Seven turned out for the Plan B sports/recreation ride in the Landsdowne Forest on Sunday 27th April. The ride started on a tar sealed flat road (usually straight into an off-road climb) and headed up a valley at a modest pace.
The second gate looked fearsome with lots of barb wire. Team leader set the example by lifting his bike over the gate and setting about climbing an equally difficult fence when somebody just undid the chain gate latch and opened the gate. Too easy.
The gradient got gradually steeper with a long but quite rideable climb on a wide and well surfaced forestry road to the ridge line. Then it was more up with only one short “pushing the bike” section to gain maximum altitude at around 750m asl. Too easy.
The climb was undone with a steep, but surprisingly dry downhill and finished off with a 3 k doddle back to the cars. Too easy – well at least that’s what newcomer Tristan decided so he rode the 30 odd k back to Blenheim. Thanks to Nelson Forests for access.
Plan A for the day was the Wakamarina Track but postponed due to uncertainty over the condition of the track. That ride will be re-scheduled - sometime.
The next scheduled sports/rec Ride is Sunday 25 May. Venue TBA.