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    Idea! Chicksands UK the Big Meet ? Date to be worked out.

    1st of who thinks Whafe should pack up the FR and fly over to meet us UK Nicolai owners,

    Does Chicksands sound like the best place for a good day to play ? Or are there better places ?

    I have not been there yet but will do over the next month or so and will report back on my findings.

    Lets keep the options open and bear with the people who are mid build.

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    5c0tty, no worries I am up for it if not overseas. I can post up some photos of all at Chicksands as I only live 20 minutes away and post them for you all to see. The amount of air miles whafe has got under his belt, he should make UK no worries, what do you say Whafe?

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    Will score a car and then I'm definitely up for it. There's some videos on the Chicksands website, looks pretty good: http://www.chicksandsbikepark.co.uk/

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    Mmmmmm. I would for sure be up for it. To be honest, have a shiat load of airpoints.. LOL

    May would be very good or late April, when the weather picks up in Spring.... Be keen to shoot across from Spain and come over for the weekend..... A clan of Nicolai's, with these builds we are seeing, will be a spectacle of bikes and a total blast....

    Lets keep the planning going....
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    It all sounds good. Unfortunatly I will be overseas early April to late June but will be able to follow you all on this site and by email. A get together sounds brilliant.

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    If Whafe is coming over for a weekend, maybe we should opt for something a bit more special and "epic", Coed-y-brenin or something? Us UK locals can still meet in Chicksands of course, will probably become my main riding place when I get my car

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    mmm epic lol.. im there as soon as I have the bugger built up

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    Its all going to seem a little lame to Whafe !
    We have all seen the trails that he has been lucky enough to ride over the last month or so.

    But with us all being on Nicolais it would be extra special where ever we end up

    Maybe meeting at Skyline Cycles shop would be good as its a Nicolai dealer and the drop off cafe is also great for all our eating needs. Links below for more info.

    Lots of time to plan this Global meeting of FR's and other Nicolais.

    If we sort out some designs for a tee shirt I would get them printed as a little keeper from the day. Would just need to arrange for the cost of the tee shirts to be covered. I have some ideas for cutting the cost for this and will investigate more.

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    When are you thinking?

    I am both a Nicolai and Chicksands rider!

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    What about meeting at Afan - I'm being a bit selfish here, as I live very close to Afan.

    Superb trails, that dry out very quickly even if it rains hard. Virtually no mud and plenty of different trails all very close to each other.

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    The stoke will be having a clan of Nicolai's together, so will leave the riding area to you peeps, but guess we want some sorts of challenges so to speak....

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    Afan and Coed Y Brenin sound perfect. How about accomodation? Anyone with any ideas?

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    Afan accommodation list

    Here's a link to the local accommodation as supplied by Skyline Cycles.

    Skyline Cycles are situated at the start of the trails, and they're a Nicolai dealer alos.

    http://www.skylinecycles.co.uk/id21.html

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    I'm a bit more partial to C-y-B, it's an hour less driving up from Cambridge. Lots of accomodation in Dolgellau (example). Advantage of Afan of course is we can all stay over at Nicolap99's place

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    Hey Boozzz, if I am not overseas, we could sort travel arrangements between us? However, I am out of country from 01 Apr - 01 July but could hook up some riding when I return? This Nicolai gathering sounds perfect, perhaps we should arrange a trip to warmer climates for us UK riders? Who is up for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lornibear
    Hey Boozzz, if I am not overseas, we could sort travel arrangements between us? However, I am out of country from 01 Apr - 01 July but could hook up some riding when I return? This Nicolai gathering sounds perfect, perhaps we should arrange a trip to warmer climates for us UK riders? Who is up for it?
    yeah, like NZ !!!!

    Get on to the down under, we show you good time...
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    Hey Whafe sounds like a plan, although just starting to walk again prior to my trip, great timing! Perhaps the Alps or somewhere like that? You back in Spain or still down under?

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    Am sitting in the business lounge in Singapore, about to fly my next leg to Barcelona, well a quick 20 min stop in Milan...

    Glad to hear you are walking again....

    My legs are sore, did a big roadie yesterday morning with Momentus, then we did our usual Sunday morning mtb ride at a fairly fast pace... We were riding at 6.30, started with lights, kinda fun doing that, then headed home, showered and jumped on a plane....
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    Sounds good Lorni. Trip to the Alps sounds good as well. I've got this planned for this summer: http://www.bike-explorer.ch/freeride-x/default.htm. Something similar to that would be awesome

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    That looks fantastic, I could use some of that for R & R thats for sure!

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    Chicksands.....

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    When are you thinking?

    I am both a Nicolai and Chicksands rider!
    Hey Solamanda, you don't happen to ride a rather nice lime green UFO ST do you?

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    I had some views like that last Summer when I headed over to Le Gets for a 4 day trip with the boys. That was on my 5 Spot ! Just trying to arrange a few days out there in the Summer with the FR as its going to rock over there...

    I don't like the look of the Stairs on the side of the mountain in the 07 photo tour !
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    Did chicksands today on my prophet... awsome... despite the driving snow and hail and mud it was fab.. it wont surprise you there were not many people there... did the 2x course loads of times in the end and had it dialed. Ill be heading back with the Nic in the next month as the shore was lethal wet and the 120 mm travel on the prophet sketchy on the bigger drops.

    some of the groms are mental.. 14ft in the air over the dirt jumps without flinching

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    Quote Originally Posted by lornibear
    Hey Solamanda, you don't happen to ride a rather nice lime green UFO ST do you?
    That's me

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    Nice bike.....

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    That's me
    I saw you warming up in the car park the day I piled in on the dual slalom course. Haven't been able to go back yet due to injury. I must admit, I wanted to stop and have a chat as I am thinking of a UFO ST. Mrs Lornibear however had already made me an appointment in A & E. Nice ride, what size do you have?

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    Nice. Wanted to go out on the Nic today as well, but in the end decided against it due to the weather being too sh*t. Next week then, hopefully. Bike's been sitting in my room now for almost a month, still haven't properly used it

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    I feel for you there Boozzz, I can only just look at my Nic as the leg is still bad after my last pile in. Am leaving the UK for a short spell in Afghan, so I will be hankering to get back and hopefully get some riding in tail end of the summer.
    Karve you are a brave man hammering the dual in the wet, I have had some hairy moments in the first sweeping right hander in the wet, although it's great fun.

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    I like that phrase, 'warming up'. That's a very polite way to describe me being a dick pulling skids

    It's a medium, your welcome to a spin if you spot me. Where else do you ride? To be honest I only take it to chicksands if my hardtail is broken. It's a beast of a bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by solamanda
    I like that phrase, 'warming up'. That's a very polite way to describe me being a dick pulling skids

    It's a medium, your welcome to a spin if you spot me. Where else do you ride? To be honest I only take it to chicksands if my hardtail is broken. It's a beast of a bike
    I often ride at Chicksands, just for the fun factor and to try and push my limits, it's taking a while but I am getting there. I also ride in Wales, mainly trail centres, this year I have really got into mild FR/DH from XC. I used to ride a Yeti 575 but found it was going to break at some point with what I was doing, hence the Nicolai.
    I am hoping to get to the Alps on my return for a bit of DH fun but am hankering after a single ring set up purely for fun. The FR is a great bike but am looking for that little extra travel.

    I am going to start to travel more towards the end of the year and start to build up a riding port folio that is worthy of a single ring bruiser, I just wish I had the bottle to go with it

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    So date wise, is the thoughts for May at Chicksands for a bit of a UK Nicolai get together?

    Lorni, know you are going away, when will you be back? You mentioned towards the end of summer, is that Aug or September? Sorry for 100 questions, just would like to time this ride with you being there if it could be swung that way..
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    I am away from next weekend until early July provided all things go well. Would love to hang it with you guys although the UK is a long way to come just for Chicksands. Might I suggest somewhere with a little more? As some have suggested perhaps Afan or even Coed e Brenin? At least there is a bar, a campsite etc. Could be a primitive but awesome meet. What do you all think?

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    Goddamnit, to add to my misery, I just discovered my Cannondale Prophet has cracked 'n failed, at the swingarm. Lots of four letter words there.

    On another note, Whafe, I agree with Lorni. I wouldn't come over just for Chicksands. Wales would be much better.

    Lorni, is that Afghan as in Afghanistan? Nothing too dangerous I hope, we need you back in one piece

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    Afan has a great Cafe and Bar, Camp site and showers could be the making of a great Nicolai meet.
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    Yep, Afan sounds far better to be honest.... Am keen anywhere though, stokage is easly got riding with a group, but the terrain sounds better at Afan... as well as a bar and cafe etc..... July though is getting hard for me to swing it, stuck in a hard place, waiting for Lorni to get back and then when I can swing it...
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    Booze, yes thats Afghanistan, it's rather 'hot' at the moment but only three months to push. Afan sounds great as I have done all but the Downhill. Sounds like an awesome get together, there is also places to stay in and around the area.

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    Just a heads up.. The only riding day I have this weekend is the bank holiday Monday. I will be whipping out the full face and hitting Chicksands and Woburn. Not sure how its going to work as there may be some logistical issues getting my mates there.... Anyway ignoring that.. If anyone fancy's a Monday full of jumps and drops feel free to come hang out! Might be an opportunity to get some awesome Nicolai action shots!

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    Sounds great Karve, but I'm having some logistical issues of my own as well. I've decided to move back to Amsterdam in July (permanently), so won't be buying a car for the two and a half months I've got left here. But whenever you head to Thetford, let me know, as I can get there by train.

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    Karve

    This was bound to happen !
    I'm off to Afan with the boys on the Saturday as its going to be the last weekend before my mate with the Nomad wife drops a sprog ! So he will not be getting much riding in for some time...

    Let me know when you are down Dorking way as we need to hook up for some Nicolai action on the North Downs.

    I had a great ride out on Saturday some of the trails where just right and some where just swomps !!!!
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    Fella's..... We need to think when I should come across to the UK.

    I should well be able to manage something in June.... But would need to organise around you all.... Would more than likely fly into Stanstead, dont mind driving somewhere....

    Any thoughts....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    Fella's..... We need to think when I should come across to the UK.

    I should well be able to manage something in June.... But would need to organise around you all.... Would more than likely fly into Stanstead, dont mind driving somewhere....

    Any thoughts....
    You're right Whafe. June would work for me, as I'm still here then. Then again, Lornibear won't be back before early July. I could possibly do that as well, even if I'm living back in Holland; could come over with the bike by boat, but of course would be somewhat more convenient if I'm still living here (might be the case if it's early July). I was also planning to go to Switzerland in July, but haven't set a date for that yet.

    As for transport, if I'm not yet back in Holland I'd need to rent a car too, and Stansted isn't too far off from Cambridge, so in that case we might be able to do some carpooling?

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    No worries all... ill be sessioning every couple of weeks so will keep posting when im out and about.. 5c0tty next Dorking trip and ill drop u a line

    Boozzz - Holland - Where will ur closest good trails be????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karve
    Boozzz - Holland - Where will ur closest good trails be????
    I know mate, I know... At least it's better streeting in Amsterdam than in Cambridge, but won't be using the Nic for that. There's a decent bikepark a good 2 hr drive away, all the way down south. It's some pretty good riding down there as well. I would say locationwise for riding Amsterdam is of similar shite quality as Cambridge, so not much lost there, and much gained in other respects .

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    I dont mind car pooling and picking the lads up if around the area of Cambridge...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    I dont mind car pooling and picking the lads up if around the area of Cambridge...
    Good one Whafe. Rest of the guys, what are your ideas about picking the date?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boozzz
    Good one Whafe. Rest of the guys, what are your ideas about picking the date?
    I know I can feel you peeps oozing with enthusiasm here. But not all at once now, take your time...

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    Well seeing as im there all the time im free whenever.. those to have to come from a bit further should probably set some dates out. Im off to Les Gets third week in July so either of those first 2 would be fab?

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    Epic session today.. was hitting the big ladder at Chickie on the FR and it wasn't even flinching... sunshine all day!

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    I'm free most weekends !
    But i'm sure the date picked will be when i'm busy doing something with the Mrs !
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    Well I think we set down a date in June. I am in Spain for pretty much all of June....

    Is it best to fly to Stanstead, then grab a rental and pick any peeps up and head to the ride spot that you decide????
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    Ok, lets do June. At the moment I'm open for every weekend in June, so I've got no preference for a single one. How about the rest of you peeps? Lets get this date set.

    Whafe, I think Stansted or perhaps Luton would be your best bet.

    For the riding: Afan or Coed-y-Brenin? I've never been to either, but my vote goes to C-y-B because it's closer.

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