Night Rides

Night Rides

Before coming along to a night ride please read ALL of this article to make sure its the right ride for you.

The local nocturnal trail monkeys regularly meet up on a Wednesday night for a brisk, informal ride normally lasting about 2 hours.

The ride doesn't follow set trails every week, it's mix and match of what the forest, and surrounding rights of access have to offer depending on what people want to ride, what the weather is like etc.

All the riders in the group use helmet mounted LED based lights running 900+ lumens. Standard road lights on the bars are not good enough for technical terrain, you need a bright light pointing where you are looking, not where your bars are pointing. A few people use a secondary light on their bars for climbs or that little bit extra which works well.

We'd recommend that you are familiar with the forest and ride there regularly before you head along on a night ride, if you get a mechanical you may need to find your own way back to the car in the dark. You should also be capable of riding red and black routes comfortably in the light before coming along in the dark, if you end up pushing most of the ride its not going to be much fun. Be prepared for roots, mud, rocks, owls and the occasional badger!

The pace is sometimes quite quick at the start but there are always stops to regroup. If you do need to leave the group for any reason please let someone know, the guys have been stood waiting for people who've decided to turn back without saying anything - that makes us sad :o(

I hope the above info helps. We're a friendly bunch and keen to help if you're new to the night riding thing. If you've got any questions about the necessary fitness/skill/kit, then please email. We'll be pleased to help.

On the other hand, if you're an experienced singletrack monkey with all the kit - then just turn up on Wednesday night!

The meeting point is near the toilet block in the carpark at 7pm, there are often a few groups out at a similar time so if you want to tag along, go over and say hello so they know you want to join in or you'll be assumed to be with another group.

Remember this is a free to join ride where you can join us for a friendly, informal ride, taking in both man made and natural routes which can be very technically challenging. This is not a guided ride, so you are responsible for yourself, your bike, your snacks and your own safety. Please make sure you have the right kit and spares for the conditions. Ritual mockings are delivered to repeated mechanicals or punctures without spare tubes, you have been warned!

A pint in the Cross Keys afterwards.