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    Bit of a Nicolai Meet in the UK 7 / 8 June

    Hi All

    A date has been set down for 7 / 8th June in Dorking, Surrey, England

    I am flying from New Zealand for this weekend So no Nicolai pikers from England, no excuse not to come ride..

    5c0tty - Can you give us a little info on the trails, terrain, what to expect etc...

    Does anyone know what the B&B accommodation is like in this area..

    I will arrive into Stansted and will hook up with Boozz, we will make our way to Dorking (what a name) on Friday 6th June....

    At this point I think we have Boozz, 5c0tty & Karve...... Am sure we can get a few more, chinaman are you keen????

    Closest bike shop - Head for The Hills

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    Stoked, stoked, stoked! How's that for some pertinent information .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boozzz
    Stoked, stoked, stoked! How's that for some pertinent information .
    Stokage to the max
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    Hey gentlemen, back in the UK for knee surgery, may not be able to ride, but hope to hook up that weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lornibear
    Hey gentlemen, back in the UK for knee surgery, may not be able to ride, but hope to hook up that weekend.
    Cool! Would be good to see you. Not so good about the knee surgery though. Is that because of the argument you had with the tree some time back? Hope you can kick some ass through rehab and be fit enough in time to ride!

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    Dam, sorry to hear Lorni about your knee, healing vibes to you... Be cool to catch up, come and grab a bite to eat etc....

    Is there a chance you maybe able to ride?

    Is it micro surgery?
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    Sounds good, although I feel like Whafe with all the 'Air Miles' courtesy of the Royal Air Force. However, an MRI scan will decide my fate next week and yes I am going to cut the f*****g tree down! I am sure i will be able to come down, riding or not I will bring some Nicolai Bike Porn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lornibear
    Sounds good, although I feel like Whafe with all the 'Air Miles' courtesy of the Royal Air Force. However, an MRI scan will decide my fate next week and yes I am going to cut the f*****g tree down! I am sure i will be able to come down, riding or not I will bring some Nicolai Bike Porn!
    Thats the spirit....

    Yeah, I fly to the USA on Friday, have a meeting in Ca, fly to NZ on Sunday evening, arrive in NZ on Tuesday morning, be there 5 or 6 days then turn around and head back the the USA, then onto Spain, be there a few days, then onto the Nicolai ride in DORKING...

    Its all about the ride and the commitment to the lads...

    Any other peeps going to come out of the woodwork to join us I wonder on Nicolais....
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    summer lightning

    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    ... chinaman are you keen???? ...
    will be good to see all you peeps ... just so happen that when I met Karve over the weekend ... i was getting some shots ...

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    and a few more hard core nearby as well ...
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    ... and for all you FRs out there ...

    not close to chicksands, but enough to get some air space between your wheels and the ground.

    was trying to create an effect of the height ... a bit difficult to get a perspective on photographs

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    there is actually 2 ramps here (pix above) to get airborne on ...

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    but of course the next time we should have some of you guys airborne in them ...
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    Sweet Pics....

    So we have a crew then: Boozz, 5c0tty, Karve, chinaman and Lorni if he is all healed and fixed up.....

    Be good to get a little air.....

    Sing out to any of your mates on Nicolai's....
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    Looks nice and flowy Chinaman. And good for some ball breaking airtime

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    Sweet.. talking details i can definitely do one long day in the saddle.. just trying to wangle the car for the other one as I live on the other side of the M25! Deffo there for one big fat day at the minimum.

    Had a thought actually.... I might drop Dan a line at head for the hills and send him a link to this thread.. he must have 20+ nicolai riders on his books. Ill see if he fancy's mentioning the get together so we can swell the numbers a bit. check the Nics in his custom build page

    http://www.head-for-the-hills.co.uk/...ds_gallery.htm

    I know the uk http://www.nicolai-uk.com/ boys ride the N Downs too... ill drop them a note to reference the thread.

    Richard who runs this http://www.mountain-bike-guiding.co.uk/ rides a Nic as well. Bumped into him down Peaselake one time.. ill give him a poke!

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    Sounds good Karve, if you can do one day that would be great, I would for sure opt for the Saturday...

    I have the Head For The Hills link in the opening thread, be cool if they could hookup
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    Great news on the wall planner go those dates.
    Some good photo's there not sure about the pub photo ! Last time I looked the pub was to the right hand side by about 50 meters.
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    Lads, any info on a B&B etc, need to make a booking etc......

    Need a good place to get a big breakfast from........

    So are the trails more or less in the village, so can ride to somewhere for lunch and coffee?

    What else? Am a bit excited already.....
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    Whafe + Anybody who needs somewhere to stay.
    I will get you some B&B Info during the next day or so.
    If everybody is happy to do some miles on the bike its possible to plan so great tracks that will take in stop points for good food, tea's cake etc etc...
    All the trails in the photo's are in easy reach of Dorking Town so it can be a hub to start from in the morning and we only need to end up there in the evening to park the bikes up and sort stuff out to then allow us a night out in town for some beer and good food.
    Its going to be Great.
    I will find out if Head for the Hills can look after a bike or two to save them going back to B&B's or Hotel rooms. They are closed today so will ask about this in the morning.
    Its my B-day on the 10th so this is a great pre Birthday Treat...
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    Good one 5c0tty! I'm defo in for some good miles on the bike on Saturday. We can do a shorter morning ride on Sunday as well. Whafe and I will be arriving Friday late afternoon, so would be very cool if we could drop the bikes at HFTH.

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    Yeah ha, plans are a cookin........

    Thanks a bunch on the B&B info that is coming, also thank you in advance to Head for The Hills.......

    A day on the bike on Saturday with loads of up hill and down dale will be great, along with some air time to boot.............
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    I hope you are bringing the FR for this trip !

    1 Place for B&B and not far from the town..

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...y_England.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5c0tty
    I hope you are bringing the FR for this trip !

    1 Place for B&B and not far from the town..

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...y_England.html
    Does a ducks hard-on drag weed?

    Dam straight I am bringing the FR.......
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    Mmmm looking good and making me think I need to find my missing balls and start jumping like a man again as I have lost my mojo a little of late !
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    good form whafe ... will need some of you guys to edge me off some higher drops ...

    Quote Originally Posted by 5c0tty
    ... last time I looked the pub was to the right hand side by about 50 meters ...
    after 3 hours of lung bursting climbs and some air time with a couple of fast singletracks thrown in between ... a pub will draw them there no matter the distance

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    Hey Whafe, I'm up for the weekend, not sure If I can ride yet, will have to play it by ear. MRI scan next tuesday so fingers crossed. Let me know what B&B you are staying in, I could even travel down with you and Booze as I only live 30 minutes north of stansted. Let me know your plans and I will book in where you guys are going. If you need any other info, you know my email Whafe?

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    Hoping for the best Lorni Yet to decide on the B&B. I checked a couple out, and a lot of them are full already, so we do need to make a move very soon, like tomorrow. There doesn't seem to be too much B&B-wise in Dorking itself either, but surrounding villages do have some too.

    Good plan to travel together, but not sure if the three of us plus bikes are all going to fit in one car? (I'll be coming down in a Renault Laguna, or something like that, size-wise. Though I can check if I can get a van instead.)

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    There is a nice posh hotel in the center of the town called the White Horse
    Or a travel Inn or Lodge just outside the town.
    Need to ask some question in the morning.
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    no pressure, we do the drops we all feel comfy on.....

    Sweet to hear Lorni, be even sweeter if you can ride. So my fingers, feet etc crossed for Tuesday's MRI Scan......

    Sweet, the lads are getting some info on B&B's, so will then sort where to stay....
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    I will be driving down Whafe, so plenty of room in my motor. Have bike rack and only one bike, so no need for a van. Out of town is fine to be honest, it's only a short ride by taxi for drinking purposes, just need to find a place to stash the bikes. I will try to have a blast on the internet tomorrow and find somewhere to stay. If anybody knows of a place for us to crash, then let us know and we will book up!
    Whafe, if you find anything, would you be kind enough to let me know so we can hook up at the same location. Like many of you, I am flat out at work trying to wade through my work schedule and would hate to miss out.

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    Sorry Boozzz, that was meant for you. If you need extra room, we can hook up on the way down and I can carry some stuff in my motor. Let me know if you need some extra space.

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    Thought so I was going to rent a car, drive down from Cambs to Stansted to pick up Whafe and head on to Dorking. If we could all fit in your motor, that'd be fantastic of course, and more economical on the gas money

    On the sleeping front, the only fairly central place (half a mile from the centre) of reasonable cost I've managed to find so far is that Travel Lodge 5c0tty mentioned. But they only have 4-people family rooms. For that flash-back school camp feelin' . 5c0tty was going to check at Head for the Hills bikeshop if we could possibly stash our bikes there.

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    Sounds good! My only concern is that I will be coming down my wifes Peugeot 206, so not a huge motor, especially for three nutters and their bikes. We could always travel down in convoy and share the space available between the two cars? I will be honest, doing what I do for a living, a sleeping bag on the trail would do, but we should try and find somewhere. I am not bothered about sharing a four person family room, it all depends on yourself and of course the mighty Whafe. If we could stash the bikes at the said location, it would be a bonus, especially if we mention purchasing more Nics in the future! Let us know your thoughts mate, will have a look on the web today and get back to you this evening.

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    Hey Boozzz, check out this link, what do you think? Not too far but I doubt any room for bikes...

    https://www.travelodge.co.uk/make_a_...ilability.y=12

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    Hi ya Lorni 6 Boozz............ Sounds good, i dont mind sharing as long as you dont snore, if so, fock that, no way..... And if we share I can get the accommodation costs, just the way it works when I am on assignment.... LOL

    But am not thinking we can get 3 Nicolai Helius FR-s in a 206 Pug..........

    So maybe Boozz and i meet you there Lorni, but all stay in the same place, or as you say we go in convoy so as we can take advantage of you knowing the directions....
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    Hey, I don't snore, at least I never hear myself doing it . That hotel in Leatherhead is already full for our weekend! Dorking family rooms still there aplenty, 60 quid for the room, breakfast extra. It has a double bed, a sofa, and one pullout... (check it)

    Yeah, the Peugeot sounds a bit tight. If it's anything like the Fiat Stilo we had, the rear end will sag so much with 3 heavy bikes on the rack on the back, that it'll almost hit the street (we installed extra stiff rear springs to counter this!). No chance of pinching an army Land Rover? It would come in handy if you knew directions though Lorni and we follow you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lornibear
    Hey Boozzz, check out this link, what do you think? Not too far but I doubt any room for bikes...

    https://www.travelodge.co.uk/make_a_...ilability.y=12
    What about this one in Dorking, is that close to where we want to be etc.....
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    Yep, that's the one in my link, only 0.5 miles from the town centre. We have to be sure we can stash the bikes at HFTH though, as I don't see much chance of stashing them in a hotel like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boozzz
    Yep, that's the one in my link, only 0.5 miles from the town centre. We have to be sure we can stash the bikes at HFTH though, as I don't see much chance of stashing them in a hotel like that.
    Am trying to call these clown pants at the hotel, but its saying the number on the website is kak..... To ask if there is room to store the steeds....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    Am trying to call these clown pants at the hotel, but its saying the number on the website is kak..... To ask if there is room to store the steeds....
    I hear ya. Trying as well, but every time I "press 2 to be transferred to reception", the line is busy. What a bunch of dorks (hehehe).

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    Well I say Lorni gets a hold of a UniMog for this trip.......
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    my place is in Redhill which is next to Reigate which is next to Dorking (Whafe's 2nd map) ie 30 mins from our trails, so if there is no space at HFTH, you can leave all the bikes in my garage ... will be a bit tight but enough room ...

    i promise i will not swap any parts around ...

    i will not be able to join you guys up north on sunday ... family commitments ... will have to do a bit of juggling to get the whole of saturday off ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinaman
    my place is in Redhill which is next to Reigate which is next to Dorking (Whafe's 2nd map) ie 30 mins from our trails, so if there is no space at HFTH, you can leave all the bikes in my garage ... will be a bit tight but enough room ...

    i promise i will not swap any parts around ...

    i will not be able to join you guys up north on sunday ... family commitments ... will have to do a bit of juggling to get the whole of saturday off ...
    Sounds good, if these arse ears at the hotel would answer there phone, could may well ask the storage situation.....

    Saturday is the best day anyways it seems for a full day ride.....

    No part swapping.....
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    Thanks Chinaman. But know we will come knocking the door in on Sunday morning for an extra early ride .

    Still trying that hotel and damn, now I'm not getting the busy tone, but actually getting put through to a modem or something (you know, the classic dial-up internet dial-in sounds).

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    Storage for up to 10 bikes at the shop will be OK and if more space is needed im sure we would be able to sort something out.

    Hotel in Dorking with room's for the night of the 6th and 7th.
    http://www.kestrelpubgroup.com/lincoln_arms.html



    Its not the best place in the World but it's a very sort work from the train station and only a short walk into the town.

    Single rooms are 49 per night and there are 4 free rooms as of 13.30 UK Time on the 15-05-08

    Or Twin rooms at 59 per night and lots of these are free same as above.

    The phone number is on the link or if needed I can look at booking the rooms but might be best for each of you to make your own plans.
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    http://www.bedandbreakfastsguide.com...kfasts_512.asp

    if you do not need bike storage there will be more options ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5c0tty
    Storage for up to 10 bikes at the shop will be OK and if more space is needed im sure we would be able to sort something out.

    Hotel in Dorking with room's for the night of the 6th and 7th.
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    Its not the best place in the World but it's a very sort work from the train station and only a short walk into the town.

    Single rooms are 49 per night and there are 4 free rooms as of 13.30 UK Time on the 15-05-08

    Or Twin rooms at 59 per night and lots of these are free same as above.

    The phone number is on the link or if needed I can look at booking the rooms but might be best for each of you to make your own plans.
    5c0tty / this looks good, is everyone keen for this accommodation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    5c0tty / this looks good, is everyone keen for this accommodation?
    Looks good to me. Can't be worse than Travelodge

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    Am a Libra Rat, someone make decision and I will book it......... LOL
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    So am I, so I guess Lorni will have to tell us . I'm fine with sharing a twin/triple and am immume to the snoring of others (up to a certain level, then a good shove usually takes care of things...moohahaha ).
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    Gentlemen, I would like to add that I don't snore and am up for that accomodation. Anywhere is good for me. Tried to get a land rover but the boss said F off! Charming! however it all looks good. I am now on leave so if you need me to sort anything from the UK, am more than willing to sort out the admin.

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