Just back from a recce.. yep soft in places then, dry, soft again.
Mainly dry but the mud you collect sticks around, so to speak
. There are two v soft puddley bits that are 4m long at best, beyond that it's typical off-road good- to -soft stuff. Imagine cannock chase without the bike destroying element to it, more organic.
Nobody is going back the carpark with a clean bike or lower limbs
I have no bike wash facilities either unlike last year( bloody cutbacks)!
I have given my navi skills the workout to remember today with trying to minimise the boggyness and give us some tarmac to clear tyres. think i've cracked it.
As i typed 'more organic' on paragraph 2, light powdery snow floating about! Now as i type, i'm blinded by the sun with blue skies, must close the window blind so i can carry on typing.
The bottom line....
I'ts gonna be a fairly easy ride with mildly challenging but very short, sections, so it can stay as a grade 2. plenty of mud around/curry paste sections. plenty of hard-pack easy riding though. according to forecast any light showers expected 3pm-ish, we ought to be back at start point by then. only a serious deterioration in weather can make it worse or cause us to postpone. Also, i felt like i was the only person within the place today, sh*t weather has it's benefits.
just a note....
I'm going to run this(weather permitting) even if i'm lonesome, i'm bored stiff and tired of our bloody weather
. Although, any riders that are travelling any good distance i will 100% understand if it's a grind to attend for a less than 20 mile ride.
v-brakes won't stop you riding but, can clump up. cantis or ahem....disc
cough...will be optimum. maguras may be ok.
Front crud advised. once we hit the hard trails, you get a mud face pack that you don't want, free but it tastes bitter and gritty
rear crud also a good thing to help keep your seat clean. no bottles in cages, just...no!
Granny ring for some sections, martin will have to drop to middle ring.
I got round a 9-10 mile recce on a old marin with well worn paracer 2.1 with no real beef. I did have to stop and negotiate a muddy puddle at the side of a gate but, 1 metre out of 10 miles aint bad.
So far thurs and friday look ok but i will keep my eye on things.
some dry/ mildly moist bits.....http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n48 ... d3a384.jpg
This is the worst bit, stick to the right, power on and you through! 4-5 metres long.http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n48 ... 301bf2.jpg
so, where are ya?http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n48 ... a7498a.jpg
Ride yorkshire on an old bike.