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mikebert4mikebert4 Posts: 93
edited July 2012 in MTB rides
I know I've seen a few of you out and about; a quick flash of a back wheel from round a corner, a furtive glance towards what -might- be a respectable bike here and there.

Stop hiding in the shadows! Lets get a decent group together and hopefully get some riding in over the summer.

Also, I'm in desperate need of good riding spots, there just aren't -any- in Peterborough (corrections welcome :) ) since they started building Hampton :(



any takers?


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  • Dude the closest thing I can think of is Thetford Forest (I'm about half an hour south of you though). Pay œ6 to park there all day and the trails are yours. Whether you're into gentle XC, bomb runs, or the notorious 'black ride' you should find everything you need there.

    I found it to be a useful proving ground allowing me to highlight all the flawed areas of my 2001 Carrera Kraken (there were many, obviously!) and upgrade pretty much the whole rig as a result. They also run an open competition in April, loads of different categories to suit whatever kind of rider you are. Personally I'll be in the geriatric puffing-and-wheezing category ;)

    HTH

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  • Sir HCSir HC Posts: 20,148
    There are trails out towards Oundle, nothing technical at all, just a few hills and nice countryside.

    Chicksands is worth a trip, never been to Thetford yet, might go at some point though.

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  • JediJedi Posts: 827
    thetford black route is a joke for grading trails.why oh why does every trail center feel the need for a black run.its red at very best!
  • acacacac Posts: 348
    i be out riding this friday and may be on sunday some where around ferry meddows area what do you ride
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  • im out most nights at the mo riding my trance. found a few good routes and theres actually a few bits of singletrack which are good. can show you some routes if you want? what do you ride?

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  • rappermikeprappermikep Posts: 38
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Jedi</i>

    thetford black route is a joke for grading trails.why oh why does every trail center feel the need for a black run.its red at very best!
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    I'll second that, worst of all they have the cheek to call one section 'the beast' - my girlfriend did it on problem on her 1st time MTB'ing!

    As someone else said, go to Chicksands, it's wicked.

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  • mikebert4mikebert4 Posts: 93
    Well, I ride a Specialized Rockhopper Pro (my new toy). It's a nice bike but it kind of limits me to XC/singletrack (I say limits, I pretty much ride what i dare. :)

    I've found a nice old Quarry out near Yarwell thats good fun (more freeride than much else). Which I've been hitting a lot this week, perhaps a trip that way would be good?

    I'll definately be out this sunday most of the day, just geting in some distance round Ferry Medows, perhaps heading over Rutland way, if Peterboroughrider or Acac are free want to come out and exchange routes/ have some fun?

    Thetford is definately on for a day trip in a weekend or two as well.


    Thanks for the sugesstions all, hopefully get to ride with a few of you soon :)

    Mike out.

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  • mongooseTE17mongooseTE17 Posts: 328
    <font size="1"><blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by rappermikep</i>

    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Jedi</i>

    thetford black route is a joke for grading trails.why oh why does every trail center feel the need for a black run.its red at very best!
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    I'll second that, worst of all they have the cheek to call one section 'the beast' - my girlfriend did it on problem on her 1st time MTB'ing!

    As someone else said, go to Chicksands, it's wicked.

    http://www.bedsfattrax.org


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    People are trying to improve the beast. At the bottom there was a few small kikers, two medium sized doubles and and sketchy table top.
    People are always knocking down the jumps that other people build up witch is a shame.


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  • mikebert4mikebert4 Posts: 93
    Well, It's official. Keep an eye out for me around Ferry Medows. I'll be on my Rockhopper and I'll probally be wearing some DPM shorts. :)

    If anyone else happens to be in the area around midday tomorrow then feel free to stop me!


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  • mikebert4mikebert4 Posts: 93
    Heh. Rain.

    Typical.

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  • you ever ride in the week? im around pboro more in the week evenin time as i go chicksands or thetford most weekends

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  • adiec1adiec1 Posts: 4
    thetford, paying 6 pound for that is a joke, park in the brandon side for nothing and there are some far better unmarked trails. but in fairness thetford is ok for cross country as you can point your bike anywhere and follow the mud. the red route is newer and faster and you do discover different bomb holes, but in general brandon is best and its all linked together!
  • mikebert4mikebert4 Posts: 93
    I ride most nights up around ferry meddows area, anywhere betqween 4 and 7pm. Just keeping the legs in shape etc.

    I'm actually off on a nice trip today up Rutland way, and will be stopping at FM for a wee while on the way home. Leaving at midday so expect to see Ferry meddows anywhere between 5 and 6:30-ish.

    One day soon I'll bump into one of ya :p

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  • acacacac Posts: 348
    wish i could go and ride futher away am a bit limted as i dont drive gets a bit boreing same sort of places but hay i love my bike
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  • mikebert4mikebert4 Posts: 93
    Acac, what do you ride? Have you tried out Old Sulehey (near Yarwell). I usually drive out there with a mate, but it's rideable in an hour from Peterborough.

    Guess where I've been all day today.. :D

    It's a good little area, and I'm seriously considering taking a shovel out there and developing some serious trails.

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  • acacacac Posts: 348
    hi mikeber14 i ride a cannondale prophet no i dont no where Old Sulehey is
    i hope to be out sunday or next monday i give it a try.
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  • -Stone 3--Stone 3- Posts: 114
    go to chicksnads, its great- there's a real variety of trails there, none too hard.

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    i mean chicksands

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  • jamieayresjamieayres Posts: 282
    The Old Sulehey quarry sounds interesting, might have to check it out, as Peterborough and the surrounding areas are a bit sparse for decent trails. There is a few ok runs...but not much.
  • <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by mikebert4</i>

    Acac, what do you ride? Have you tried out Old Sulehey (near Yarwell). I usually drive out there with a mate, but it's rideable in an hour from Peterborough.

    Guess where I've been all day today.. :D

    It's a good little area, and I'm seriously considering taking a shovel out there and developing some serious trails.

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    Is this the Nature Reserve area? Or the actual quary?
  • ojojojoj Posts: 0
    Hi I think he means the nature reserve bit. There's an ok track from pboro to the quarry and back
  • jamieayresjamieayres Posts: 282
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by ojoj</i>

    Hi I think he means the nature reserve bit. There's an ok track from pboro to the quarry and back
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    Now that i would be interested to hear about, was scouting for trails on me motorbike on monday and clocked the bridleway from the reserve to wansford and that was about it....but admittedly its hard to spot trails from the road[:D]
  • acacacac Posts: 348
    hi i like to check out the quary can some one tell me the best way to to go on bike from p,borough centre thanks
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  • jamieayresjamieayres Posts: 282
    I am currently trying to work out the best way from boro to the quarry, while trying to keep in some of my favorite little tracks like the singletrack along the river in ferry meadows.

    If you want the most direct way i would assume it would be:

    Peterborough C/C > Ferry Meadows > into back of Water Newton > along the A1> down past Wansford Station> cross over at stibbington > head into and through Yarwell to Old Sulehay.

    ...i am trying to come up with a better half decent route tho as i have ridden along the a1 before and it both sucks and blows.
  • TroopyTroopy Posts: 202
    There is a bridleway with a little road that leads from Chesterton through to Yarwell Mill the last bit however is on the nene way foot path but hey take it steady and no one bothers you.

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  • mikebert4mikebert4 Posts: 93
    *nods* I tend to ride Troopy's route.

    Be wary about the quarry though, the quarry itself isn't as good as it could be for us MTBers. Whereas the little nature reserve next door is superb. The only problem comes then with the prescence of any scruples you might have on that matter..



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  • jamieayresjamieayres Posts: 282
    So far i have really only gone through the back of yarwell as a part of a loop through castor/castor hanglands/upton/sackwell water mill/wansford/elton etc. Defo going to go exploring down the quarry/reserve route either after work this week or the weekend, was going to try southey woods this weekend but will put that on hold. Do i assume we have no permission to go down the quarry? Just curious in case an eye has to be kept out for anyone.

    Is the bridleway marked in chesterton? Rode through their a few times on way back from elton and cant remember seeing anything.
  • acacacac Posts: 348
    i be going on saturday if weather ok may be see some of you there i be leaveing about 7am if i can find it lol
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  • jamieayresjamieayres Posts: 282
    7am? Damn thats early. I have a day off today so going to try and actually find my way there and have a little look as its blazing sunshine at the moment[:D]


    EDIT: Ok, i went through Chesterton earlier to look for the start of the trail from there to Yarwell but came up blank. The only bridleway i found was on the right hand side (as i am facing towards Elton) and i went down it, there were a few houses on the right and a field with horses in on the left but the bridleway terminates in a gate in front of what looks like a hay storage building/farm or something with no clear signs to say which way to go next.

    A little help/directions would be appreciated[:)]
  • ojojojoj Posts: 0
    you have to go through the gate and through the little farm (between the hay barn and the brick building). The track continues afterwards round to the left...
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