Sunday, April 09, 2006

Cannock Revealed

Yesterday some of the Knobblies posse met up at Cannock Chase where a few new faces could be matched to Blogger id's :p The initial plan was to hit Follow the Dog and then use DangerousDave's fair knowledge of the area for an explore. However, at the eleventh hour Mick (a local) stepped in and offered to show us noobies around and what a fine job he did. Thanx to Rob and Les for a slightly later than planned start some of us managed to scoff down an early bacon and egg sarny B)

Mick started us off on the FtD trail and then turned us north over to a huge sandpit for a few minutes fun speeding down the drops and some of us xc boys even managed to get some air, albeit unplanned ! We then meandered north towards the cafe in Moulton for a breather and some top nosh, before cranking our way back to finish of the last few sections of FtD. With Mick's help we managed to continue the fun outside the waymarked areas and link in some lovely new sections (to us) of singletrack to the north which definitely help to make this a much more interesting venue. The roaming deer we occassionally glimpsed helped entertain the more eagle eyed amongst us. Even the weather didn't manage to dampen our sprits although towards the end some of the posse were feeling the climbs more than others. All in all, a top ride with some top banter - cheers fella's. Pics here.

Posse: Brumster, DangerousDave, Darren, Dozer, Farqui, Les, Mick, Rob

Weather: started off sunny and not too cold considering the sprinkling of snow on the ground. However, at the cafe stop the heavens opened and doused us all. We manged to miss most of the first down downpour tucking into fry ups and lemon pies but we got pelted with hail stones on the last leg back to the Birches car park.

Mechanicals: Farqui's new Mono M4 pads wailed almost continually for the first half of the ride but the rain and grit helped to wear down the pads to provide some much needed peace and quiet, sorry guys :blush Les manged to perfectly time his 1st puncture to the cafe stop but we thought he'd gotten lost on the very last section when he'd actually managed to acquire another.


Dan Howell said...

Re-posted from earlier blog :-

Stonking day, with a wonderful array of weather and an excellent guide by the name of Mick who made it all the better.

Learnt a few things :-

1) If your hydration pack has got that horrible plasticky taste to water coming out of it, then soak it the night before with a liberal dose of lemon juice. Swill it around a bit, leave it in there for an hour, then swill out with cold water. Plasticky taste doesn't really disappear so much as is now fully masked by a lovely citrus taste instead :)

2) The Liquid is bomb-proof. Not a problem with it all day. More than can be said for someone's spotty ;).

3) I am a weakling, and the damage done by 7 months out of the saddle is (painfully) obvious. Sorry for holding up the pack guys!

4) Downhill is cool. Jumps are cool. Dangerous Dave is a God.

5) Lemon Meringue Pie is the fuel of heroes. 'nuff said.

6) Cannock Chase has at least 18 miles of interesting route. And the quarry-come-jump-park is pretty funky.

Pictures to follow on as usual. Right now, I'm off to walk the dog (this is going to hurt) then pop in the pub for a healthy bite to eat and a pint!

Thanks to all for making it a great day out.

Farqui said...

Ahem, yeah my rubbing brake was v.annoying and I'm sorry. At first, the only time it shut up was when I dragged the brake. Which is no fun going up hill :x Thankfully they shut up after the rain and grit had ground 'em down - quite a portion of my nearly new pads were gone so I recommend that you check yours...

Great pic's and a big thank you to those that got their lenses out.

Rob said...

Great day, thanks for the organising, very well done.

Mick the guide was great, nearly as great as the greasy spoon!!

More of the same please!!

daahnhilla said...

Thanks for organising yet another fab ride farqui! (and a big thanks for the lift and bacon butty!:D)

Also a big thanks to Mike providing local knowledge and photography!

XC IS cool!

I'll have to try the lemon juice thing.... it's getting pretty bad.....!

Till next time.....

Farqui said...

Hmmm, as everyone seemed happy with this ride, me thinks that it's time that I hatched another. Stay tuned folks...

dozer said...

Great day out. Even enjoyed the uphill bits. Not sure about the narrow bits through the trees, I dont do narrow.
Big thanks to Mick, for showing us round and finding Les (well for showing us round anyway!)
Glad to see there are no comments on here so far about Rob and toll booths (left behind by a golf and a 4*4, he he)

Looking forward to the next ride, working on some more excuses.
Cheers... Dozer