Last weekend I took charge of my 3rd ride for MB Swindon. It was rated as Novice Friendly by club definitions. This meant that it wasn’t to be too challenging, technical, long etc – generally a ride that anyone with a reasonable level of fitness could join in. Importantly the ride has to be at a pace that everyone is comfortable with. Within the first mile we had to get off and push because of the muddy climb. This was then followed by a series of muddy bridleways.
While they were tough going in places, mostly they were just slippery and keeping momentum and any sort of speed was the most challenging part of the ride.
Thankfully we didn’t have any punctures – not bad for 11 riders travelling 16-17 miles through the occasionally thorny bridleway. Though I did find a puncture caused by an inch long thorn in my rear tyre a few days later. We did however get one snapped chain. This was quickly fixed without too much difficulty.
Despite me trying to encourage some of the riders to take an alternate route through this section no one seemed up for a dip!
It was tough going for a Novice ride and they were all glad when we had chance to let loose down the side of Cherhill in front of the monument.
The weather was great and it stayed dry (at least from the sky) for us. My only regret was we didnt get more photos.