I’d forgotten how good it is to sneak in a mid week ride. After fantastic weather on Wednesday I was looking forward to escaping the city and heading back over to North Wales. The disappointment at waking to see Mancunian drizzle on Thursday morning, was matched by it’s incescent downpour to the extent I went back into the house to get waterproofs.

The rain might have stopped around Chester, but the reprive was short lived and on the 30 minute uphill climb from Neil and Lardy’s to Llandegla the weather and low cloud returned. Arriving soggy at the cafe meant it was only fair to warm up again by having some tea and cake before heading up the main climb. It was great to blitz around the near empty trails and ride the skills areas without the unspoken judgement of people half your age and ten times better than you watching an amateurish performance. I still have no idea how your supposed to get enough speed into those first skill area big jumps to clear them all.


Pea soup type low cloud and the kind of tacky trails that suck all the power out of your legs didn’t deter from the moment. It was great to ride around knowing colleagues were at work and that you’d played the trump card and escaped. The discovery of a slow puncture in the front wheel and a broken spoke in the back didn’t spoil it either. Must do it again.

Author: Cris Bloomfield

Usually mountain biking in the North.

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