Whitney sisters Grace and Alice joined the regular monthly crowd at the Lookout on the 22nd March [click here to read John and Finn’s report] and goodness did they have a fun ride! Both young ladies rode with the fast group all morning, kept up, and after 11 miles and climbing 250 metres earned their very well deserved treats afterwards!
Grace tells us about her FUN morning…
“At the Lookout I had a lot of fun – my favourite bit was when we went up the big wavy bumps. First it looked quite scary, but I closed my eyes and it was awesome! 🙂 I didn’t close my eyes really! … and let me tell you about the BIGGEST pile of wood chippings I’ve ever seen! We didn’t think we could climb up it because it was so high, but we managed to climb up the side with my bike – BUT I MADE MY DAD CARRY IT! Then we decided to roll down. It was very fun so we decided to do it again and again and again… But then we found out that it was not a very good idea because we got lots of wood chippings in our shoes!
If you have not been to the Lookout before, then try to do it because it is soooooooooooooooooooooooo FUN!”
Alice reports on her Lookout adventure…
“Last weekend I went to the Lookout. I had a great experience! I also had a great ride. I started out by being very careful as I’d wrecked my front suspension on my mountain bike by not being careful on previous rides, and it had just been mended!
We all met and decided which direction to go – me and my new front suspension decided to go with the fast group (naturally :-)). We started off by heading towards Crowthorne Woods where there were some great jumps and fast rides. We were led by Theo, who is a fab mountain bike rider and coach. We managed to get ourselves lost, but Theo insisted that we weren’t lost because he knew where we were, he just didn’t know which direction to head in. Oh how we laughed! Paul Wood came with us on his new bike. It was far too shiny and clean and was just asking to get covered in mud….. More about that later!
The thing I enjoyed the most was one of the red runs which was called ‘ the seagull.’ I also enjoyed the corkscrew, because of the sharp bends. My least favourite was the hills. I think Theo has a problem with numbers, because he kept on telling us ‘just one more hill’, ‘ just one more hill’, when there was definitely more than just one more hill on the way back! 🙂
It was a really nice sunny day, and we rode for about 3 hours in the beautiful woods and glorious sunshine. We all had a great time and lots of laughs. Can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday morning… Oh, and as for Paul’s new bike, well it stayed pretty clean, and other than a secret falling off (thanks to John Gunn for grassing Paul up on that one 🙂 ) it remained free of scratches.
One final thought about this AMAZING day…. Don’t fall off in front of John Gunn!”
Amazing reports Alice and Grace – thank you!
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If you would like to join the mountain bikers, whatever your level of experience, do check out the Calendar for future dates and location details, or talk to a volunteer at the clubhouse.