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Author:  mrkawasaki [ Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:18 pm ]
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Digital show of hands for this ride please...

http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?l ... Mach_3.gpx

No hands = no ride!

Author:  HarryCrumb [ Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:37 pm ]
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let me check with my Pa :wink:

Author:  drystonepaul [ Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:50 pm ]
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Digital hand here.

Author:  HarryCrumb [ Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:53 pm ]
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HarryCrumb wrote:
let me check with my Pa :wink:


looking like a yes from me

Author:  sinnett177 [ Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:43 pm ]
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A bit far for me I think, will probably pike.

Author:  mrkawasaki [ Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:58 pm ]
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Going to need at least 7 riders to make this viable - any other probables at this stage??

Author:  Easy_Rider [ Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:33 pm ]
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Showing my hand to this one.

Author:  Woody [ Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:04 pm ]
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I'm a maybe for this old chap.

Author:  HarryCrumb [ Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:30 pm ]
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sinnett177 wrote:
A bit far for me I think, will probably pike.


you could always jump in with me?

Author:  HarryCrumb [ Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:31 pm ]
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sinnett177 wrote:
A bit far for me I think, will probably pike.


you could always jump in with me?

Author:  sinnett177 [ Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:48 pm ]
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Will need to check the diary Martin, i'll get back to you.

Author:  HarryCrumb [ Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:41 pm ]
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sinnett177 wrote:
Will need to check the diary Martin, i'll get back to you.


no probs Mark

Author:  elPedro666 [ Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:37 pm ]
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Think I have a clash :( Looking into 'options' though... Looks a belter of a route! 8)

Author:  mrkawasaki [ Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:16 am ]
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Looks like I have a work commitment for next Friday/Saturday and with only 4 riders looking like they are able to go - I think we'll postpone (again). It's a long, long haul over to Machynlleth and back, so we'll keep our powder dry...

Author:  elPedro666 [ Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:45 am ]
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mrkawasaki wrote:
Looks like I have a work commitment for next Friday/Saturday and with only 4 riders looking like they are able to go - I think we'll postpone (again). It's a long, long haul over to Machynlleth and back, so we'll keep our powder dry...


I know it's annoying for those who were confirmed, but I'm very happy to get another chance to come! :)

Author:  drystonepaul [ Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:30 pm ]
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No problem Neil.

Anyone fancy a ride on the 8th in the Peaks instead?

Author:  Easy_Rider [ Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:50 pm ]
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I need to move house closer to some hills.

Author:  HarryCrumb [ Sat Oct 01, 2011 2:49 pm ]
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drystonepaul wrote:
No problem Neil.

Anyone fancy a ride on the 8th in the Peaks instead?


yes please

Author:  elPedro666 [ Sat Oct 01, 2011 9:01 pm ]
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HarryCrumb wrote:
drystonepaul wrote:
No problem Neil.

Anyone fancy a ride on the 8th in the Peaks instead?


yes please


I'm a tentative yesish too - need to home quite early though but fingers crossed I should make it...

Author:  HarryCrumb [ Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:08 am ]
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elPedro666 wrote:
HarryCrumb wrote:
drystonepaul wrote:
No problem Neil.

Anyone fancy a ride on the 8th in the Peaks instead?


yes please


I'm a tentative yesish too - need to home quite early though but fingers crossed I should make it...


Pete home early, is this a new concept :lol:

Author:  HarryCrumb [ Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:46 am ]
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elPedro666 wrote:
HarryCrumb wrote:
drystonepaul wrote:
No problem Neil.

Anyone fancy a ride on the 8th in the Peaks instead?


yes please


I'm a tentative yesish too - need to home quite early though but fingers crossed I should make it...


Pete home early, is this a new concept :lol:

Author:  elPedro666 [ Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:53 pm ]
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:oops:

Author:  HarryCrumb [ Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:52 pm ]
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Do we have plans yet

Iam going down to Stocksbridge Friday, and moving out from there Sat morning, so anywhere Peaks is good for me

Author:  elPedro666 [ Tue Oct 04, 2011 11:19 pm ]
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Afraid I'm looking less likely - staying at my mum's in the Midlands as she's not well so it just depends how things go but I'm erring towards 'not likely'... :(

Author:  Woody [ Thu Oct 06, 2011 3:32 pm ]
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I'm a larry let down for this , sorry guys ! :(

Author:  drystonepaul [ Thu Oct 06, 2011 3:51 pm ]
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I can't ride this weekend either. I've had problems with my stomach for the past couple of weeks.

Looks like nobody is riding anymore.

Author:  Easy_Rider [ Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:03 pm ]
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If the weather holds out I'll be heading over to the Marin trail.

Author:  elPedro666 [ Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:04 pm ]
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drystonepaul wrote:
Looks like nobody is riding anymore.


Certainly feels like that around here at the moment :cry: But Martin will be racking the miles up somewhere, have no fear! :lol:

As soon as I've got a better idea of where I'm at I'll post up a Peaks ride for anyone who can, unless someone beats me to it!

Author:  HarryCrumb [ Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:13 pm ]
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:(

mmmm what to do, I am in Stocksbridge Fri/Sat anyway and the wife and sister in-law are at the Wednesday V Chesterfield match, and my GT Avalanche is ready for the 1992 re-visited back to the peaks series (ride like your 17 again)

This is obviously a personal series based on the mountain bike book I was given for my birthday back then and the Avalanche I also had in 1992, maybe I start big then with this 38 mile monster?

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Marin Trail sounds good Gav and if I was in Preston Sat, I'd come over there and join you

Author:  elPedro666 [ Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:30 pm ]
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I've looked at that route, some big hills as well as the distance, should be superb! Such a shame I can't make it..

























:oops: :oops: :oops:

Author:  HarryCrumb [ Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:42 pm ]
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Yes book says 8 hours :shock: :shock:

Author:  elPedro666 [ Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:08 pm ]
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HarryCrumb wrote:
Yes book says 8 hours :shock: :shock:


Are you aiming for four..? :twisted: :lol:

Author:  Easy_Rider [ Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:13 pm ]
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Martin will be round in 7mins 57secs FACT

Author:  elPedro666 [ Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:21 pm ]
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Easy_Rider wrote:
Martin will be round in 7mins 57secs FACT


With two pee-breaks, one photo call and a baguette stop :lol:

Author:  HarryCrumb [ Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:32 pm ]
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elPedro666 wrote:
Easy_Rider wrote:
Martin will be round in 7mins 57secs FACT


With two pee-breaks, one photo call and a baguette stop :lol:


you read my mind Pete :wink:

Author:  HarryCrumb [ Sun Oct 09, 2011 5:37 pm ]
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HarryCrumb’s Peaks Solo Ride

Due to several changes of plans, and the fact I was staying in Stocksbridge Friday night, I decided to get out and tick off one of the routes in my MTB route book I had been given in 1992, just to make it right I used my GT Avalanche, which is the same model I had back in 1992.


09:30 08-10-2011
I left the centre of Stocksbridge heading out towards Underbank Reservoir via several small lanes climb up onto the top side of Underbank Res’.

Above Stocksbridge on the start of the lane running below Underbank Res’
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I carried on past Midhopestones and along Midhope Hall Lane, and Midhope Lane, on my way towards the Langsett Reservoir where I would join the route.

Looking down from Midhope Lane looking onto Midhope Reservoir
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Once I’d passed through Upper Midhope I joined the bridleway into Langsett Reservoirs woodland via Thickwoods lane. The trail was like a fire road and took me through the woods and along the outskirts of the reservoir.

Langsett Reservoir
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Still clean and dry, but not for much longer
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10:00 At this point I joint the route found in the “Mountain Bike Guide-Derbyshire and the Peak District” on page 34-39 “Glossop Circle”. This route is described as being 38 miles and the suggested time is 8 hours, the author also writes, “probably toughest route in this book”, “It took us about 8 hours in very dry conditions” and “The route involves roughly 3400 ft. of climbing”. So the gauntlet was down, the time was 10:00 and the ground very wet so it wasn’t looking like an early finish. The bridleway took me up onto Hingcliff Common out across open moorland and headed up onto Mickleden Edge, this was a narrow windy climb with a drop on my right hand side.

Looking up the trail ahead on Mickleden Edge
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This track continued to become Cut Gate, the terrain was a mixture of rock bed, sandy soil, peat, and rock slabs. The rain was now setting in and clouds had dropped
The descent from Cut Gate to Howden Reservoir begins
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The last bit of the descent was full of rocks and tight turns, and as you can see from the contour lines, if you have the map handy very steep. The Avalanche held out and cleared it all the way down, passing a few MTBers walking up with modern rigs. At the bottom of this descent I was now on the fire road hard pack tracks around Howden Reservoir. I followed this past Derwent Res’ and down to the A57 where it crosses Ladybower Res’

The track down past Howden Reservoir
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After going over the A57 Viaduct it was a right turn and a climb up a road, before a left turn onto a tarmac bridleway leading up to the National Trust Crookhill Farm. This was very steep and a bit of a slog. Past the farm through a gate and onto a grassy bridleway climbing up away from the reservoirs

Looking back onto Crook Hill
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This track crossed Bridge end Pasture, and then skirted a woodland along a rutted LandRover track, this was down hill and gave me a chance to get some speed up, at the end of this the was a hardpack surface which soon got more interesting with sharp switch backs and a rock bed descent leading onto the A57. It was now time for the hard slog climbing up the A57 along the Snake Pass. I arrived at the Snake Pass Inn and took in a quick Mars bar whilst checking the map and guide book so that I didn’t miss my next turning. After more climbing up the Snake I turned off right and began my journey across Doctors Gate

First signs of how this section was going to go were not looking good.
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As the weather conditions got worse with visibility low the first part of the Doctors Gate route wasn’t really rideable. Things changed as the route became rock slabs, but due to the rain is was like a river and my tyres had a few problems griping. These slabs became roman road type stones and they were even worse. This part was full of walking and riding but on looking back it was quite good, it just didn’t feel it at the time

Another hairy descent
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Wrong, this resulted in me laid out in the mud
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Eventually the track ran along side the river and came out onto a smooth track leading into Glossop, a quick map check and I joined the B6105. I left this and joined the Trans Pennine Trail, as this was safer than the road in these conditions, with the fog now quite thick, plus I think the author of the route would have chosen this option if it was available in 1992. I took the opportunity to get my baguette down my neck as it was now 15:30, my plan of getting back for 16:00 was now just a dream Following a quick glove change I crossed the A628 and continued along the Longdendale Trail via a very steep climb up from the road, this track was pretty easy going LandRover trail, and a welcomed tail wind helped me out. I crossed the A628 in deep fog and onto a minor road, which was still part of the Trans Pennine trail. This was a nice fast descent and was only broken by having to turn off right onto the bridleway along Woodland Clough, this tuned into the Snow Road leading me back to Langsett Reservoir. The time was 16:49.which meant I had at least got round the book route in 6 hours 49 mins in the wet. I followed the Swinden Lane track across the top of Langsett Reservoir and decided to join the A616 for a fast road descent back to Stocksbridge for a hot shower.

So stats are:

38 miles route in 6 hours 49mins, plus a few miles each way from Stocksbridge in rain and fog
10 photo stops, 1 piss stop, 1 Mars bar stop, and a quick baguette stop, and about 6 map checks.

Job done :wink:

Author:  drystonepaul [ Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:24 pm ]
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Good effort Martin.
That is one tough route, especially in today's conditions.

Nice to see you managed to find time to get some photos taken too.

Author:  kaya [ Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:02 pm ]
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That route sounds very similar to the "three gates " cut gate, doctors gate and I can't remember the other one :oops:

Shame the weather was so poor good effort tho :wink:

Author:  elPedro666 [ Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:20 pm ]
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Impressive stuff, especially in that muck!

Author:  HarryCrumb [ Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:29 pm ]
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cheers, it was tough but fun.

Author:  Benandemu [ Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:13 pm ]
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I read through this and was impressed with your running commentary.

I tried to imagine how challenging it will have been on that 28 mile loop, and then recalled our 'Lakes adventure' (where you and I finally joined up all the best bits of the last 10 years of Grizedale explorations into one ride) that was pretty epic at 6 hours of tough singletrack, but we had great weather and each other to talk to. It was very tiring and I was completely wrecked after it.

This must have been a tough one.

In one mind, I am thankful you didn't drag me along, and in another, I am jealous I wasn't there to share it.

Author:  HarryCrumb [ Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:22 pm ]
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This is the 4.4 miles from Stocksbridge to Langsett Reservoir, and the 4.8 miles back to stocksbridge from Langsett Reservoir

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So add this to the 38 miles from the books route and my total was 47.2 miles.

Author:  elPedro666 [ Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:23 pm ]
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:shock:
Should have done a loop of the reservoir to make it a nice round 50! :lol:

Author:  mrkawasaki [ Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:45 pm ]
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Ha! Solo Aftermaths - the future!

Great effort Martin - keep them coming!

Author:  mrlee [ Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:10 pm ]
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hats off to you martin thats one hell of a ride and to top that you did doctors gate on a rigid ,your the man 8)

Author:  mr_ship [ Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:45 pm ]
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Great pics Martin.

Author:  Easy_Rider [ Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:52 pm ]
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Fantastic effort Martin, love that you still rode in the RB bib too!

Author:  HarryCrumb [ Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:23 pm ]
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Cheers for all the comments

Doctors Gate was mad in the fog, and I did think to myself what the hell am I doing. It was like a scene from The American Werewolf in London.

Solo aftermaths the future? well they certainly highlight how may friends I have :lol:

Author:  Woody [ Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:28 pm ]
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Magnificent Martin !! Well done fella , superb write up with cool pic's 8)

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