With two bank holidays in four days, social rides were planned for Good Friday and Easter Monday around Thetford Forest. These usually take in off-piste sections are are really good to find hidden gems of singletrack
7 riders assembled at High Lodge on Friday morning, setting off some time after 10am towards the pump track soon picking up the Beater trail then off-piste. Unfortunately due to weather and forestry activities the trail was blocked by trees - this would become a common theme throughout the ride.
I won't go into details of where we went because a) I can't remember and b) join a social ride to find out where we go. After spending a bit of time on the High Lodge side we headed to the BCP side, which was where the first crash occured -front wheel washout on a muddy corner, nothing damaged just pride.
After more singletrack we headed back to High Lodge side to play in some of the pits, with a fantastic save in Tom's, a close call on the exit of the Skip and a minor off on the Beast, most of the group headed back to High Lodge for food and drinks.
Bank Holiday Monday came, with marshals in the car park and 15 of us, old and new faces, left at just after 10am. We headed out towards the middle of the Beater trail at quite a pace, and quite soon the first crash occurred just before Duck and Cover, with a second through Duck and cover.
When we reached the exit road from High Lodge we headed towards St Helen's side of the forest which was less crowded then High Lodge. After some fireroads we soon hit the various pieces of singletrack that litters this part of the forest.
A snapped pedal, motocross bike, quadbike and a big off greeted us here, and after the last crash it was decided to head back to High Lodge with all riders making it back safely.
Both rides were really enjoyable, even if the trail conditions on Friday were far from ideal, and it's good to find those obscure gems of singletrack.
Richard Hall (rshall)