin and then Boxer returned in some style it seems. Then I arrived and then Rado which is frighteningly impressive as its a long tough climb especially on an alloy xc bike with minimal fork travel. Ten or so minutes later Clubby and Keith joined us where a DH rider waxed lyrical about how cool Clubby's STS was which is undoubtably true.
Spooky back down was as usual a complete blast no matter what your rig is, rigid is way slower but its still on the edge exciting.
Then Rado and I on our more XCR specific retro kit hit the blue decent whilst the rest went red to rendevous before our next section of red. Never discount blue trail, GT has some of the best in the country, fast grin inducing stuff.
At next red section, Rado and I again bypassed the red the others took, we settled for the fast loose timber road descent I think boxer must have taken but i dont think I was anywhere near 45mph although speed drifts were possible.
We all then did the 'Pie Run' and 'Mushroom Pie' and the next red bit that I can never remember the name of but by far is my favourite section of red in the entirety of GT. Finally last little bit of red where thankfully the only crash of the meet (if you exclude my embarrasing off in the carpark at the start) by Rado because he met a rock step that should not have been there, no serious damage, some laughter.
Back up via the top carpark to the start of Blue Velvet for the return which was supposed to be non stop all the way back to the bottom carpark but was inevitably interrupted by traffic. On the descent I felt totally in the zone, the old rigid xc bike was in its element, quick steering a serious plus in twisty fast single track. Over cooked but survived 2 front wheel slides and drifted the rear on more than a few occasions. Very glad I'd fitted V-Brakes though on Electric Blue as when I crested the bridge a 3 year old child was toddling around unaware very close to my exit line, what were her parents thinking taking her down that route
The rest was the usual flat out fantastic descent that we all love at GT.
The whole day was a tonic and thanks to everyone who took part.
I'm sure some photos will emerge