Mr K and I rode several key sections of the route today. We both agreed that it is riding very nicely.
A couple of days of dry, mild and breezy weather has dried out the trails perfectly. The descent of Bradwell edge, aka. 'the fun bit' was great. It has smoothed out since last year and their was very little mud left at all. The surface gave loads of grip even with a Panaracer Dart on the front.
Mr K cleared it all on his drop bar 'Hamdale' and I had no problems on my fully rigid canti braked Univega. In short, it was ace.
We also checked out the Mam Tor to Hollins Cross section and the descent to the cafe in Edale for strategic marshalling purposes and bacon butties.
Again the trail conditions were perfect with a great selection on lines all the way down and no unexpected nasty bits. All good and actually surprisingly smooth and flowing.
There was also a rerouted section of bridleway through the cement works which improves an already rather nice section.
I'm really looking forward to it.