Well, I made it and would definitely do it again.
The first half hour of climbing was a nightmare and I was thinking ‘what have I done’ but once I’d figured out that I should be using gears I never even knew existed it was a bit easier. Did the sensible thing (for once) and opted for the short course; I’m guessing you lot are hardcore went the long way round.
I did see something on the long route that looked little more than a 50ft mud slide into the forest?!
Seeing as I’d left ALL my clothes back home (cretin…) and Tesco had nothing in the way of suitable waterproofs I had to make do with a nylon zip-up affair thinking at least it would dry quickly. Ha! Like it had chance! And I didn’t have any gloves either. So being soaked to the skin (although I didn’t really notice til the last hour when it started getting cold) was my main complaint.
Loved the downhill bits and didn’t come off which was a bonus. I was quite pleased with myself, my old Raleigh came up trumps and didn’t give me any grief and the general consensus seemed to be I’d done alright for my first MTB.
Pity I didn’t catch any of you Sat night though – would have been good to put faces to made-up-names! Wierd thing is, I managed to unravel jonnyboy’s FB link (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=1 ... 4592df35b0
– nice pics by the way) and I think I was probably right next to you at the start!? Grannygrinder even looks a bit like the bloke that took my ‘before’ photo?? But that'd be too much of a coincidence surely...