8 hours saddle time. The first loop headed out into the Raby Estate for some slogging but also some super trails through the woods.
Then two laps of Hamsterley – some of the usual trails and some other. I missed the official cut-off for the last lap by 5 minutes, but carried on and completed it on my own anyway. I still managed to catch up people that had made the cut off.
It was a great event all in aid of Great North Air Ambulance.
The Gisburn Forest red “8” trail is as brilliant as it is brutal. Unforgiving and seemingly never ending. It’s all worth it for “hully gully” – the closest you’ll come to dancing on your bike, or riding down a roller coaster!!
I also did the blue as a warm up – even that was pretty good and tricky in places!!
Despite a bit of an epic getting there and back, the day out with the bikes at Grizedale Forest was great. The technical route was full of fun, if a little short. We were done in about an hour and a half.