Although it pains me to type it - the strangely compelling double act that is Mark and Paul, have a happy knack of arranging top rides with top weather and company... long may it continue!
> severe lack of signage en route to Tosside - expected dayglo markers from the end of the M66...
> people riding rented bikes - what's that about??
> the ice maiden sliding down the first fire road in front of me...
> awesome turnout - although we had to wait for Dr S's Gaviscom to take effect before we could pedal off...
> young Sean cracking under the pressure exacted by the ride leader
> the Mantis random ejector seat - note to self: get some damping in that rear shock
> duck board - with ice
> fag breaks
> lots of titanium hardware on show
> chip butties - still gastronomic bliss after all these years
> easier bottom half that lulled me into a false sense of security and well being for the second, manlier half...
> at last, other people taking snaps!
So, a few black marks earnt here and there just go to prove that, unlike certain holy grails, the quest for the perfect ride must continue for Mark and Paul - would we have it any other way?!
Thanks to all that turned out - hope to ride with you again.
PS. If you want your photos just PM me you email and I'll send you what I have.
'B' LIST: 1995 Fat Chance Buck Shaver : 1997 Ballistic '917' : 1997 Ibis Alibi : 1997 ProFlex 857 : 1991 Kona Explosive : 1989 MS Racing CR1 : 1991 SCOTT Super Evo Pro : 1993 Orange Vit T2 : Brodie Kinetic : S Bike : Dave Yates Diabolo :
'A' LIST - 1992 Mountain Cycles San Andreas : 1994 Bontrager Race Lite : 1990 Marin Team Titanium : 1990 Brave Warrior : 1993 Kona Hot : 1994 Merlin Mountain : 1991 Cannonade M700 : 1988? Ritchey Ascent : 1984 Andy Powell ATB : 1990 Mantis XCR CE : 1990 Yeti Ultimate : 1989? Yeti FRO : 1994 Specialized FSR : Ibis Alibi : 1992 Alpinestars CroMega DX :