Fantastic day at Hopton today with Dad, I still have my cold that keeps going and then coming back but the sun was out so that wasn’t going to stop me, on the way there the temp was 0 degrees C but you couldn’t see any frost, by the time we got there it had risen to 2 degrees C the ground was rock hard so the tracks should ride nice and fast if a little slippy, all the trails in the shade were frozen but dry with very little ice anywhere.
After using my new 7 IDP helmet from Chainreaction Cycles for over a month or more it is really good value for money, not to hot, mind the weather hasn’t been that hot either and a very good fit well pleased for the money.
As we rode round it seemed quite hard work with my cold but good fun on the downs, the temp had warmed up to 4 degrees by now and in place the ground had started to melt and get quite slippery, the picture above shows the bikes really clean we were over three quarters round and then we came onto open and thawed ground, what a difference really sticky mud on top of a frozen layer, then things got dirty.
Bit of a surprise last night James gave us a call and asked if we fancied going to Hopton for an evening spin, it was really surprising how many people were there, we got sorted and headed out down the red XC red, then James suggested we had a play on the bottom of the DH black route so we tried a few of the jumps and mucked around for a while, then we decided to go up to the top of the DH tracks and have a ride down one of the tracks, I think dad had wondered what he had let himself in for, but he seemed to enjoy it without too much problem.
Dads photographic/camera phone skills weren’t at their best either but we got a couple of pics on some of the jumps, when we got back down the bottom of the hill we decided to have a spin around the rest of the XC route with a little detour and back to the van just before dark.
Went for a ride up at Hopton Castle today, the sun was out and it was HOT, hot and sweaty, quite a few riders up there but once out on the trails you hardly saw a soul, the trails were bone dry and very dusty.
I’ve seen the castle a few times as we drove by and from the trails on the lower side of the woods so we thought we would have a look to see what it’s like.