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johnhighfield
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Hitchin Sunday Rides

Postby johnhighfield » Sat Apr 02, 2011 08:50 am

Hi evo3ben

Some of the others, Mark in particilar, know the tracks far better tham me & we normally decide on the morming where we are going. Its all in his head & we tend to do variations on variations - so the exact same route is rarely done twice.

We normally ride in the area Ickleford - Pirton - Offley - Preston - Whitwell - Langley (towards Stevenage) - Gravely - Weston. Altough I have the odd route that takes us up towards Arlsey - Stortfold - Radwell - Bygrave.

We do a 2.5hr ride & cover about 20mi when the going is good - starting at Pine Hills Hospital at 8.30am & normally peel off at the end & go their seperate ways as we dont all live in Hitchin.

See you Sunday - John

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Postby evo3ben » Sun Apr 03, 2011 16:58 pm

Thanks very much for the ride out this morning :D I have lived in this area most of my life and for alot of the ride i didnt even know where i was lol.
Was great to meet you all and look forward to the next one! 8)
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Hitchin - Sunday Rides

Postby johnhighfield » Fri Apr 08, 2011 21:12 pm

Another good ride from Mark - the routemaster last week.

A 22 mile off -road loop taking in: Great Wymondly; Gravely; Weston Hills; Luffenhall; Halls Green and back through Gravely to Hitchin.

3 weeks of reasonably dry weather has left the tracks in dry condition & a good time of 2hrs 15mins was achieved - which is the best of the year so far...

We had 7 of us out & were pleased to welcome evo3ben from this forum.


The weather looks like shorts this Sunday which should be another great outing. All are welcome & we meet outside the Pine Hills Hospital, in Hitchin, at 8.30am.

Hope to see you then - John

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Postby alcooker » Mon Apr 11, 2011 20:16 pm

Just popped my night ride cherry. John and I did the Offley/Lilley route, about 18 miles.
Highlight was getting to the top of the hill from Pirton Manor and seeing the sunset over the valley towards Barton. Didn't have too much darkness, but what we did have was hairy enough for me on the descent down into Charlton, poor John must've been hanging on for dear life as he had no lights to see the tyre track ruts.

It's only going to get lighter now so a midweek ride ought to be on the agenda before long.

Al

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Hitchin Rides - Night??

Postby johnhighfield » Tue Apr 12, 2011 13:26 pm

Yep great ride!!

We just about squeezed it in between the showers although we got a bit damp on the way home!

Going down chalk hill - in the dark was hairy enough without following the dancing headlights of the rider ahead whose lights were of no benefit to me as they just disguised the ruts & dips with hard shaddows. A pretty hairy (but exciting) experience!

And riding back through Hitchin town centre over the wet cobbles with all the night lights on - and the bemused commuters scurrying home in the drizzle - was a pretty memorable experience.

Weather permitting - we should be able to get out again on Thursday - if we have interest.

John

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Postby noggs » Tue Apr 12, 2011 13:37 pm

if anyone is interested us sillygrin lot will be riding from the Green Man at Gt Offley on Wednesday, setting off around 6:30 should mean most of the ride can be completed without the need for lights.

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Hitchin night rides

Postby johnhighfield » Tue Apr 12, 2011 16:26 pm

Hi Noggs

Thanks for that - I may be joining you & will spread the word.

John

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Gt Offley - Hitchin Ride

Postby johnhighfield » Tue Apr 12, 2011 21:22 pm

Hi Noggs

The most up to date info is that 3-4 of us Hitchin Sunday riders should be joining you tomorrow!

Hopefully see you then

Regards - John

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Postby alcooker » Wed Apr 13, 2011 04:29 am

Assuming I don't get tied up with any clients, I'll be there.

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Postby noggs » Wed Apr 13, 2011 07:56 am

It will be good to see everyone later, it's a shame the weather doesn't look like it's going to play ball but hey ho.

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Postby evo3ben » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:25 pm

I dont get home from work till 18:30 :( otherwise i would have joined you.

John, im good for this sunday if the ride out from Pinehill is on? will give you a text to confirm nearer the time :wink:
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Postby noggs » Thu Apr 14, 2011 07:45 am

Good ride last night gents and amazingly the weather held out as well.

Andrews quick isn't he, perhaps we should let the air out of his tyres next time.

You didn't miss anything in the pub they had no crisps and couldn't even cook the chips properly, I think we might start from the Windmill in Charlton next time.

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Hitchin Sunday (mid-week) rides

Postby johnhighfield » Fri Apr 15, 2011 07:31 am

Great ride Noggs & Sillygrin

We did the familiar Offley Telegraph Hill loop with some new deviations....

Now that the weather has dried out there is some great riding around locally again - and several very friendly groups.

Sillygrin (see their website) who ride in the Beds area but overlap into North Herts; and the OTT (see their website) who ride out from Harpenden. I have been out with both of these in the last week & would thoroughly recommend them.

There is also a group who ride out of Baldock on Saturdays at 9.30.....

And of course ourselves who ride out every Sunday morning from Pine Hill Hospital in Hitchin at 8.30am for about 2.5 hours.

So there's every opportunity for those solo riders out there to join up with like minded MTBers out for fresh air & exercise in some fantastic countryside - particularly when the sun is out!

John

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Postby pastasauce » Tue Apr 19, 2011 08:51 am

Sunday folk ............

I've entered the Bucks Offroad SPortive if anyone else is up for it ?

http://www.bucksoffroadsportive.co.uk/

Am doing the 82.5 mile route.

:)

Dom

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Postby alcooker » Tue Apr 19, 2011 19:15 pm

Dom,

82.5 miles off road on a bike, I reckon I could just about manage 80 on road on a road bike. I know I'm passing on an opportunity of early death, but I'll have to opt out.

Good luck

Alex


p.s. certainly up for some night rides though

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Postby alcooker » Sat Apr 23, 2011 09:29 am

Guys,
Just to let you know I wont be able to ride Sundays until the 15 th may. I can get out this Monday eve if anyone fancies it or anytime midweek this week.

Al

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Postby Zziplex » Sun Apr 24, 2011 15:25 pm

patchesuk wrote:Hey Fellas,

I live in Baldock, would am keen too get involved in some local rides! I do most types of riding from DH to XC to road; so am up for anything.

I tend to ride further afield at the moment but could do with doing some rides closer to home.

Would be appreciated if I could tag along sometime?

Clint.


I used to live in Baldock, used to get regular lock ins in the Hen & Chicken and will never forget the Suffolk Summer real ale in The C0ck.

Nice bit of bridleway from Baldock to Stevenbitch too.
Guinness for strength

johnhighfield
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Additional Hitchin Rides

Postby johnhighfield » Mon Apr 25, 2011 21:07 pm

We have had a few addituional rides over the Easter period including some with Sillygrin at Chicksands at and at Woburn Sands.

We will probably be riding out this Friday - the Day of the Royal Wedding - at 8.30am for 2-3 hours. The route is yet to be decided but it will be out from the Pine Hill Hospital as usual.

Dont worry - you should still be able to get back for your street parties....

Also now that the evenings are getting longer there is considerable interest in evening rides. Wednesdays may be a good evening to get together as it gives us the opportunity to ride out by ourselves or tie up with sillygrin as they get together on this evening.

Have a good week - hopefully see you Friday morning.....

John

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Postby alcooker » Tue Apr 26, 2011 20:50 pm

I'll be there on Friday, on for a long one aswell, that 25 miler was great yesterday. I was hoping to get out tomorrow night, but I want to take Thursday off work so I'm going to do a late one at work tomorrow night.

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Hitchin Sunday Rides

Postby johnhighfield » Sun May 01, 2011 13:09 pm

After a few evening rides - and the odd sorte with 'sillygrin' - it was back to a gloriously sunny Hitchin Sunday ride this morning.

We had 7 out which included a few new faces as well as a returning rider & did an extended Offley loop. This pushed the envelope towards Luton & took in: Pirton; Streatley; Stopsley; Putteridgebury; Offley; Charlton & back to Hitchin. 25mi in total from where I started, in Letchworth, and about another 8, or so, for those who rode in from Stevenage.

We tackled a few hills, Telegraph Hill & Warden Hill - & raced down Chalk Hill!!

All in all a great outing.......

Hopefully next week will be equally good. 8.30am outside the Pine Hill Hospital in Hitchin.

John


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