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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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    Quote Originally Posted by lornibear
    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.
    Oh well, was worth a try, you can only ask.....

    Well I am up for any accommodation really, long as there is a shower, I can sleep on anything.

    Lorni, you make the executive decision, and give me details and I book it and all good to go.

    Whoa, am excited to see a platoon of FR's........... Will be thus far, 2 white frames and an urban camo..... Along with Lorni's Black frame....... Anymore takers, step right up...

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    Yeah, up for anything, as long as we don't have a Bear Grylls breakfast. I say lets book that Lincoln Arms hotel. Maybe they even have some of those triple rooms for 49 quid left.

    Yeah, FR galore . Don't forget Karve's eye blinding shiny frame. Gonna test the FR in the Peak District this weekend, should be a good preparation for June.

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    Well, I don't mind, lets book the Lincoln Arms hotel then and I will plan the route to the trails. I will ring them this morning and confirm how many rooms there are. The only benefit with the travel lodge is the location near all motorways, I will ring them also and check availability and let you all know soonest.

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    Dorking does work out very well for what ever means of transport you might be using, Planes, Trans, Cars..
    The Lincoln Arms is just next to the main railway station in Dorking so a very large car park for those in cars.
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    Are you guys planning to move the bikes closer to Leith/Holmbury hill or ride from Dorking?

    I have 1 more space for a bike on my car.

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    That's a good question ? I was thinking that the ride would be good and I can from Dorking to all the trails without any major road work and on some good trails.
    If the need for moving bikes does come about it would look like I would be able to use Merc Van from work that will make life extra easy and safe..
    Mmmm all those bike in my van ! You might not ever see me again ;-)
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    If Whafe, Boozzz & Lorni are staying in Dorking, then they will be able to load their bikes up on their rental.

    My car has space for 1 more bike. Cos if we can transport our bikes to just outside of Leith/Holmbury Hill that will be better to conserve the energy for the blast on the trails/jumps. I usually park at Hurt Wood car park 9. Will get a map on this thread this evening.

    5cotty, you have a van. Are you local?

    Karve? You are in Cambridgeshire aren't you? Will you be staying over in Dorking as well? or will you come down in the morning and then trek back up again to meet the guys for Chicksands on Sunday?

    If not everyone is staying over in Dorking, then if you need a ride, I could do a pickup from around Dorking or Redhill (which is on the main Southern rail 30mins from London Victoria/London Bridge).

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    Chinaman

    I live in the very centre of Dorking,
    Yes looks like the work Merc Van will not be in use that weekend so I would be able to use it. Fingers crossed that the boss is not out on his bike that weekend.
    Have I missed something regarding Chicksands ?
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    Well is all tickety boo then. I think Lorni has the accommodation under control. I just have to fly around the world once before we catch up, just so I dont get withdrawl symptoms from not flying....

    Will ride in California this weekend, the following weekend in New Zealand and the following weekend in Dorking.....LOL
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    You crazy jet setter !

    For little old England we don't do to bad for some nice trails even if the down hills only last for 3 mins or so.
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    Whafe, Boozzz, scores on the doors. The accomodation is booked, a three man room at the following hotel for the evening of 07 June 08:

    The Lincoln Arms Hotel
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    As 5c0tty has mentioned (I think) there is ample car parking space and it's only a short blast from the centre of Dorking. I now need to plan the route from Stansted to the hotel, then the hotel to the trails. All we need now is an RV point on route from Stansted to meet up, timings etc. All is good!

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    I forgot to mention, continental breakfast is included on the Sunday morning, if you would like a full English Breakfast, (Bear Grylls not in sight) it will cost a small amount extra.

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    It will cost 3 pounds extra for full English
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    mmmmmm full English lol

    Hey im at chickie this Sunday AM if anyone fancies it! Only there till about 12ish tho

    there with my epping mates http://www.eppinghardcru.co.uk/Forum...ic/t=2062.html

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    trail map

    local information ...

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    map removed ... ... pls refer to another posted on 01/06/2008
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    Many thanks Chinaman, that is just what I needed. It's all coming together now, just some new wheels and brakes and a good MRI scan are now needed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5c0tty
    ... Have I missed something regarding Chicksands?
    i thought these guys were planning to go up north on sunday ...

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    Not a bad idea! different terrain and near the airport.

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    Sorry for crashing the thread but are you guys keeping this exclusively Nicolai??

    I had recently been emailing Whafe re: the Motolite Exogrid he had been riding prior to me buying one. Well - I now own one, have built it up, and live just down the road in Guildford. I regularly ride the Leith Hill / Peaslake area so know most of the trails, and would be good to ride with Whafe after getting his input on the Motolite. I would also be keen to try a Nicolai if anyone fancies a brief swap as it is definately on my "must own at some stage" list!

    Let me know either way!

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    Hey Adam, I certainly have no problems with you meeting up with us, as I am sure the others don't either. I know Whafe loves his Titus and they look pretty nice machines. How tall are you and what size Motolite are you riding?

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    Cheers lornibear. I'm 5'10" and ride a medium Motolite. Funnily enough I usually ride out of the same carpark as chinaman has marked above on Sunday mornings so know the area well!

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    heihei nice one more the merrier.. I have a bunch of kiwi mates who ride Maveriks that I will have to fight off with a stick not to gatecrash the ride so im sure there will be some non nics there too!

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    Just back from a weekend in the Peak District near Buxton, absolutely amazing. Might post some pics soon, if any of them turn out to be ok (have yet to look at them). Lorni, good work, but did you book the hotel for 6 June as well, as Whafe and I will be arriving on Friday afternoon?

    Let me know, cheers,
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    Daan, You know what? I didn't but I will get on it first thing tomorrow. I won't be coming down until the saturday morning now as I have to pick the wife up from Stansted on the Friday evening. I will amend the booking and see you down there on the Saturday morning. I will also email you the booking details so you will be sorted Friday night.

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    Mucho thanks Alex!

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    Sweet as Lorni, thanks for the heads up on the booking, all sorted then. Something different, am at the airport in LA, about to fly to NZ....

    Sweet easy ride in LA at Sycamore Canyon, pretty boring really. Saw a Rattle Snake though, not my cup of tea.....

    Hei Hei, all good, be good to catch up. Karve, no harm in bringing some kiwis...

    It all good.....
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    If it's not exclusively Nici then I'm interested in joining the Saturday ride. I'll see if I can round up some of the local Nicolai posse too.


    Quote Originally Posted by lornibear
    Hey Adam, I certainly have no problems with you meeting up with us, as I am sure the others don't either. I know Whafe loves his Titus and they look pretty nice machines. How tall are you and what size Motolite are you riding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin_uk
    If it's not exclusively Nici then I'm interested in joining the Saturday ride. I'll see if I can round up some of the local Nicolai posse too.
    Martin, for sure come and join us please, be cool to catch up.....
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    Have we got any more peeps joining us for this ride......

    Am in the airport in Auckland, NZ, about to head to LA, then onto Spain..... Looking forward to catching up with you all, and am sure we will get some late comers.....
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    Yup, the more the merrier!

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    Agree on that, looking forward to it
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    So we have a date and place but what time are we gathering?

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    Well indeed we have a date and a place. But very good question on the meeting time...

    karve, chinaman - What time on the Saturday morning are we going to meet?

    Would it be best to meet at Head For the Hills LBS?
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    Yeah, 9.30 at HFTH or something? Or are we better off meeting somewhere else?

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    Sounds good to me..............
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    A couple of the chaps are more local than me so might have better ideas.. the usual route we run is an out and back which covers most of the trails... Start point Wescott, Mid Point Peaslake, (id love to extend this out to cover more of Hurt Hill) end Point Westcott -

    Advantage of this is you get the quarry section earlyish so your fresh - samosas at the village shop mid way after doing BKB and finnish up with the long descent via Summer Lightening to Westcott.

    Disadvantage its less of a loop and you cover some bits in both directions.. ill whip out memory map and get an example route up. the locals can tell me what they think of it.

    Meeting at HFTH would be a nice idea but it means a road ride to the trail and parking in Dorking is a bit of a mare usually!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karve
    A couple of the chaps are more local than me so might have better ideas.. the usual route we run is an out and back which covers most of the trails... Start point Wescott, Mid Point Peaslake, (id love to extend this out to cover more of Hurt Hill) end Point Westcott -

    Advantage of this is you get the quarry section earlyish so your fresh - samosas at the village shop mid way after doing BKB and finnish up with the long descent via Summer Lightening to Westcott.

    Disadvantage its less of a loop and you cover some bits in both directions.. ill whip out memory map and get an example route up. the locals can tell me what they think of it.

    Meeting at HFTH would be a nice idea but it means a road ride to the trail and parking in Dorking is a bit of a mare usually!

    All good points, let us see what the local peeps think also....

    How far is the road ride from HFTH to the trail karve?
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    Are you planning to ride both Saturday and Sunday, and if so, are you riding the Surrey Hills both days?
    There are plenty of trails to cover both days, esp if you take in Ranmore Common, and means less of a rush to cram all the good stuff into one ride. Also worth bearing in mind that some of the trails will suffer if we get much more rain, although the area dries pretty well.
    There is some parking in Westcott by the church which should be ok on a Saturday, otherwise there are plenty of car parks in amongst the trails which avoid any road work, eg. Holmbury St Mary.

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    I think the plan is to ride both days, with the bigger riding day being the Saturday...

    Just me, I have to catch a plan back to Spain on Sunday around 5.30 in the PM...
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    Ah ive noticed that you can off road it out of Dorking.. never done it but there is a route on the map.

    What map I hear you ask.. this one which has one of the routes I ride in it

    http://jonowoods.f2s.com/biking/ndownsmap.jpg

    Watch out its a massive jpg.. best to download it and view it offline - right click save as

    HFTH marked ont he map.

    Im expecting 5c0tty to have the best trail info but thats a few ideas from me.

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    Looks like it could be a dryish week and dry weekend... bring it on

    http://www.accuweather.com/world-for...rking&metric=1

    N Downs are sand so don't take too long to sort them selves out!

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    I'm off out today to work a possible route out for the Saturday ride.
    I'm not sure how fair everybody would be happy doing ? I could spend all day almost fully off road from the town center of Dorking.
    Lunch stop in Peaslake then onwards and upwards for the last 2 hills.
    Maybe then use Sunday to go back to the best trails from Saturday or just out to do more trails that have still been missed out ?
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    We can always meet up at HFTH and since we have transport, we can move the bikes to a carpark somewhere closer ... either the carpark at Westcott as Karve suggest or to the carpark that i have arrowed on the map i posted earlier on this thread.

    I will print out a few more of those maps (OS) just so a few of us have it on the day as we can decide when we meet ...

    now on to the more important thing of who has a cooler box to bring all our beers ... that is why the cars need to be at a carpark close to the trails ... 2 hours of riding ... back to the car park to top up our camelbags with ... some booze on to the trails again ... NAH kidding ... i do not drink in the day anyway ...

    Whafe and Boozzz has the car. I have a car as well that I can carry 1 more bike. How is everyone else getting to Dorking? 5cotty has a van i presume. Karve how are you getting there ... presume with the Maverick boys?

    Maybe meeting at the carpark of Whafe, Boozzz & Lorni's hotel will be better ...

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    It is quite a trek to the trails from Dorking ...
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    From Dorking to Westcott is only about 2 miles, so definitely bike-able if we want to start from there. Or just at HFTH, I don't mind a ride out from Dorking town centre as 5c0tty suggests at all either. I do prefer we meet somewhere where Whafe and I don't have to take the car as we have to take the bikes apart to fit them in.

    And not to worry: I always keep some booze in my pack, makes you more manly on the drops

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    If riding from Dorking, my suggestion would be to head out N on the minor road onto Ranmore and do the stuff up there. The area around White Downs has some awesome stuff, perhaps the best mix of fast and steep trails in the area, and of a different texture to the other stuff being flinty and loose. This can then be made into a loop by heading S toward Holmbury St Mary and the main hills.

    Foodwise, I had lunch at the pub in Holmbury St Mary a few weeks ago and is very good. Big beer garden, good ales, and great food - everything a biker could ask for! Otherwise, the shop in Peaslake does great sandwiches and cake. There's also a pub there too, but I've never eaten there.

    I'm currently trying to negotiate babysitting duties on Saturday to be able to make the whole day. If I'm successful, am very happy to help put together a full-day loop as I know most of the trails in the area, including the cheeky stuff.

    5c0tty - we may have a mutual riding buddy in James (carbon Spesh hardtail) - at least I'm assuming he's a riding buddy of yours as he was in one of your photos from the Wales trip!!

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    Sounds great, am really thankful for all the help in putting a full day ride together...

    Just me, but I would prefer a pub lunch with a garden rather than sandwhiches, social day....

    Am down for some awesome stuff, am just excited full stop....

    Have posted loads of Pics from Andorra WC DH today in the DH forum.... 50+ pics...LOL
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    Whafe - looks like ur coming to the home of DH.. with all the Athertons winning. I hope you managed to sneak into one of Cedric Garcia's parties!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinaman
    Karve how are you getting there ... presume with the Maverick boys?
    No Kiwi Maverick crew this weekend.. ones In NY, ones 5 month pregnant and the others off with work. probably just me... Ill be coming down in the car so am flexible on starting location as long as there is a place to put the car.

    All good..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karve
    Whafe - looks like ur coming to the home of DH.. with all the Athertons winning. I hope you managed to sneak into one of Cedric Garcia's parties!
    Yep, very good to see, great to see Greg M get up there too...

    It was odd, Cedric G didnt start in the normal line up for the Semi's. They punished him for not being on time for his run, but he went at the end of the Semi's....
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    a map to give you guys a heads up ... just an extension to the one i posted earlier incl Dorking ... i presume we'll be riding in the trails around the pub

    20080601 map dorking to the 2 hills MTBR FORUM.jpg

    will print out a few more high resolution copies if anyone is interested ... it has all the footpaths and bridleways but it does not show the trails that we'll be 'ON' of course ...

    i make it about 10km from the hotel to Leith Hill, then from there I think we should be able to put down about 20+km to 'visit' our trails incl the lunch, then another 10km back to the hotel/HTFH.
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