The weather felt just right for some cycling. So I called my brother up to see if he wanted to go up the chase.
On this occasion I thought it might be nice to try the laid out courses that are on offer and so headed to the Birches Visitors Centre.
We got our bikes off the back of the car, paid the £3 all day fee and headed to the facilities area.
We checked out the routes, amazed to find that the blue route was pretty much something we do anyway. So it was follow the dog and the monkey Trails for us.
Are you ready and we were off.
I’m not sure what it was I was expecting but this wasn’t quiet it.
A few Km’s in and it was up hill, and a struggle for us both.
Eventually though my brother caught me up.
He siad something about him wanting a rest now??
Back into the forest we ventured and things got a bit tougher And then we changed to the Monkey Trail and got tougher still.
One huge climb up some cliffs left me exhausted again and I believed that my brother would never make it. He did though eventually.
By this time I’d had another big rest but my legs were feeling the punishment after this climb.
The view from here though was good.
And here we have my Mobius camera attached to my handle bars. I wonder what the film will be like?
We fly down the exciting cliffe edge path, myself nearly coming a cropper, luckily though and I know it sounds strange but hitting a tree saved me froma very long fall.
My brother was someway behind again. But this meant I had time to get some pics.
Will he make it down.
Like I said, will he make it down? It s all been down hill.
Time is ticking. Perhaps anothe rgear would help.
What did he mean he needed another rest.
Cycling was a breeze later, as we went at a more leisurely pace we both cold cope with.
Perhaps I lied.
I do hope so.
in fact there was still plenty of cycling to go.
We pass Snow White, and we pass the 7 Dawfs until we get to..
the last section.
And for a moment I thought my brother would never make it.
But he did.
We can see the visitors center at last.
A nice simple return on the tarmac.
Well I’m knackered that's for sure.
And the hard bit getting the bikes onto the car.
So here is the course we took, not all of the course was open so we did what we could.
And this means I can have half a pint I guess.
I’m sure it was steeper than that.