2B Improvers In Friston.
14 of us repeated most of last week’s route up Cardiac and back down the Gallops, with the addition of just a little bit of downhill single track – Snow Run last segment (Final Descent?) – before we picked up the Galleon Fields slope via the car park.
A really pleasant ride that also shows how repetition can help with technique and confidence. Without prompting, one rider – first time to the top of Cardiac in one go – said how important it was to manage breathing. And you still kept a whole ‘granny’ ring in reserve. Wow! Someone else said they were traffic phobic to the extent that a year ago the bike was hardly ever used – not so now. And the same rider also found how a bit more momentum over the roots helped with balance and confidence. Our two new riders really enjoyed the downhills – maybe they’re passing through on the way to 3/4C…?
NB We had the 2-way radios which were very handy for keeping the ride together when we had a mechanical at the back of the group.
It was especially pleasing to have a guest who’d come all the way from Shoreham and 2 other Brighton based riders. We hope to see you all again, often.
Here’s a video that most of us will never emulate but note how the dropped heals at about 57 secs in to the video help with grip and balance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWEMfvfO3DA
16.5 Miles, 1300 feet, average 7.5 MPH.
Roger and Roy