Rossendale MTB Ride July 10th 2010
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Author:  sinnett177 [ Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Rossendale MTB Ride July 10th 2010

The next NW&NWA ride will be back on my old trails in Rossendale, Lancashire. There is some great riding to found here and its well worth a visit.

This won't be a flogging and the total distance should be sub 20 miles, but there are 2 two climbs of a substantial nature (1 x tarmac and 1 x fire road). The terrain is mostly moorland tracks, but it does include some small sections of road, cycle tracks and fire road.

The date is Saturday July 10th and the meeting time is 10am for a 1030 start at the White Horse Pub Helmshore (meet in car park at the rear).

Please post up if interested, should be a cracker.

Author:  drystonepaul [ Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:40 pm ]
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I'll be there.

Author:  Woody [ Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:20 am ]
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Put me on the team sheet for this one Mark :wink:

Author:  mrkawasaki [ Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:46 pm ]
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Hope to be - but with three major cycling activities in the three weeks prior, there may be some diplomacy (re. DIY bartering) required...

Mr K

Author:  elPedro666 [ Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:36 am ]
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mrkawasaki wrote:
Hope to be - but with three major cycling activities in the three weeks prior, there may be some diplomacy (re. DIY bartering) required...

Mr K

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Aw crap, just checked & this is the weekend we're going away for her ladyship's Birthday :evil:

Been wanting to explore this area for a while too, would've been very keen - and riding Retro this time too (still feel slightly dishonest at my RB rider banner :oops:)! :(

Still, at least this should bring good weather for you all...! Drop me a line if you do any recce rides... :wink:


Author:  sinnett177 [ Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:00 pm ]
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Hi Pete,

Don't think i'll have time for a recce on this one, they are my old trails so don't really need one.

Would'nt worry though as i'm sure there will be plenty more opportunities.

Author:  mr_ship [ Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:33 am ]
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Offshore Mark :cry:

Author:  sinnett177 [ Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:22 pm ]
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mr_ship wrote:
Offshore Mark :cry:

Hard luck once more Richard.

Anymore so far I make it DSP, Woody and me.

Author:  sinnett177 [ Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:52 pm ]
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Top ride yesterday, will post up pics and an aftermath in next few days.

Author:  sinnett177 [ Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:27 pm ]
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Aftermath (without pictures)!

Well seeing as I have a spare few minutes at work I though i'd put down some words about Saturdays ride.

I'd planned the ride in Rossendale for a couple of reasons, firstly it was local to good number of NW&NWA Retrobikers, secondly the riding was achievable for members who fancied giving a retrobike ride ago and finally because these are the trails I learned on BiTD.

So it was bit of a disappointment when it emerged only Woody (Chris) and I arrived at the start point, the White Horse pub in Helmshore. However its sometimes nice to have these more personal rides as you get to know each other that little bit better. Also Chris always brings bikes of great interest and so there is always plenty to talk about. This time he brought he's newly built Litespeed which is absolutely stunning and I rode the ti-mega for a change.

Off we set, immediately off-road on a bridleway to the beautiful village of Irwell Vale, we then followed the Irwell river to Ramsbottom and followed the road to the town center. I had given warning about a couple of hills in this ride in the introduction, but myself and Chris made light work of the infamous Upper Ramsbottom Rake with Chris annoyingly hardly breaking a sweat! This is hill commonly used for training by keen cyclists due to its savage incline.

Once we reached the top of the Rake the view to our front was of Holcombe Hill with the Peel monument towering high above us, we would be climbing this later, this time we headed around the side towards the 'Horse shoe'. The horse shoe is a nice bit of riding that skirts around the old Krypton Factor assault course, but as luck would have it the Army were using the rifle range and so access was restricted. We doubled back at the red flags and hit the long dusty climb to the top of the hill. After enduring the climbing, heat, dust and a rather poor walker/comedian/retard we reached Peel tower, built to celebrate the life of Prime Minister Robert Peel it towers high and gives great views over Manchester, Pendle and the Rossendale Valley (on a good day you can see Inglebrough too). We stopped and had a breather and enjoyed the view of both Manchester and the newly named 'titanium tower' due to the two ti bikes parked below.

We continued on across the moors enjoying some nice singletrack and moorland tracks until we reached Pilgrims Cross, a monument that marks the spot that Pilgrims on route to Whalley Abbey would rest at. Here we took a few more pictures before hitting more singletrack that took us to 'Robin Hoods Well' on the corner of the moor overlooking Tor hill (a table top shaped hill where early human settlements have been found). A fast arm numbing downhill awaited us that took us back to the cars and the White Horse pub. This was to be it for a group ride, but Chris and I had blasted round in just 1 hour 30, so we continued on across the valley for more riding.

We arrived back some hours later after finding new trails, enjoying some nice forest trails, visiting an old LBS of mine and having another bash over Holcombe Moor. With tired legs a pint was in order but to my embarassment the pub (one I've recced many times before) was closed down and under going some refurbishment.

Sorry Chris we'll have a pint next time :D , hope you enjoyed the ride as much as I did. Pictures to follow once I get a chance to download them off the camera.

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