Well Grahame and myself are most probably the first home, due to my winning of the coveted "first serious mechanical" award, after having won the "loudest freewheel" - funnily enough the two were related
On the super steep climb to Leith Hill tower, my Hugi freewheel suddenly gave up and seemed to implode internally. No way to mend on the trail so both of us who had travelled together turned back and had a (thankfully for me) mostly downhill road ride back to the car park, Grahame towing me on the flat/climbing bits. Hmm maybe I should have left the Crossmax on, or at least greased the innards of the Hugi ... to top it off I scalded my wrist with boiling tea bought at the tower
First "physical mechanical" though went to Scarlett who "popped a kneecap" (not my words) within the first two minutes, on the road ride to the start of the trail and had to turn back. Bad luck.
I'll let someone else write about the ride, and get busy with trying to create a gallery with the pictures I had time to take.
I'll just say it started as a nice day weather-wise, but by the time we got to the tower the temperature seemed to have droppped 3-4 degrees, sky turned to dark grey and the wind was blowing our bikes off. It was enough to deter us from trying to get a fix for my rear wheel ...