Ride the Long Mynd - Shropshire Cross-Country MTB - Day1of2
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Put on your thermals and join Will for a weekend of cross-country mountain biking in the Shropshire Hills.
The Long Mynd is an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty with a fantastic selection of cross-country trails. The route will be approximately 30km and will criss-cross the hill. A reasonable level of fitness and experience will be required as the climbs can be fairly brutal and descents technical in places. If you are just branching out into mountain biking or not too sure if the route is for you, get in touch with the leader. If there is enough interest he may be able to organise an easier route to run in parallel to this one.
On the Saturday evening why not join us at a social in Shrewsbury which has more pubs than you can shake a stick at. In fact if you don't fancy the ride, why not just come along to the social to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
On Sunday there will be a shorter less technical ride near Hope Bowdler, followed by lunch in a country pub.
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.
Food & drink
Please bring plenty to eat and drink. As day light hours will be short, we will be eating on the hoof. If time we will stop for a shandy afterwards.