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Saturday, 13 June 2009

Five rides in a week

Whitsun half term saw us of to the Lakes for a week. We were taking the motorhome so I had to leave the boat behind and take the bike. My injured neck appears to be on the mend thanks to the Ashtanga Yoga so it was a chance to get some of my lost fitness back.
We stayed on a really nice quiet and small site at Newbiggin near Penrith. Tuesday evening I was sent into Penrith to collect a chinese. That was ride number one, 3.5 miles down hill with the wind behind me. A nice ride back, 3.5 miles uphill with a head wind.

Ride number two was far more interesting. We rode from Croglin on the eastern fringe of the Lakes (famous for its vampire apparently.

After a short road section we climbed up on to the fells.

The riding was mainly on stoned bridleways covered with a thin layer of grass - biking heaven.

There was even a river crossing.

The fells are quite exposed with good views north to Scotland over The Solway Firth.

We finished two hours later at Castle Carrick after a sweet bit of bridleway through some scenic woodland.

Ride number three was Thursday evening. We visited Whinlatter Forest visitor centre and rode the newly opened red route.
This is a really good trail. It is an optomistic red route I found it nearer the few black routes that I have ridden. There are some really big berms, loads of jumps and some really aggresive up hill switchbacks.

Ride number four was on Saturday a two hour local ride around Southerndown and St Brides.

On Sunday we went to Glyncorrwg and rode Whites Level including Energy.

All in all a good week.

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