Wednesday, June 30, 2010

North Norfolk Coast


On monday we had a day recovering from the trails-heavy weekend, chillaxing at a local private gym and pool thanks to a guest pass from Scoob's Bro. Actually felt like I was doing the normal holiday thing for a while there... sunning meself by to the outdoor pool and hanging out in the outdoor hot tub. We tried to spill energy drink on the hot tub electrics and be transported back to the 80's but to no avail...

Tuesday we planned a different type of cycling. We headed up to the North Norfolk coast equipped with a tent and road bikes. The day had started with a rain shower, but by the time we got out on our bikes it was clear blue skies and glorious sunshine.

First off we headed towards Holt for my first ever "earned" visit to Byford's cake shop! Mmmm, coffee cake and iced latte.

Refreshed and ready to ride, we headed to Blakeney through some small country roads, some lovely scenery and spotted a few nice looking beer gardens on the way through. At Blakeney we joined up with the coast road and followed this all the way back to cromer. It really was an enjoyable ride, we had a view of the sea for some parts, the sand dunes for others, but even when you couldn't see it you could always tell you were next to the sea, just from the smell and the feeling in the air. So glad I have invested in a road bike, on my MTB to go at a reasonable speed I'd always have to be trying hard. Now I can cruise at a good speed and enjoy the ride!

We had planned to stop for fish and chips at Cromer but we were still full with cake. So we headed back to camp, picked up the van and went down to Cromer beach. By this time it was around 7 pm, so there was only a couple of chumps with metal detectors left on the beach. It was still 20 odd degrees with the sun beaming down on the sea, it was beautiful, and we had it pretty much to ourselves!

The sea was a bit nippy, but you got used to it pretty quick. We went for a swim, in the calm deserted sea, at 7pmin the UK....it was so lovely. I haven't been swimming in the sea for years. The water is even pretty clear in Cromer! We threw a rugby ball about on the beach to dry out a bit, then went on the hunt for fish and chips... Scoob got slightly distracted by the 2p coin machines though and managed to win himself a set of World Cup erasers...yes!! Then we spotted the air hockey - I forgot how brilliant air hockey is! Especially cause I won... haha. I lost on the Basketball hoop game though I must admit. Ok, even stevens it is then.

We finished the day off with some really good Fish and Chips on the pier as the sun went down. What a fantastic day :o)


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Wisley


Sunday was supposed to get up to 30 degrees... pretty sure it did in wisley, it was HOT. If it wasn't in the trees I don't think I would have managed to ride.

I love going to Wisley, Gareth and Digs always make us very welcome and we have a great days riding. The big line wasn't running this year because it's just been too dry for the guys to make the changes they want to, but the jam line was running good with the addition of a new transfer landing of the left of the 3rd lip, a new set following that, then a lip back into the old 5th set. This transfer wasn't enough for Jimmy Pratt though. He had been transferring from the lip of the old 4th set to the lip of the new 4th set -I would have loved to have seen that (check the pic above from a few weeks back by a guy called "cookiemonster"). Unfortunately, Jimmy had crashed the week before trying to transfer the opposite way and broken his wrist. He was still at the trails though, diggin one handed... impressive!!

We met our French trip buddy Scott Waterhouse there too, he is always so fun to ride with, like a duracell bunny, he just can't stop riding. He was manualing from the start, up to and through the 4 rollers before the first set. Silky smooth.

A bit later on a few more locals showed up, it was good to see them session the transfer line, boosting it in true Wisley style. Local rider Seb had been racing at andover in the morning, I think he's been bitten by the race bug recently. He showed up still in high speed mode, absolutely bombing round the s-bends, and then turning all his speed into height on the jam line.

We headed off home absolutely knackered after 2 days of sun and trails, but with a big smile on our faces! What a treat to find a starbucks at South Mimms services...mmmm mocha frappachino to finish the day.

Here are a few photos of the day from my trusty nikon D40. Top to Bottom: Scooby, Scooby, Joey, Scott WH





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Holidays!!

I'm on holiday this week and the weather is ace!

First off, Matt had arranged a little jam and BBQ at city trails for saturday. Loads of out of towners showed up, mainly the melbourn crew, and ripped the place up! I got to see Wildhair twisting the red carpet set on my beloved old blue Standard bike nearly every run - I know I didn't teach it that! Matt Priest was a treat to watch as usual, twisting the last two sets and landing in a manual after the hip, all the way till the next set.

Matt was struggling with a back injury, but still pulling some of the most clicked turndowns I've ever seen. Tucker was back at the trails for the first time in ages after being chained to his desk for months. We'll let him off though, cause he did get a 1st in his degree - well done Tuckerpea! Was good to see him flowing the trails again.

Spanky of ilikebikes.co.uk headed over later on after work and went nuts, trying barrell rolls over the trick line, I got lots of footage of that!

All in all a great days riding in the sun. Enjoy some of the photos taken by Tim Wood. Top to Bottom: Spanky going big, Matt Knights clicked, Wildhair 360.



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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Road riding and MX



Got my new road bike last week, never thought it'd happen but there ya go.. added a couple of vans stickers to make myself feel better ...ha. Had a good ride out on it last sunday, Scoob and I rode out to lyng to watch the British MX race. It was a great sunny day, and a nice chilled ride out there. The MX was awesome, so good watching it for real. Good standing at the start .... the noise of the engines revving and then when the gates drops...brraaap...love it!

Rode a bit faster on the way home as it looked like rain. Got rained on for about 5 mins, kept heading south for as long as possible as we could see a big black cloud hanging over to the east. Worked out pretty good, cause it was so wet on the roads when we got back... avoided that nicely!

The beasting of rain we got after that was desparately needed at the trails, it has been dry for so long. It was a little bit too heavy though and washed the silt out of the jumps a bit. Nothing a few hours shovel work didn't fix . Haven't managed to get to ride them since though as the winds have been strong and northerly. This is bad news for us.... it means the wind blows right accross the field for a nasty cross wind at the trails, and also pretty nasty accross the track.

Today we had the pleasurable company of Jonny, Paul and Evan from Bury. Jonny and I managed to train the 3rd straight in the cross wind a couple of times, but it really did suck. So we headed to the city trails, tidied them up a bit and had a little ride safely surrounded by trees. Jonny hadn't ridden trails for a long long time, what with busting his leg up in france and not being able to ride for months. Good to have ya shredding again Jonny! I think he will be back very soon! :o) Photos are from the trails today, of Scoob and Jonny.

On the subject of trails, check out this video, which feature some of my favourite things... PA Woods and Brian Foster! Yes!


Sunday, June 06, 2010

Photo Update 2 - South Vs EA regional






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Photo Update






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