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    Swinley Saturday Session 21-Feb-2009


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    Swinley Saturday Session 21-Feb-2009

    Post  On_One_Ti_456 on Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:24 am

    Event Subject: Swinley Saturday MTB Sessions 8/8
    Event Date: 21-2-2009 (9:00:00) - 21-2-2009 (12:00:00)

    Event Description:

    This is the last of the Swinley rides for this winter, we'll be back later in the year no doubt. Hope you can make it along, especially if you haven't made it to any of the others.

    IMPORTANT: Next week we are repeating our 08 'tour' of Mychett with another ride around with the Tunnel Hill Trolls. You will need to be a regular intermediate rider to join. Sorry, no inexperienced riders on that one.

    With the intention of short blasts over each section, the pace will be easy so you will only need a basic level of fitness. Your technical skills also need only be basic, the idea is to help develop them in a suitable environment and you can always ride around anything you don''t like the look of.
    The forest has a designated ''Expert Mountain Bike'' area and the rest of the forest is criss-crossed with excellent single-track which we will start on before heading over to the expert area. Despite its popularity the trails are not busy and at the end of the rides we will stop at the cafe.

    To ride there you should have a £2 day pass, but as these are only available to purchase from 10am you can purchase one (or buy an annual pass) online at:;jsessionid=15495293e973d29/shopdata/index.shopscript

    Don't panic if you turn up without a pass, we will sort something out but do please make the effort beforehand.

    Bring helmet/gloves/glasses/cash/spare inner/pump/water/fuel etc and dress appropriately for the weather.

    The Details:

    Meeting Place: The Lookout Car Park, RG12 7QW (opposite Coral Reef), Swinley Forest
    Timing: Meet 0845 for 0900 departure
    Duration: Medium (approx 2.5hrs)
    Difficulty: Mostly Blue/Moderate with some Red/Difficult
    Ascent: No big climbs
    Tea Stop: Proper cafe at the end
    Average Speed/Pace Style: Social Pace
    Distance: Approx 12 miles (mostly singletrack with technical sections)
    Route: 95% singletrack
    Ride Organiser: Mark Reynolds

    Hope that you can make it along.

    Mark Reynolds
    MTB Secretary


    The keys below are relative to the types of ride that the club does and distances covered within the duration will be affected by the terrain, ascent, weather and ability of the group.

    Short - Up to 2 hours
    Medium - 2-3 hours
    Long - 3-4 hours
    Mini-epic - 4-5 hours
    Epic - 5+ hours

    Green/Easy - Rides with very low risk, but may include short, more difficult sections. Shallow climbs and descents.
    Blue/Moderate - Some loose surfaces, ruts, potholes and or tree roots. Shallow or moderate climbs, possibly including short sections of steeper climbs.
    Red/Difficult - Unavoidable berms, boardwalks, large stones, moderate steps and drop offs. Cambers, water crossings and ''North Shore'' may be present. A wide range of steeper, tougher climbs and descents of a challenging nature.
    Black/Severe - Unavoidable obstacles with large steps and drop-offs. There will be prolonged steep, loose and rocky surfaces. Some man made structures will be included. Can include exposed open hill sections. Any rideable or usable gradient, including steep loose, and rocky descents.

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