MTB - Marple evening ride
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While the long summer evenings are here I plan to run a few evening rides which are easily accessible from Manchester. The plan will be to publish the ride about 1 week before. If the weather is bad then the ride will get postponed and I will look for another suitable date.
This ride covers a loop around the Marple area bordering on the Peak District, easily accessible from Greater Manchester. There are some great technical descents including Zig Zag, Little Mill Descent, The Fox DH.
For this ride you will need to be competent on red-graded descents and have a good hard tail or full suspension mountain bike. It will also be a good idea to have lights as a precaution.
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IMPORTANT! - Participation Statement
You MUST complete the Cycling Participation Statement in addition to booking your event space before attending a cycling event.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who has recently tested positive for Covid-19, is asked not to attend.
What to bring
- A good quality mountain bike. Preferably full suspension, but hardtails are fine.
- Puncture repair kit (or better still a spare inner tube) and tyre levers. Also any special tools that your bike needs.
- Food - bring small snacks such as chocolate bars and energy foods.
- Plenty of water (minimum 2lts)
- Eye protection - impact from a bee, grit or even a fly at speed is extremely unpleasant, sunglasses may do if not made of glass and not too shaded.
- Clothing: choose suitable clothes and footwear for the weather forecast and time of year. You will be exercising so lightweight layered clothing is best. Shorts are best even in rain, as they allow free movement of your legs. Jeans are useless if it rains but tracksuit bottoms need to be not too baggy or they may snag in the chain and cause an accident. You'll need trainers or similar with grippy soles for standard pedals.
- Cyclist's Helmet - Outdoorlads policy asks you to wear a helmet to events. A full face helmet would be a good idea for those intending to descend quickly.
- Pads. Optional, but knee and elbow pads can stop a fall from ruining your day.
- Bag you will need a small day-sack (or panniers on your own bike) to carry essential clothing, water and an emergency snack.
- Front lights are recommended.
Food & drink
Bring plenty of water and some snacks to give you energy.