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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:49 pm 
North West Deputy AEC
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Well that was a bit wet wasn't it, sorry for the sunny advert pics as clearly that was not the flavour for today.
With seven riders we set off down the grinding paste trail into the grim of Woodhead, with spirits high and the wind behind us all is well untill we hit the junction above the tunnels and then the head wind the rain the cold and of course the lack of vitamin D we start the decsent down to nine lady's bridge, by now things are going sour pedaling hard and fighting the wind and the occasional snow drift it takes some time to get down the normaly extremely fast downhill.
Oh well next section please round to Crowden, the wind has backed off but now its time for a mud fest with added mud, following the contours and mud and A porly freehub on the 19 year old trek we eventualy arrive at mud woods and thats about it there were no discusions about anything nothing to read here carry on.
With a quick tarmac climb out of Crowden and spirits warming up again
we are on the last leg of the ride with a quick blast through the mud (aka speeder bike woods) and some turnstile truing classes by dsp we hit the last part of the old manchester road, its time to reflect on the grimness that was as we pass the excitable old boy raving to the tunes in his head its back up the ex railway line and back to the safety of our cars.

so it begins
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the line up
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the step of most certain doo
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another line up
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woodhead at the end of the trail
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above the tunnel
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stile truing with drystonepaul
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A big thanks to all that braved the weather I hope you had some enjoyment at some point during the ride, only kidding I had a great day even with an ankle that looks(and feels) like its been under bus.
I hope too see you all at the three tribes meet at hayfield in a fortnite
and im glad you made it home safely Rich :wink:

Lee.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:16 pm 
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Really good day, I really enjoyed it! Nice to find some new routes around somewhere I used to ride regularly.
Surprisingly the bike was completely clean after just a few minutes with the hose!


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:45 pm 
National & North West AEC
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For a gentle ride around Longendale, this was rather tough in places. Mostly when the persistent drizzle blurred my vision on the headwind affected downhills.

Thoroughly enjoyed it though. Really nice little route.

Remember though; what was said in the woods, stays in the woods.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:13 pm 
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Great day although I'm binning the boutique Machinetechs and going for an Altus setup - got to be an improvement! Bit knackered now though...

Top job organising Mrlee and good company all round... And even did a bit of business out of the spares box - thanks guys!

Going to crack a Stella and watch the Moto GP.

Drystone Paul leading Mod duties in assembling everyone on the Sh*tstep...

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The line up (before two fell over...)

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A fitting tribute to Jim Marshall.... oh, wrong type of Amp...!

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A reservoir.

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MrLees steed... want some of those XC Pro champagne levers quite badly now.

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Two from across the pond..

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From L-R, Crashhappy, Meinhost & Harrycrumb

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God, I'm tired and got no brakes...

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All types of terrain encountered - but mainly mud.

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Dirty boy!

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Can you still claim NOS after just one ride...?

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Drystone Pauls (extreme left) homage to that god of a groupset STX RC - seriously!

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Bagged a brief ride on this Ti beauty, but soon got mine back ... Did I mention the dodgy brakes at all today?

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This had Mags - so stopped OK...

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:14 pm 
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ace day lot o fun nice not to fall off
and I agree it needs to stay in the woods lol

Hey ringo is that a M5 hiding at the top of your drive ????

MMMMMM V8 :P


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:48 pm 
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Yes, well in as much as an M5 can hide on a drive...

The wife drives it all the time...

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:59 pm 
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Well I think you need to put her in your ford and bring the M5 for the next ride I'll mind your keys 😊


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:23 pm 
North West Deputy AEC
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some pics up top ^ :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:23 am 
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Good to be back on the trails again despite the constant drizzle

also the car park jumble and and road trip to Lee's cave was well received

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:35 pm 
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Just noticed my saddle is scraped to pieces after yesterday's ride, the leathers really worn?!


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