W2 is the White’s Level trail plus the Wall (sometimes known as WW2 so bring your camo kit and rifles). That’s two trails for the price of one. See out Afan trail guide including a google map of the trails.
The ground at Afan is very gritty and wears brake pads out quickly, so make sure you have some spares.
These photos of the MBSwindon ladies only ride were taken by Jo Page. The event was on 20th November and used the Verderer’s trail in the Forest of Dean. Fair play to Jo: these were taken with a Fuji J10, a super-compact. I owned one myself before moving over the Canon S90. The majority of the photos on the site before April 2011 were taken using it.
We started out by riding into the wind along the main road towards Sugarloaf. We soon pulled off this and after crossing the railway line we were climbing up towards the trees. After a ball busting climb up a soggy hill we reached the forest. Once at the top by the radio mast we dived off through the trees with an interesting line over tree roots.
The route cunningly doubled back on itself several times so that every downhill option was covered. As well as rocky tracks there were some really steep descents in here. I wimped out on two of them. I’ll blame the wet mud or something.
Several hours later we had covered 20 miles and a lot of big climbs and a lot of descents. I’ll sort the map and elevation plot later.
About fourteen of us met at Foxhill the day after Boxing Day for the now traditional “Recovery Ride” where we try and motivate people to get back out there and work off some of the Christmas indulgences.
The ride set off along The Ridgeway before dropping down to Lambourne and past Sheepdrove Organic Farm. We then followed the tracks over to the M4 and back up to The Ridgeway.
Towards the end of the 24 miles it became obvious who had indulged more than others, but as usual it was a good ride with good people taking in a number of trails we’d not ridden as a club before.
The SPAM winter challenge is an annual mountain bike enduro that’s held on MOD land near Erlestoke. There’s a choice of 25,35 and 50km routes (16,22 and 31 miles respectively).
We had around 10 riders at the event in the 50 and 35km routes. Our fastest, Jerome, did the 30 miles in 2h 27m, with Gary Lee not far behind at 2h 31. This put them near the top of page 2 out of 7 in the results. I did it in 2h 52m and that includes stopping to take photos plus a battle with some useless gloves where the inner lining came out. Ali Hardie was close behind at 2h 59m.
In the 22 mile category then John Speed made it round in 1h 50m putting him half way down the first page out of 4, Matthew Kerry 2h 10m, Tim Norris 2h 26m, and Kristian Price 2h 27m. There were more: check the results page.