Sunday 20thDec: Just back from a most fun day out! Santa Phil and myself met up with Cliftoner's, Reindeer Steph, Reindeer Pete, Santa Rich and Santa Alex, for a mountain bike ride in Dalby Forest.
We all braved the most extreme weather we have all seen in a long time. On the way out the cars thermometer was showing -13C and the roads were white over. Our meeting point of the top car park in Dalby was unattainable low profile rubber did not offer enough grip to get up the hill out of Thornton. We all re-grouped at the bottom of the hill and set off to cycle up the hill the cars failed on. One wheel drive won the day and we got to Low Dalbya short time later. We headed deeper into the forest with little difficulty whilst the snow stayed thin, as soon as we hit the axle deep stuff we had had it! Off and push.
Lucky for us under the trees the snow stayed thin and me generally made good progress if a little slow, the downhills were fantastic, carving through deep fresh snow, just like skiing if you could remember were the berms were under the snow. Even falling off didn't hurt! Bonus!
We made it back to Thornton by 2.30pm a little less frozen than we started off and with an average speed enough to make any roadie envious! 4mph Not bad I say in the these conditions.
Great ride, great day, looking forward to the next one.
PS. next time you see Phil ask him why he has a pink saddle!