The first part is on the 2b ride report, trails in this films are Secret trail, Wrecking Rihanna, Dave’ nose’ best.
Video as promised, this time from a different angle as chest mounted instead of helmet mounted camera. Unfortunately, the camera was pointing a little low, but you can still experience the 2b Friston MTB ride. Choice of music is always very hard due to the fact that copyright free music is not easy to find, but I hope you will like it. Luc
Friday morning came with the rain and a forecast of dry weather by 7pm, just on time for the start of the ride. All I had was a possible two riders for that evening, which was not surprising due to the weather condition. Unfortunately things went a little wrong for me and was running very late. I texted my riders to let them know that I was running behind schedule and to go up cardiac at a leisurely pace and that I would be meeting them there. I was not the only one having problems that night as I had a text from Gus (3c) telling me that he was having brake problems and could not make it.
Got finally to Friston by 7.20, only to discover that in a rush, i had picked up the wrong handle bar clamp for my bar light. Will be braking my own safety guide line of always MTBing at night with two lights in case one did packed up. So I went out with an helmet mounted prototype 3 LED light from Ituo, the light had been only tested at home and I got over an hour run time on high 2200+ true lux under fan cooling, sufficient run time for that time of the year. (I had spare helmet light head and battery in my ruck) I went on family trail and up cardiac hopping to met my riders. Towards the top of Cardiac, I meet with Elisabeth Coleman, one of my regular riders. On this miserable wet day, she was the only one out apart from another rider from the 3C ride, who also was cycling. We took Doris and Bert and half the way down we were over taken by another rider Jim Wells (3C ). We went up cardiac and took what we call the bomb crater run/tron/fairy trail (does come up on Strava as Geronimo, in blue on the map). The new XP3 prototype from Ituo was giving me plenty of very use able light. The angle adjustment of the light on my helmet was quite critical so that I had enough reach but enough light on the trail One light had to do the job of two lights, bar/helmet. After a couple of stops and adjustments, I got it right. Regarding the hot spot that you often see in the video, this is not seen by the human eye and the light beam is a lot more gradual with out the bright hot spot. The camera lens is a lot more sensitive! About mid run, I took my gloves off and checked the light to see how hot it was (this was a trail untested light). This certainly was hot but no more than the Solarstorm X2 or the Yinding YD, so I did carry on full blast, with over 2000 true lumens. The trails were very muddy in places and it did remind me of some of my last winter rides. A few minutes before getting to the end of Tron/Fairytrail where it meets with Snake&ladders, the light step down to about half power than about 4s later to a miserable dim safe mode of about 70 lumens, good as a road marker but a little scary when you are on a dark forest trail! Once I stopped, I tried the other modes and nothing else would work. I tried a fresh battery pack, still the same! I had been told by Ituo over a month ago that they were still working on the light as they were not happy with its behaviour. I had obviously found the reason why they were still developing it! 🙂
A day later the light is back to its former output, so nothing damaged, just need some more tuning. You can see the Stava screen print, we had a fairly short ride but a lot of Fun. I understand from Elisabeth that she is loving her new Giant hard tail, not surprising as she use to ride am old rigid hybrid steel bike, good for learning MTB skills but very tiring and less forgiving that bikes with suspension. Hope next Friday will be dry and sunny and hope to see many of you. Luc
Guys and Girls, just a reminder of what you are missing on a Friday night! This was the first 2B ride for 2016, only two riders so we went out with the 3C. Here are 3 short films of parts of our ride. You will see from the speedometer on the filming that I don’t exactly go fast, so if you are tempted to give it a go, let me know, we are out every Friday night unless raining, proper off road lights are cheap now and by prior arrangement, I can lend you one for your first ride with us to see if you like it. A minimum fitness is required as we are out for around two hours and do have some hills to climb before we can enjoy the downhill single tracks. For the moment Friston is fairly muddy so winter knobbly tyres are required. If you are interested contact me via email.
3 short videos of part of our latest ride with 3C riders. Film start from Mobby Dick and includes “Snow Run” and the “Final Descent”
With the traditional starting point at the White Lion, Seaford, there was a very relaxed start to this ride a feeling that the lighter evenings are finally here and we would be riding all of the outward leg in glorious sunshine to the Plough and Harrow, Littlington. Even Roger with a puncture before the start couldn’t dampen our spirits and we were soon ready to go.
Along with the regular faces we were joined by a new face Sirous, and it was good to see Alan and Richard again now becoming regulars. 17 rides at the start swelled to 19 en-route riding up Blatchington Hill, then wiggling through the residential streets of Seaford, (where are we !) to burst out in a lovely field of yellow rape. Now as ride leader I had said there will be no mechanical issues on my ride, Debbie may not have been listening as at this point her chain broke !! Never fear as Debbie and her bike where engulfed in a throng of eager mechanics !!!
What a glorious ride north up the field dotted with large white balls of wool, riding carefully to avoid small brown balls produced by the big woolly ones ! Then down a now dry and much improved track down to the High and Over Alfriston Road. Feeling confident to cross the road and ride to the river we were treated with another fantastic view down the Cuckmere meanders to the Sea. At the bottom of the hill our last obstacle was a dried ditch with a plank on one side. This did prove an obstacle but also a lesson in controlled falling!
Reaching the Plough and Harrow came the toughest decision of the evening! Is it warm enough to sit outside?? This split the group but a good time was had by all, including sending a good will group photo to Jo Barlow on her riding adventure.
Now with MY hardest task of the evening it was time to tear everyone away from the bar for the return trip, (what did Elle call me?). With lights a blazing we ride along the road to the Golden Gallon….. ow.. I mean Cuckmere Inn with some of the group diving into the forest at the Gate to the main car park. How we love the hill back into Seaford but it is so much faster now it is dry and the lovely roll back into Seaford.
If the summer continues like this I can see this ride and this group getting bigger and bigger 🙂
Ricki trainee ride leader
Change of destination:
Although we start at the same place as usual for Thursday’s 7pm pub ride – the White Lion, Seaford – we have a change of route for October 9th. Instead of stopping at the Flying Fish we’re mixing things up a bit and heading out to another country pub – This time it’s The Plough and Harrow in Litlington.
Starting at the White Lion on Belgrave Road, Seaford at 7pm we ride along Belgrave Road to the mini roundabout and turn left up Firle Road. A third the way up we turn right onto Firle Drive and cut through to St Peters Road and The Holt. Along The Ridings and across the bottom of Chalvington Playing Fields to Maple Fields. We then head North along a bridleway on the Eastern side of Blatchington Golf Course. We then head East to follow the bridleway down to The Plough and Harrow, Litlington.
The return route to Seaford is along NCN2 (via Exceat) and other quiet roads back to the White Lion.
It’s 4 miles on the outward journey and 5 miles on the return.
Is this right for me?
If you are a regular rider then please be aware that we go very slowly, so you may be hanging around waiting.
The outward journey starts on roads with a long slow climb. The return is mostly flat apart from the climb up Exceat hill, which most of us will walk. Click here for a draft Map of the Route
To gauge the terrain have a go at riding the start of the route: Go from the White Lion to the Mini Roundabout. Turn left and go 1/3rd the way up Firle road (to Firle Drive). Over the outward 4-mile route we do the equivalent of this climb about three times in total, interspersed with flat sections and a long descent.
Good bright lights are needed as it’s almost dark when we leave, and we’ll be riding on rough ground away from streetlamps.
This route is about 25% on grass and chalk trails/bridleways, so you will need chunky tyres and a hybrid or mountain bike.
You must wear a helmet. Gloves and a water bottle can make the going easier, but are not essential.
With the warm nights we’ve been experiencing you may want to use insect repellent.
If you have any questions then please get in touch. See you there?
The weather’s STILL holding out and we’re expecting yet another fine day for this week’s slow ride on Thursday 2nd Oct. The ground conditions remain dry and dusty, even after the rain we had Monday night and last night.
Starting at the White Lion on Belgrave Road, Seaford at 7pm we ride the back way to Bishopstone via Grand Avenue and along the road to Poverty Bottom pumping station. Up the chalky bridleway to Cantercrow Hill and the long fast descent on the back road to the Flying Fish. After some refreshment we take the flatter and easier route home. We expect to be back at The White lion for 9pm.
Last week we had twelve riders with a range of about 60 years between the youngest and oldest ages – that beat the previous week’s record of only 50 years difference in age.
Good bright lights are needed as it’s starting to get dark by the time we arrive at The Fish. Links to route maps are on our first post about these rides. Click HERE to see it.
If you are a regular rider then please be aware that we go very slowly, so you may be hanging around waiting – especially on Cantercrow hill.
See you there?
The 2C ride only had two people on the night so despite the fact that it would be more demanding for Paul and I and it would slow down the 3C a little, we decided to integrate the two rides into one for safety reasons. Knowing to be a lot slower than the 3c going uphill, we did went with an head start hopping to make it up cardiac at the same time as the 3c riders. We set up a good pace and went straight from the gates to the top of cardiac in one straight run reaching the top about 5mn before the first 3c riders. After a pause to recuperate we went all down to the 3rd craters were we decided to rejoin cardiac half way up while the 3c went down to the candy canes and up again. Once at the top of cardiac it was down via stumpy higher trails , very muddy as usual then one of my favourite trail Doris and Burt then up a step as hell muddy track to a set off on new trails to me. I was surprised how most of the trails had dried up ! Of course any trails holes were still very muddy, but in all the forest was drying very nicely. This was a result as after the ride, we did not have the usual major bike cleaning session and for me it was just a matter of brushing off a little mud of the bike and tyres Fantastic.
The 2C was out for 2 hours did 9 mls in 1.24 pedalling time, not bad going.
This Friday we are hoping to be back to our 2C ride level as long as we have our safety minimum of 3 riders.
Weather so far is looking good for Friday so I hope the numbers will be up!
Due to bad weather, we did not ride on Friday night but managed to have a day ride on Saturday afternoon. We did approx 10mls with going up cardiac one and a 1/4 times. I did a bit of video, so here is part one of our Saturday day ride. The ground was muddy and slippery in places, but it was great to see the trails in daylight. Cardiac is as hard by day that it is by night and it was more horrifying to see what kind of hardcore they have dump on it to make it less muddy: broken tiles, glass, wood and a lot more rubbish! Very unfriendly for tyres or dogs, crazy!!!!!!!!!
Winter MTB can be quite treacherous in Friston and despite the fact that the ride is a 2b, a good basic level of trail riding is required. We do come off and I talk from experience 🙂
Will provide a link to video we did shortly
The choice of music is always difficult as I need to use royalty free one, but I hope you like the tracks. This one is a little more mellow to show you that MTB does not always have to be fast and furious!