It was possibly the hottest day of the year so far and we were all knackered from the night ride and pub session of the previous evening. Nevertheless we still had things to do.
I started out by rounding up all the bits of wood, rocks and rubble that had accumulated in the new Red section. A bit later Chris Hopkinson and Tony arrived and we staked down the board walk section that we’d moved a few days ago. We widened a few bits of the recently surfaced sections. Finally we dug out the start section and picked up the signs from their hiding place.
The probation service were there with 10 willing non-volunteers. This meant that we’d definitely finish the new Red section. We spent the morning surfacing the return loop and start of the section. Various people arrived during the morning, so by lunch time we had Jack Bentley, Mr Anonymous and Pete Ratcliffe as well as Phil and myself getting on with it
This was the day that we’d been working towards. We sorted the signs out and the section was open by 11am. Rafe turned up for a while as ice cream rep.
Gary Lee arrived in the afternoon and replaced Jack and Mr Anon. We got the two new berms near the pond surfaced and also the other berm down that way. We were also helped by a random passing rider. We used wheel barrows to transfer water from the pond onto the Limestone chippings. This helped with the compaction since it was such a dry day.
Pete spent the afternoon making his uphill section more difficult. He was most annoyed that several people had managed it on their first attempt.
We finished off the day by damping down the berms on the newly opened Red section. We were helped by three young riders who declared the new section “good”.
We made a video too:
A big thanks to everyone involved in this section. We’ll probably have a rest now until boredom sets in. That’ll be a few days and then we’ll start on the next project on Thursday night.
The official opening (cutting of the old inner tube) will happen on Friday night.