On Sunday 17th April the E-Bikeshop owners Club ventured up to Cannock Chase for a great new ride location. What a fantastic day of riding it turned out to be! Best one yet?.. Many of us ventured up to Birmingham the night before and stayed at the Hilton hotel. We met for dinner on the Saturday night, followed by drinks and a good night's sleep (apart from the fire alarm going off at 5am in the morning!). Breakfast served @ 8am and then ready to ride.
As a few of the fellow owners club members tend to travel down south we thought it only fair we schedule in a ride further north to even the odds. We are glad we did! We saw a few new faces which was great as always and some new technical terrain to ride.
We met in the car park for 10:30am. After some new bike handovers and a natter fellow member Bernie briefed us for the day's ride. We nominated him team leader (because Ken wasn't there) because this is Bernie's home ground, so he knew his way around!
We also invited Alex from eMTB coaching along to ride as this is also a local one to him, so nice to be led around this time. Top work chaps! A couple of us were on brand new bikes too so eager keen to get them setup, bed them in and start enjoying the trails.
Out the car park and we were straight onto the Red trail which is essentially a big figure of 8 with a road crossing at the centre. The trail led straight out onto some boardwalk wooden structures which were fun and fast rolling, then onto some twistier singletrack.
Lots of small rock gardens, small drops and tight twists made for a fun and flowy ride. Following on we entered 'Devils Staircase' which was fast looping turns down the side of the hill with small drops which made for exciting more eventful riding.
After a short break, we crossed the road onto some climbing. In fact I think it was called 'Lung Buster' which was a long gradual climb to the top with tight trees to manoeuvre your bars through. Fortunately we are all on eBikes so the climb was fun over strenuous and we were up to the top in no time to enjoy the views.
The next trail was great - The Monkey Trail. In fact we all decided to climb back up and do it again, lots of long sweeping berms and bumps you could get some decent air off if carrying enough speed. Here's a quick video of the strenuous climb:
We then rode a few more singletrack sections before getting back to the road crossing and stopping for a cake and coffee.
At this point (what usually happens) a few chaps were inquisitive about the eBikes so we let them have a quick go followed by smiles and a 'where can I get one of these?'. Then we crossed back over the bridge to complete the remaining sections that Cannock had to offer.
Some more technical trails with small slab rock drops, tight trees and small wooden boardwalk crossings made for miles of fun all the way back to the visitor center.
In total we travelled approx 16 miles including the few trails we went back and did again, it's fair to say we had absolutely amazing weather with blue skies and the sun shining all day! Everyone absolutely loved it and we'll definitely be going back again soon.
We had a couple of mishaps including one mechanical (quickly resolved) and a couple of falls, but everyone got straight back up and made it home safely. I think it's fair to say it had been one of the best rides yet! A great bunch of people although we were missing a couple of regulars (due to injury). All in all we had a great time with great company. Really looking forward to visiting Cannock Chase again.
The next ride will be at Peaslake at the end of May. Already live on the club events section, you can sign up now. We will of course publish all the photos of this ride on the club page in the next few days, don’t forget to tag yourself in them.