Thursday, October 12, 2006

MBR Chilterns Killer Loop

I noticed this route in MBR, (October 2006), recently and as it is not too far away I thought it might be worth giving it a try - though after recent rain I suspect it may well be quite muddy!

What do you think, currently I can do most weekends in November apart from the last one.

Also thinking of testing it out in advance one weekday if anyone else has flexibility.

14 Comments:


Farqui said...

After some 60 miles, Waltington was where I bailed out of Drude's Ridgeway "epic". So on this route I'd get another mile or two towards Chequers.

Count me in.

With the exception of Sat 11th all other Nov wkends are clear.

The route looks like it some pretty steep climbs...


Rob said...

I'll play, 11th/12th I can do as well as 25th/26th. Do you have a TRL or just the MBR route?


Farqui said...

TL now uploaded to the Routes resource page.


darren said...

Looks like a good ride so you can count me in. After lengthy negotiations with a higher power I'm allowed, which is nice. Let me know when.


Farqui said...

Wkend of 11/12th is now free, with Chipmunk now working on Sat 4th.


uphilla said...

11th/12th is looking favourite, hope to do 'test' run next week sometime.


dozer said...

Is it just me. Or is the outline of this route a Scotyy/Westy (thats a type of dog!)


uphilla said...

You will be hearing voices next! Seems appropriate, though, as we have three of the blighters in our house.. :-)


dozer said...

Did you decide on the Sat (10th) or Sun (11th)? Trying to plan my busy social life!


uphilla said...

Saturday or Sunday will be Ok for me depending on time. Sunday (12th??) is probably best.


Farqui said...

Sunday suits me best,. Bring it on 'cos I've not turned a knobbly for ages.


uphilla said...

It is looking like a 10 am start from Watlington Village - see you there!


chipmunk said...

Don't forget that Sunday is Remembrance Day, some local villages will have roads closed for parades etc. Wouldn't want anyone to be late and keep the gang waiting!


uphilla said...

Finally got out to 'test' the route yesterday. With clear skies promised I gave myself the day off and headed down to the Chilterns - it was a real treat, some of the best natural trails I have ridden enhanced by a cool, bright autumn day.

Ride time with a couple of breaks was around 3½ hours, so might be a bit longer on Sunday. I suggest we meet at the free car park in Watlington, (signposted - come off at Jn 6 of M40 and when you come into the village take a left onto short one-way street, then it is on the right). There is an all-day pub near the carpark and one on route if needed.

Despite the autumn leaves, conditions were very good yesterday with very little mud. There are some hard climbs, I cleared most of them, but one beat me, (I was relieved to read in MBR that no-one has cleared it yet!). The reward is some long and fast downhills. There is nothing too technical, but I was nearly caught out by a very big step down on one narrow bridleway!

In my rush to be off I left my map in the car and had so navigated by GPS for the first time. It mostly worked well with only a couple of diversions.

I know you all anxiously waiting to know how my gears performed :-) - well initially they were as bad as usual, but strangely settled down to working properly after a few miles. Fingers crossed!

The Garmin Edge gives me a 'virtual partner' when I use 'Courses' - must say this made the ride more interesting - my 'partner' got well ahead after I took a couple of wrong turns, but by the end I had caught up and overtaken. I think you always ride harder on your own and today my legs know I have done a 'Killer Loop' - will have to rest up a bit if i am going to do it again Sunday.


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