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Dusty1985
Hi Steve,

I wouldn't say i'm unfit, just not as fit as i'd like to be!
I love Scotland also, as it happens I'm heading up there this Tuesday. Got relatives in the south west, 2 minutes from Kirroughtree! I'm planning on hiking up Mount Merrick in the snow and riding Kirroughtree and Dalbeattie trail centres. They're both excellent IMO.
sad
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sad
Hi I'm Sean.  I moved to Louth just under a year ago from Rasen.  I took up MTB earlier this year (2015) after promising myself a bike as my "mid life crisis".  I'm trying to build up my fitness at the moment with mostly road rides in and around the wolds and Louth.  I endeavour to get out two or three evenings a week and most Saturdays.  I tackled Dalby red run this week and loved every peddle turning minute.  Hope to catch up with some of you soon.  Any suggestions for rides or trails welcome.
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Immersion Peter
Hi Sean,

Great to hear from you.

We are a friendly crowd and welcome newcomers.  None of us are mega-fit at the moment, so don't hold back from joining a group ride thinking that you will struggle to keep up - we'll always wait anyway.

You will be very welcome to join us on any of our rides.  The most popular regular ride is on Sunday morning.  We usually start at about 9.30 from one of about five starting points around the Wolds area and ride for about twenty miles.  Keep an eye on the Sunday rides thread for up to date information.

We also have a regular night ride from Horncastle.  This is typically a bit faster-paced and usually starts at about 7.00pm from Stanhope Hall car park off the Boston road  We generally cover 25 to 30 miles depending on the chosen route and conditions.

Hope to meet you soon.

Peter
It'll be all Whyte on the night 😃
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Dave Laing
Hi All,

Short introduction, Im Dave living in Glentworth (Nr Caenby corner) just getting back into mountain biking, dont know any local routes at all so looking for others to go out with.
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Steve IOM
Hi Dave

There are a few muddy bridle and footpaths around Glentworth, Fillingham and Ingham but nothing of any interest.
I usually drive to Walesby or Willingham Woods to find some hills. Plenty of reasonable routes around there.
A bit further afield it's a toss up between Louth and Sherwood which are about the same distance from us. If the Louth lads are out on Sunday morning its always a good social ride.
Sherwood pines is not too challenging from a technical point of view but it is fun and you can make it a good workout by going faster and doing 2 or 3 laps of the Red(ish) route.
Peak District is the best day out from here, Ladybower / Hope / Edale all great as long as its not been too wet.

Will drop you an email with my details.

Steve.
A Change of Mud, Will do you Good
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lou.c
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Edinburgh-based but occasionally visit North Lincs.  Bought my first MTB in 2013 and totally caught the bug, like a typical mid-life crisis.  Mostly ride Scottish trail centres; Glentress and Innerleithen closest and most often, and branching out to more natural day-rides and cross-country races (for fun and fitness training).
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markian
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hi im mark 44 from louth. was wondering if there is anywhere local to ride. nothing extreme just a few dirt trails. can you ride around willingham woods?
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Immersion Peter
Quite a bit of trail riding round here if you know where to go.  We often meet up for a group ride on a Sunday morning. I am doing the Calderdale MTB marathon this Sunday, but would be happy to meet up with you and show you a few trails round the Belchford and Tetford area. Suggest texting me on 07967 440946.
It'll be all Whyte on the night 😃
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Steve IOM
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Hi Mark
Peter will give you plenty of information around the Louth Area.

I often ride from Willingham Woods, there are tracks around the Woods but they are mainly flat.
There are quite a few grass and gravel trails to the north and east, towards Binbrook, Swallow or Nettleton, and with a few tarmac links you can make up 10, 20 or 30+ mile routes from W.Woods

Keep an eye out for the Sunday Social rides if you are free, but this weekend I too am heading for Calderdale.
A Change of Mud, Will do you Good
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Nik Gnashers
In reply to this post by justin partridge
Hi all,
My name is Nik, I'm 46 and live in Lincoln.
I got into mountain biking in the late 80's, but got into other hobbies from the mid 90's, and have recently (about a year ago) returned to the hobby.
I am a none-drinking/smoking keep fit fanatic (yeah I know, a saddo lol), so mountain biking is the perfect way for me to not only get out in the countryside away from traffic and people, but also keep fit too.
My current ride is a 2015 Felt Virtue 50, which I have already destroyed both wheels (standard ones were really crappy hubs / WTB rims), so these have been upgraded to Hope Tech 2 hubs / Hope Tech Enduro rims. I ditched the triple chainrings (and front mech / shifter) for a 34t RaceFace n/w setup, and coupled with the XT clutch rear mech, I have had no chain drops yet :-)
I have been struggling to find anywhere in Lincs to ride, so I joined this forum to hopefully find out some routes, and maybe even meet / ride with some of you members.
I have been travelling every weekend to trail centres. I started going to Sherwood pines, just to get me back in the saddle, but quickly got bored, and have been to Cannock Chase (good), Gisburn Forest (really good), and my regular place which is Dalby Forest (pretty good). I wouldn't say I am an amazing biker, but I do like to challenge myself a bit, and try to push for good times and hit the Reds (and some of the Blacks) to find my limits and hopefully continue to increase my riding skills.
That's enough rambling from me, I hope to meet some of you in the future. Do you do any 'forum rides' ?
Nik
So many hobbies - So little time
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Steve IOM
Hi Nik

Sounds like you are a bit too fit and fast for my pace, but don't worry as most of the others on here are quicker than me too. The last time I went to Dalby I had to bail onto the Blue a few miles from the end because I had emptied the tank trying to keep up with Guy & Roger & Malcolm, but it was good training and certainly helped towards attaining my fastest time at the Calderdale event last weekend.

The Lincolnshire Wolds is hardly mountainous but there are plenty of steady XC routes with enough off-road to keep it interesting and you can manage 400 to 500m of climbing in 20 -25 miles. The super sticky clay does make some of the trails unpleasant during the winter, but we don't have unlimited fuel budgets so it is the season of more cleaning time and less travelling time.

We do get to Sherwood occasionally, it is OK for a change, especially on a really windy day when riding in open country would be unpleasant, I've never been to Cannock - don't see the point when the Peak District and Dalby are nearer - I have ridden Gisburn and did enjoy it, even on a VERY wet August Bank Holiday a few years ago.

Keep an eye on the Sunday rides list on here, hope to see you out soon.
A Change of Mud, Will do you Good
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Nik Gnashers

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the email.

I do like to push myself a bit especially at trail centres where there are others doing the same thing, it can get a bit competitive which I enjoy in a friendly way.

But, at other times, it is nice to just have a nice steady plod and actually enjoy the surroundings, and more so when it is a new trail or area.

I would love to meet up with some fellow yellowbellied riders, and have a crack at some new routes around the wolds. I travel across them 4 times a week, as I am a van driver for St. Barnabas Hospice, and deliver stock to shops / collect donations, in Skegness, Mablethorpe, Louth, Alford, Spilsby, Horncastle (also Grantham, Spalding, Bourne too).

I have often looked out as I have been driving and thought 'there must be some great tracks over 'there' somewhere, so it would be great to tag along when some of you ride there.

Cannock is brilliant in it's technical challenge and route layout, BUT, I found the actual trail surface to be actually dangerous. It's as if somebody has laid a layer of very shiny pebbles and trampled them into the mud. When I went it was wet, and I had absolutely no confidence at all, because every turn I could feel my front wheel drifting / oversteering wide, and felt I could face plant at any moment, really no fun at all, maybe better in the dry ?

At Dalby however, even in the wet it is still very grippy and fun.

I think Gisburn is my favourite :-)

Hopefully make it to a few of the sunday rides, as the Dalby/Gisburn trail centres are a bit too far to go in the winter, not enough daylight to get there, ride, get back and clean the bike lol !

Regards,

Nik
 


Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:10:31 -0700
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Hi Nik

Sounds like you are a bit too fit and fast for my pace, but don't worry as most of the others on here are quicker than me too. The last time I went to Dalby I had to bail onto the Blue a few miles from the end because I had emptied the tank trying to keep up with Guy & Roger & Malcolm, but it was good training and certainly helped towards attaining my fastest time at the Calderdale event last weekend.

The Lincolnshire Wolds is hardly mountainous but there are plenty of steady XC routes with enough off-road to keep it interesting and you can manage 400 to 500m of climbing in 20 -25 miles. The super sticky clay does make some of the trails unpleasant during the winter, but we don't have unlimited fuel budgets so it is the season of more cleaning time and less travelling time.

We do get to Sherwood occasionally, it is OK for a change, especially on a really windy day when riding in open country would be unpleasant, I've never been to Cannock - don't see the point when the Peak District and Dalby are nearer - I have ridden Gisburn and did enjoy it, even on a VERY wet August Bank Holiday a few years ago.

Keep an eye on the Sunday rides list on here, hope to see you out soon.
A Change of Mud, Will do you Good



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kBarker455
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Hi, My Names Kye.

I have been mountain biking since 2013. I recently moved back from Norway to Holton-le-Clay to begin working in Louth. I had limited transport in Norway but lived 30m away from a great wood with some small but amazing trails. I was discussing mountain biking with a group of friends and we all went out and bought hardtails, we often travel to Dalby and do the occasional trips to places people recommend. (Lee&Crag Quarry, Whinlatter Forest, Market Rasen's Hamilton Hill). We are desperate to find some local good trails.

the quick blast around Hamilton hill got a couple of us interested in downhill so hopefully going to be re-visiting.

Looking to get out more on my bike more and improve my fitness. Hopefully find more local stuff to prevent as much traveling as possible and for the Saturday morning solo rides. I am looking to meet more people in the MTB community as my friends are often working weekends leaving me to ride solo. We often have space on the roof racks for anybody local.


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Isaac k
quick introduction, my names Isaac people call me izz. I have been mountain biking for a few years now, I've ridden places here and there like glentress, winlatter, peak district, llandegla Wales and a few local rides.

I ride a canyon nerve Al 6.0 I love this bike it's help me improve so much. I hope to go further afield as I get older maybe even abroad.

Cheers
Yan
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Yan
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Hi Nik & LAMB members!

My name is Ian from Lincoln, I've been riding a few years and have been trying to 'unlock' the Wolds for a change of scenery, but I need local knowledge.

I went on the charity ride last year which was really awesome (I've got a video edit I took whilst doing it if anyone is interested?) and vowed to join up to get back to the Wolds for some more action.

I mainly ride Sherwood pines to keep fitness up, but I've been over to Wales to Llandegla, Peaks, Dalby, Cannock, but I'm looking to get out more this year.

If there's anyone looking to get out to Pines for some training rides and explore the forest off the beaten red route or further afield then just give me a shout. I'll be checking for the rides out with LAMB so hopefully hook up with you guys and gals soon.

Cheers,
Ian

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theoneandonly
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I'm 61.
since 2006 have been off road again with a GT hardtail. (mostly around local woods and red trails in Wales and the Black at Brechfa (beyond my skills).
 been trying to get back on bike after a physio told me to stop riding after a "little" acident been 4 years  (don't stop)
Ive had a year of real back problems and a letter from my Doctor and nice new pysio  suggesting to my wife that I buy a a full susser and start riding again. Nice and gentle to start with.So now have a nice new Calibre Bossnut.

I live in Northampton but for last 8 months have been in Alford every fortnight visiting the Mother in law, thus destroying any weekend routine of getting on the Bike.
 Any advice on  rides really local to alford would be appreciated. (half of saturday is taken up with wife taking M inLaw shopping,so no car. perfect for an easy ride)
being fit is a long distant memory. Possibly a figment of my imagination
John
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Johnny Wishbone
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Hi all. I've been aware of the forum for some time but only just got around to joining.

I'm Johnny (not real name), I'm 38 from the Gainsborough area and I've been mountain biking regularly since the mid 90's. The majority of my riding is done just over the border in North Notts where there's loads of bridleways, restricted byways and byways that can be looped together for good cross country rides and I try to get out a couple of times a week. If you're interested, look at the areas on a map to the east and north east of Retford.

Of late I've become frustrated by the lack of riding in Lincolnshire and want to do something about it. Inspired by Ride Sheffield, a mtb advocacy group set up to improve access for MTB'ers in and around the city, I'd like to do something similar for the county of Lincolnshire. I've done my homework and theres a few areas that could be developed, such as the Wolds which could be really good if a few suitable Public Footpaths were upgraded to Bridleway status.

Currently I'm involved with The Axholme Bridleways Association who are working towards increasing the number of multi user Rights of Way in the Isle of Axholme, North Lincs. Theres the potential for it to be a decent area for cross country mountain biking, it's easy to reach from the M180 Junction 2, it's a pretty, quiet, not completely flat, rural area of North Lincolnshire, and there's a vast network of Public Footpaths that are perfect for upgrading. We'd appreciate some support from fellow Lincolnshire mountain bikers by way of a Like on our Facbook page and/or you could join which only costs £5 for a years membership but included in that is a 10% discount voucher for Cycle Barn, an excellent bike shop local to the area that mainly specialises in mtb's and is an Orange, Kona and Hope dealer.
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