Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Another VTT spin out

The plan was to get out on the roadies today, but the weather was marginal this morning, so we played safe and took the mountain bikes out again. This time, we combined a visit to the shops with what was supposed to be a reccy of a section of the Trans-Ariege mountain bike route from Pamiers. The section we did turned out to be far too short so we picked up signs for a waymarked VTT route from Saint Amadou which I knew would take us back to our start point. It was beautiful weather down there, warm but with fluffy white clouds in the sky.
The ride turned out to be a wonderfully interesting mixture of quiet side roads, solid hardpacked tracks and narrow paths with just the odd big puddle/muddy rut to keep us on our toes. On the return leg, Andy was obliged to replace a link in his chain - not a bad spot to have to make a repair!We covered 22.4kms with very little ascent and spent 1 hr 28 mins riding. It was a lovely ride out, only marred by a painful twinge in my left buttock/top of hamstring which I can only assume is due to yesterday's exertions hauling wood about!