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Author:  ededwards [ Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:09 pm ]
Post subject:  West Midlands Rides 2012

Time strolls on and it’s as well to be thinking about West Midlands rides in 2012 now. I understand that the National Ride Calendar will be out soon but fixed dates that we know are:

Sunday 15th April 2012 - The Hell of North Cotswolds (AKA HONC)
22nd, 23rd, 24th June 2012 - Mountain Mayhem

To give some sort of structure to the Regional Rides though, how about we aim to put something on first weekend of each month (this may be half a dozen of us or just someone who says “I’m off for a ride in my local woods this Saturday if anyone fancies joining me”)? This of course doesn’t mean that we can’t get together at other times, far from it, but hopefully gives us at least one a month. So, potential dates are:

10 a.m. 22nd January 2012 - FoD http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=181401

4th February 2012 - Haugh Woods http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=183804

4th March 2012 - leckhampton hill cheltenham http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=186356

1st April 2012 - Forest of Dean-New Fancy Ride http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=190615

5th May 2012 - Cotswolds Ride (daj) http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=197710

9th June 2012 - Final MM Training Camp in FoD http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=202407

21st July 2012 - Herefordshire Road Ride (EE) http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=206103

5th August 2012 - British steel ride FoD http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... 85#1512185

1st/2nd September 2012 - Cancelled ;o(

14th October 2012 - Long Mynd ~ http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=221233

17th November 2012 - Road ride Gospel pass Retro Road Ride - Gospel Pass Saturday 17th November 2012http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=223720&highlight=real+ale+wobble
or MTB Real Ale Wobble 17/18th November http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... ale+wobble

8th December 2012 - Ed's Christmas ride


Fancy putting something on? Post up on this thread and we’ll update the above as we go.


And what about venues? I’d have thought that the following have to be worth a go:
- FoD (of course – we may want to put on something and invite a little more widely?)
- Elan Valley
- Black Mountains
- Gap ride
- Cotswolds
- Long Mynd
- Malvern Hills
- Haugh Woods
etc.

Crucially, NONE of this post is set in stone (well, HONC and MM are), just thoughts/suggestions to start things off and any ideas that you’ve got are more than welcome. And please, don’t be put off by thoughts of ‘organising a ride’ – it really is just a small group of people going for a morning or day out together.

Author:  daj [ Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:48 pm ]
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I will host a Cotswold ride Ed 8)

Not fussed on date may or June quite takes me fancy but maybe to close to the HONC in may? Or March for a HONC warm up? Or June ...Nice boot camp get together before Mayhem? tell you what ..Surprise me and put it on the calender :lol:

August is the weekend before the wedding!! :shock:

Author:  theredchili [ Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:43 pm ]
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I can make some of these dates, but sadly not as many as i would like , will have to play it by ear :(

Author:  ededwards [ Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:07 pm ]
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Any more offers to host a ride - so far I've gone with Haugh Woods for the lot :wink:

Seriously, if you fancy showing us around your local trails then please post up (and don't be shy about suggesting an alternative date to the above - they are far from set in stone and as long as there's no clash with the National Rides ....).

2012 - older, thinner, faster (or at least one of the three).

Author:  mass199 [ Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:22 pm ]
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I could host a Malvern ride. :D

I will do some route research.

Will keep you posted.

Author:  theredchili [ Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:00 pm ]
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I'm up for hosting a few , Black Mountains , FoD , etc

Author:  daj [ Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:50 pm ]
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-The November date will be Annual FOD firework bonanza meet
-May date I will take as Cotswold ride
-June I would suggest as Forest of Dean pre-Mayhem gathering (Eds final team talk shakedown workout)

We have the Road ride in July, Could we have that as our date and try and get our regular mtb riders out on the road for the day? Cheap to hire as I did and be a great introduction.

I cant wait to get going loads to look forward too 8)

Author:  ededwards [ Sun Jan 01, 2012 1:36 pm ]
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Excellent stuff, I've edited the first post.

Ed (orange71) is also talking about arranging and leading on a joint East/South and West Midlands ride on the Long Mynd which would be great. More details to follow.

Author:  theredchili [ Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:36 pm ]
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Put the August date down as the Black Mountains and I will sort out a route :wink:

Author:  Coleman [ Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:09 pm ]
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This looks good and is kind of in our area - anyone done it before?

http://www.roughride.co.uk/poster.html

Author:  daj [ Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:47 pm ]
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nevadasmith wrote:
This looks good and is kind of in our area - anyone done it before?

http://www.roughride.co.uk/poster.html


I had a look too linking from honc site ...Big climbing routes short route has 4500ft of climbing :D

Author:  claret73 [ Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:12 pm ]
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Looking at those dates, I could be up for putting in a lead with Adrian (What's his Avatar Name on here) over Bredon Hill - NB For Daj, Not 'Brendon'... :lol:
For me though would have to be September, if these dates are the definite consensus where everybody can attend? Or could look to punt it in during the early Summer Months?...A long way off, so have plenty of time to bat this around to get a Happy Medium...

Author:  daj [ Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:18 pm ]
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Ok lets put it in for Sept 8) Brenpom it is!! :lol:

Author:  claret73 [ Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:23 pm ]
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Well, that's me committed...Now who's Adrian as I'll get in touch with him ref his route...

Author:  daj [ Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:08 pm ]
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claret73 wrote:
Well, that's me committed...Now who's Adrian as I'll get in touch with him ref his route...


Nevadasmith see further up post for his details 8)

Author:  theredchili [ Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:44 pm ]
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Few dates have now been "Tweaked" looking good as the months are filling up 8) :D

Author:  Coleman [ Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:45 am ]
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We could maybe try one of these one month:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=130521

Author:  claret73 [ Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:45 am ]
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Adrian, I think that Bredon Hill run is the one I did from a similar book titled the West Mids. All access was still available. I was going to contact you as Daj said you had a route? Think that route needs some tweeking? The climb up to Bredon is a slog as there are lots of Farm Gates which means plenty of pushing. Nice riding though on a Sunny day, maybe it can be linked with another route to extend it?

Author:  claret73 [ Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:47 am ]
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James, I'll get the Maps out this week & pencil a route together over Bredon Hill. Put that down for 1st/2nd September. If it all goes Pete Tong, I'm sure there'll be other options & time...Andy

Author:  claret73 [ Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:50 am ]
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I tell a lie. It's longer at 30km. 18km Off & 12km on lanes. Maybe we're a bit 'Harder' in The West Midlands? :lol: :lol:

Author:  daj [ Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:57 am ]
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I have a modern (couple of years old) Cotswold route book that has loads I have not tried will see if that covers the hill , will report back later when at home!

Author:  claret73 [ Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:08 pm ]
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Nice one Daj...I rode it last year & the route was still open to Biking.

Author:  Coleman [ Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:06 pm ]
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claret73 wrote:
Adrian, I think that Bredon Hill run is the one I did from a similar book titled the West Mids. All access was still available. I was going to contact you as Daj said you had a route? Think that route needs some tweeking? The climb up to Bredon is a slog as there are lots of Farm Gates which means plenty of pushing. Nice riding though on a Sunny day, maybe it can be linked with another route to extend it?


Andy, This was the route that I had in mind. I think it was also featured in MBR not too long ago - I'll have a look and see if I still have it. Cheers Adrian

Author:  claret73 [ Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:57 pm ]
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Great Stuff! When I'd dropped off the hill & was riding back towards Beckford, one of the Villages took you back up towards Bredon Hill. You could, legs permitting, climb back up. I remember from the OS Map I had, there were possibilities of extending the time spent on the hill...I'll look into it this week...

Author:  daj [ Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:37 am ]
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it has one!!

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Author:  claret73 [ Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:40 am ]
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Superb...we all need to bang heads...this could turn into a Pub Planning meet...

Author:  spencer13 [ Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:58 pm ]
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dudes whats going on this weekend leckhampton ? my girlfriend has just moved to cheltenham so am in the area at the weekend
cheers
spence

Author:  daj [ Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:09 pm ]
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Spencer come and join us Sunday morning/lunchtime going for a scoot around the local hill and surrounding area with a cheeky pint stop 8)

Author:  Russell [ Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:12 pm ]
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Ref: Bredon Hill.

My parents live about 2 miles away from the place and it was my 'local hill' when I lived with them.

With enough warning, I'm sure they wouldn't mind us using their place as a meet up point and I might even be able to convince them to fire up the BBQ afterwards, if the weather plays ball.

Author:  spencer13 [ Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:15 pm ]
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cool what time and where?

Author:  daj [ Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:20 pm ]
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Russell wrote:
Ref: Bredon Hill.

My parents live about 2 miles away from the place and it was my 'local hill' when I lived with them.

With enough warning, I'm sure they wouldn't mind us using their place as a meet up point and I might even be able to convince them to fire up the BBQ afterwards, if the weather plays ball.


Russell that sounds brilliant :D

Spencer Here are the details be great to see you there

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=186356

Author:  theredchili [ Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:07 pm ]
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Dates amended (provisionally) to incorporate the "British Steel Ride"

5 th August

Author:  theredchili [ Tue May 15, 2012 9:16 am ]
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Updated to show Junes ride

Author:  daj [ Tue May 15, 2012 9:36 pm ]
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Blimey we only have 1 free date now for the rest of the year, Think it would be nice if Ed is willing to have the christmas ride again in Hereford. That would just leave Oct :D

Author:  mass199 [ Tue May 15, 2012 11:08 pm ]
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daj wrote:
Blimey we only have 1 free date now for the rest of the year, Think it would be nice if Ed is willing to have the christmas ride again in Hereford. That would just leave Oct :D


I can do a route local to me, close to Ross on Wye to fill this date if you have no other takers?

Author:  ededwards [ Wed May 16, 2012 7:48 am ]
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Yes, can do a Christmas ride in Hereford again.

Author:  grumpycommuter [ Thu May 31, 2012 9:52 pm ]
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I know Spence is desperate to do an off road ride up here...if i forget can someone poke him with a sharp stick on Saturday...it could do for the October ride?

Author:  daj [ Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:11 pm ]
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Updated Novembers rides

With many west Mid riders either riding Gospel pass or Real ale wobble both links can be found in calender, I dont feel trying to add another will be worth the efforts but of course if your riding post it up as others may wish to join you!!

Author:  matthew71 [ Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:26 pm ]
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gospel and real ale are the same day,lets face it . no one is bothered about a ride

Author:  daj [ Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:45 pm ]
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matthew71 wrote:
gospel and real ale are the same day,lets face it . no one is bothered about a ride


Maybe Matt , maybe some more feedback and the feeling that rides are wanted a little more? ideas ... suggestions. and yeah while on my honeymoon trying to sort a ride out with Rupe that no one actually attended or even gave me the feeling were bothered about in the end does sit rather unhealthy still.

I spoke to Ed regarding riding the original November bonfire ride but again from previous feedback most are riding either Gospel or Wobble cant make two dates in one month? maybe im wrong in that thinking :?

My suggestion would be with the growing amount of riders coming from over your way we look at hosting rides at new venues? :D

Author:  matthew71 [ Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:15 pm ]
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rides over this way are very possible, but what is the point when no one from outside the local area will attend

Author:  daj [ Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:32 pm ]
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matthew71 wrote:
rides over this way are very possible, but what is the point when no one from outside the local area will attend


A wise man told me once if your going for a ride round your local loop anyway and you advertise it if no one turns up what have you lost? Agree though if special efforts have been made to arrange rides and they are poorly attended it is frustrating.

The West mids does cover a vast area and sadly the active riders seem to be spread out well too which is always going to make it harder to bring regular riding.

To be fair not that long ago their was no regular rides at all and just an annual FOD ride , this year we have hosted 8 rides plus a 10 man mayhem team so we must be going in the right direction .... arnt we? :cry:

Author:  Coleman [ Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:59 pm ]
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daj wrote:
To be fair not that long ago their was no regular rides at all and just an annual FOD ride , this year we have hosted 8 rides plus a 10 man mayhem team so we must be going in the right direction .... arnt we? :cry:


I think so Dave - due to the efforts of you, James, Ed and Russell organising rides and everyone who turns up for them when they can.

Author:  grumpycommuter [ Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:15 pm ]
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matthew71 wrote:
rides over this way are very possible, but what is the point when no one from outside the local area will attend


doesnt matter....do them anyway and then moan like f..k :)

Author:  ededwards [ Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:33 pm ]
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For what it's worth, I think you're doing a sterling job in keeping the West Midlands plates spinning Dave and without your efforts there would be a lot less going on.

Key thing for us all is to "build it and they will come" (I love quoting Costner and do so sometimes even in context) - got a ride you are doing anyway then mention it to the AEC and then pop it up. No one comes? Their loss, simply big it up in a self-reverential aftermath (I have a lot of form for this) and then see what happens next time.

I will apologise for planning the Gospel Pass Road Ride on the same day as the Real Ale Wobble, a complete oversight on my part. That said, there aren't a huge amount of West Midlands-ers going to either and they do cater for quite different audiences.

I guess the key message is that the success or not of the region sits with us all - Dave, James and Adrian are Co-ordinators rather than organisers - so, quoting Costner again, "build it and they will come".


[I am riding to work tomorrow in case anyone fancies joining me, thinking of setting out at 8ish].

Author:  theredchili [ Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:36 pm ]
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Let's face it , we all lead busy lives and co-ordinating time is always tricky,November is busy with the road and wobble ,as Dave suggested if anyone is riding out locally to them post it up, ive done it in the last and has worked out.

So if anyone has ideas for 2013 please post it up and let's plan ahead for better attendance wherever we ride :wink:

******edit, just saw Ed's post :oops: *******

Guess we are singing from the same hymn sheet

Author:  Coleman [ Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:41 pm ]
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Quoting Costner is one thing...... this sort of management tripe is quite unforgivable:

theredchili wrote:
singing from the same hymn sheet


Wash your mouth out young man!

Author:  NeilM [ Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:16 am ]
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nevadasmith wrote:
Quoting Costner is one thing...... this sort of management tripe is quite unforgivable:

theredchili wrote:
singing from the same hymn sheet


Wash your mouth out young man!


OH NO! We'll be looking for 'windows of opportunity' to 'press the flesh' next.

I actually worked with someone who used to speak like that. :roll: :facepalm:

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