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Bedgebury
#11
Bedgebury is shite. I went there a few years back and to be fair enjoyed it then. Been back once a year every year since and it's got gradually worse and worse to the point where I went 3 months ago and swore I'd never go again. It's a joke which is a shame as the other joke PORC is my only other local option  :'(
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#12
it was good during the cold snap around xmas when everything was frozen.I invested in the 'friends of bedgebury' car pass, £40 for a years parking, I figure I will get over there more than 5 times in a year so its worth it.
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#13
£40 a year isnt to bad especially if you have family and go there to walk etc. I went there during the cold snap as well but it was still awful this time due to all the mad ruts freezing making it quite tricky to ride but at least it was dry Smile
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#14
[quote="]it was good during the cold snap around xmas when everything was frozen.I invested in the 'friends of bedgebury' car pass, £40 for a years parking, I figure I will get over there more than 5 times in a year so its worth it.[/quote"]

Exactly where does the £40 go? - I bet it's not into trail building/maintenance? - Anyone could dump a ton of gravel down anywhere..

I do beleive the £40 lets you have 2 cars on the ticket, so worth looking at for alternate drivers.
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#15
"Breezer" Wrote:£40 a year isnt to bad especially if you have family and go there to walk etc. I went there during the cold snap as well but it was still awful this time due to all the mad ruts freezing making it quite tricky to ride but at least it was dry Smile

I quite liked the mad ruts!

no idea where the £40 goes, probably on parking ticket machine maintenance so they can make sure they get the £7.50 from everyone else.

I actually rode there yesterday, it wasn't as bad as I had expected but is still best described asa mud bath.
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#16
lol, post by Becs on the Bikeradar forum

"I'm booked in for the course, but I keep hearing bad things about bedgebury in that it's a complete mudbath.

It's no fun wading through deep mud, how are you supposed to learn anything?"

Not that I wish to defend Bedgebury but im sure the course will still be good. The area where they teach the basic skills is seperate and there are lots of bits where the course will be fine. The fire roads really suffer but then you wouldnt be there to learn on them anyway although saying that, they would normally be boring but with all the mud can be entertaining as the bike spears off randomly so they will actually give you some practise at bike handling
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#17
What better way to learn than in the WORST case scenario?

The final ride of the full course will be a challenge to technial noobs - have fun, get muddy!

Whats the point learning in dry, dusty conditions when 80% of the time you will be on wet mud? (well at Bedge anyway!)

Lets see what the response will be to Becs comment! - Perhaps we're a bad influence on her!  Tongue

Its like learning to drive, new drivers dont know what to do in Snow or extreme conditions - Becs will be learning to handle a bike in the muddiest location in Kent, if she can dial it in there, then she'll have a good base to build upon her skills.

Im going to be taking the other half out for a couple of "lessons", and I want to make sure its the muddiest day possible as from then on when things dry, it will be a lot easier and confidence will be high.
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#18
all is quiet on Bike Radar.

Who's spying on me again?!!!

Thick mud, what should I wear on my feet.  My cycle shoes are shimano MT541's.  Should I wear some overshoes to keep the worst of the mud off particularly if I need to put my foot down in the quadmire which is highly likely.

I've run through thick mud on the black trail in blean so used to getting mucky.
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#19
Strange coincedence but I seem to have planned a ride at Bedgebury with my friend on the first ladies training day there. I hope none of them fall off in the mud as im not sure how I would react to a woman mountain biker in such a state
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#20
lol I wasnt spying, just browsing most sections on BR

You can get over shoes but they tend to cover a lot of the tread on your shoes and may make matters worse. I expect the morning will be spent learning and afternoon out on the trails so at most you will only have wet feet for a couple of hours, just take dry socks for the journey home.

As im sure they will tell you, the key to mud is momentum, if you see a large bit then speed up to try and get through it, look for existing tyre marks where it may have been compressed down. Quite often puddles can be easier to ride through and are solid underneath instead of riding through a muddy quagmire however knowing Bedgebury I wouldnt risk riding blind into a puddle as you never know how deep it may be Big Grin
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