Saturday, 29 July 2017

Slippery When Wet

Slippery When wet
By Jim Jones
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 21:51
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Arriving in the carpark feeling slightly nervous about the state of the trails to come as Friston offers some of the best trails locally in the dry .Unfortunately it had been raining all week so this was going to be interesting.Four of us set of up the first hill of the day waiting to see what was on offer.Lee led us in to the first trail at a slightly more cautious speed than normal,and everything was running no to bad.Climbing the central fire road for the first time, i could see who had been training for the Big Dog as it started the first of the days unspoken races to the top. Riding in to the first trail from the top we quickly remembered just how slippery friston could be struggling to find grip on even the slightest of corners but as we went lower strangely the grip got better and we got faster. Nic joined us at at this point and off we went to the very top again and in to another trail that got faster the lower down the hill we went. With much tyre pressure adjustment we climbed again in to another trail were at the end we found James C riding out of the trees.

Lee lead us in to several other trails eventually saying one more climb and trail before the rain comes. True to his word as we emerged from the forest out on to the carpark fire road the rain started as if on tap.What a difference a couple of weeks makes to the trails in the UK.