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 Post subject: Epping 12th April
PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:06 am 
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I'm not sure what the conditions are like right now as it's been a few weeks since I was there but the forecast is good :D

Route depending on where it's muddy so expect a bit of fire road to miss out the worst bits ;)




Leaving at 10:00am from Bury Rd car park. http://goo.gl/maps/BFzFT

The car park linked is in two halves... rough part and a tarmac part. Either part is fine as you can see one from the other.

If you're running late and miss the start you may be able to join us at the bacon stop here - https://goo.gl/maps/z3ni5 We usually stop at the cafe next to the Kings Head at about 12:00, although be warned we don't always stop there and the time can vary ;)

We ride for about 4 hrs ( maybe a bit longer ) and cover about 20 miles ;) depending on the route. Pace is moderate with a bacon stop about halfway through :thumbup:

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FAQ.

What do I need to bring?

Apart from you and a bike...
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Some way of dealing with a puncture a spare inner tube in whatever flavour you need is best as it’s quick to change... a repair kit is good to carry but a bit of a faff to use in the middle of a ride. If you’ve got a tube lots of people will help you to change it... pull out some patches and glue and we’ll meet up with you on the next ride ;) . A pump, someone will have one but you should have your own anyway.

A chain quick link to match your chain type for those broken chain moments.

Multi tool and tyre levers, again someone will probably have them but so should you!

Something to drink and a snack.... cereal bar, banana or similar. We stop for bacon but you never know when the munchies will hit.


Is the ride suitable for beginners?

Really the answer is yes and no.... This isn’t a ‘fast’ ride but you do need some sort of basic fitness level ( not much... but some ) . There aren’t any massive descents that need full body armour but there are some ‘interesting’ sections. Nothing that can’t be rolled over. Lots of slippery roots to keep you on your toes though.

We stop at the end of each section for everyone to catch up and get their breath back, although maybe not as much as you would like. We try ( with limited success sometimes ) not to lose anyone.

So...

Just bought a bike and haven’t done any sort of exercise for the past 20 years, this was me a year ago ;) , you’re possibly going to struggle but come along anyway and give it a go. If it’s too much for you or the rest of the group are having to wait too long we can point you at the fire roads and you can enjoy the day at your own pace :thumbup:

Just bought a bike or been riding for a bit and have any level of fitness... yes you’ll be fine.


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 Post subject: Epping 12th April
PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:24 pm 
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Ooh epping, not been in a while so may join you for this one

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 Post subject: Re: Epping 12th April
PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:08 pm 
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Cant make this, but had a trundle through the forest on the way back from work today - its drying out really nicely


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 Post subject: Re: Epping 12th April
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:17 am 
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Newbie joining in! Looking forward to popping my Epping/EHMTB cherry and probably making a fool of myself too :)


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 Post subject: Re: Epping 12th April
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:11 pm 
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Would love to but wedding anniversary so cant :(


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 Post subject: Epping 12th April
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:13 pm 
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Change of plan for me, going to ride up at Hadleigh again ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: Epping 12th April
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:37 pm 
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Just started to get back into MTB, think hit some of the bad bits on Saturday! Alls well will be along to this one


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 Post subject: Re: Epping 12th April
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:18 pm 
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I might be in, not really fit as been doing nothing the whole winter :D


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 Post subject: Re: Epping 12th April
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:13 pm 
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One day I will get to ride out with the EHMTBers. All the dates so far have clashed with other things. Maybe next time.


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 Post subject: Re: Epping 12th April
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:03 am 
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Quick ride last night and I can confirm that it is indeed dusty and muddy in that way that only Epping can manage :thumbup:

Hopefully the showers forecast for Saturday won't change that too much.....

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 Post subject: Re: Epping 12th April
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:55 am 
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Loving the cotic bugeye!


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 Post subject: Re: Epping 12th April
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:06 am 
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First ride last night and I'm loving it :D


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 Post subject: Re: Epping 12th April
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 6:19 pm 
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Love the cotic Martin :)


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 Post subject: Re: Epping 12th April
PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 4:12 pm 
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Hopefully make it tomorrow Martin,be at the back of the pack haven't rode since march 1st .
Lets hope the calf injury doesn't play up.

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 Post subject: Re: Epping 12th April
PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 8:03 am 
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Bummer, no train until 10.20, can't make it this time.
And really nice cotic Martin :D


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