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The Southdowns Mountain bike club had been given a small number of entries kindly donated by Wiggle that were, in spite of a grim looking weather forecast, eagerly filled. Some of us had never ridden an off road Wiggle ride before, we had heard that these popular events were well organised -
Despite the conditions and odd shower, all the riders we met were very friendly and in good spirits -
The end of the route came back into the racecourse after a testing thirty one miles not excessive but certainly plenty given the conditions. The toilet/changing facilities were most welcome as this provided somewhere warm and dry to change for the journey home.
The course was very well signposted and adequately marshalled. A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all, despite the 'not-
Gary, Terry, Phil, Dave & Steve -
The event was based at the Salisbury racecourse which offered plenty of parking complete with toilet/changing facilities and a welcome greeting from smiling Wiggle staff.
After a short safety briefing it was off in to the Wiltshire countryside in staged starting groups of fifty riders, avoiding any 'massing' problems and ensure that each group had room to breath -
Having set off in a brief shower, it soon became apparent that the previous nights rain had caused extremely muddy and slippery trail conditions, however with a steady attuned approach it was even possible to remain upright on the bike!
The first half of the route itself headed in a westerly direction shared by the the standard route, eventually heading out on a big loop back in an easterly direction which contained most of the steepest ascents, in total taking in over 2,100 feet of climbing. The route then eventually tracked around and re-
The beauty of a well organised “off road” event is exactly what it says on the tin -
Quite a few muddy lanes and single tracks lay ahead with plenty of deep water filled potholes that couldn't be avoided -