Meet at the George Hotel in Hayfield centre - 10am to start riding by 10.30am. If you are going to be later please call me on my mobile (PM me for it this week) - we must get going by 11 latest as it gets too dark to ride safely by 7pm.
If you are not staying in Hayfield overnight - suggest you park in the Sett Valley Trail carpark over the main road (follow brown signs), as Hayfield has poor on street parking options.
Weather looks favourable - only rained for a day this week (with none forecast for 5 days), which won't be enough to render the conditions muddy. We're on fast rolling hardpack for most of the route, along with some technical tracks and a sneaky downhill into Edale. Inevitable climbs are the first road one out of Hayfield, and a relatively short hike up to Hollins Cross after lunch. Everything else is rideable - if in short bursts for those of limited lung capacity.
At a pace that Max and I can comfortably achieve, we're looking at 2 1/2 hours to Edale, then allowing 3 hours returning. I'm suggesting we ride as a group to Edale lunchstop, then off up to Hollins and Mam Tor. Anyone with a competitive streak or excess energy can thrash back from there -if they wish you'll have had the benefit of riding the route in reverse in the morning and it's near impoosible to get lost. I'll be giving everyone a printed route map on the day just in case.
Here's the route and notes in full:
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en& ... &z=13&om=1
We plan to have a 'safety car' at the Edale stop with tools and wheels etc. Anyone who can't hack the ride back can get a lift at this point (for a cash fee - see driver). If we are collectively behind schedule when we get to Mam Tor we can opt to road ride from there - which would take an hour.
Saturday evening we can all eat at The Sportsman Inn, where we have a room reserved and will have a rather anal MTB pub quiz with some dubious prizes...
Although I'm not your mother - I do recommend you check your bars and brakes thoroughly, one more time! Please consider wearing a helmet - as the rocks around here are not soft. Lastly, remember that I am not an official organiser nor am I a medic. You ride of your own free will and hopefully within your capabilities.
Any further queries - post them here and I will do my best to answer them before Friday night. I will post a final list of riders attending tomorrow - please update me if you have changed your plans.
Let's do it!
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