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 Post subject: Aston Hill - 15th Feb
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:12 pm 
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Anyone going for some xc riding at Aston Hills on 15th Feb.?
I'm planning to check it out and get a few laps in. Figure it'll be good to do a couple of laps at "race effort" before any actual racing this year! :)
Anyone know what the trail condition is like?

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 Post subject: Re: Aston Hills
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:15 am 
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Hey mate, have you riden them before?
Last rode the xc trials there in December, actually holds up to the wet weather quite well compared to most forests really. Mainly down to it being so rooty and chalky/flinty ground. But obviously this makes it real slippy for the majority of it.
Some tough steep climbs in the wet but a real leg tester!


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 Post subject: Re: Aston Hill - 15th Feb
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:08 am 
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Hi Jim

Thanks for the info.
Roots, eh!? I bloody hate roots!! Might be ok with a f/s but I'll be on a steel h/t.

I've not rode there before. Just figured it looks good for a measured and dedicated training loop. I've run around Wendover a lot, though, so know what you mean about the chalk and slipperiness of it!
The climbs sound good - maybe I'll need to fit that granny ring back on as I'm currently running a 1x9 (33T to a 12-36) set-up.

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 Post subject: Re: Aston Hill - 15th Feb
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:50 pm 
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Yeah roots all over the place!
Its a good test of fitness, I had to use the granny ring a few times on the climbs overthere.


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 Post subject: Re: Aston Hill - 15th Feb
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:29 pm 
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Good info - thanks.
Will fit my new 22T this weekend. With a 22 - 36 option I should be able to get up almost anything... *should*! ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: Aston Hill - 15th Feb
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:21 pm 
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I was thinking about going there yesterday but eventually skipped because of weather conditions. I am ready to go if forecast will look more positive with rain and winds. I'm guessing it will be muddy and full of slippery roots of course, it's Aston hill.


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 Post subject: Re: Aston Hill - 15th Feb
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:24 pm 
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Like glass!!

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 Post subject: Re: Aston Hill - 15th Feb
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:33 pm 
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Hmmm...having been out of action (am still) with a chest infection for the last week and a bit, I'm not sure "like glass" is what I'll be looking for after a couple of weekends of not riding. Might just stay local and settle for "like swamp"! :).

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 Post subject: Re: Aston Hill - 15th Feb
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:36 am 
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When I'm looking outside the window now, what you have written UltraHound seems very reasonable. It's so freaking wet last 2 weeks. I hope it won't flood London :| better stay local and be ready for the trails in better condition soon


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 Post subject: Re: Aston Hill - 15th Feb
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:42 am 
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Yes, it's pretty bad here (Enfield) and even the dogs are reluctant to go out!!

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 Post subject: Re: Aston Hill - 15th Feb
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 6:06 pm 
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It'll be fun... but slippy as all hell

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