QUOTE(Warren @ Oct 7 2009, 10:11 PM)
Looks like the ride on Saterday is going to be great, not thats its my place to say but would a few smaller groups with pre-determined meeting points not be better as lets be honest after the 5th or 6th rider you start to get bottle necks and lots of stop start which does not make for fun?? Just my thoughts.
AWW!! I was looking forward to the carnage when the front rider crashes and the rest (following 5mm behind each other) pile-up in true bluesbrothers style car crash
Hmmm think i get your point.
Problem is Swinley has NO signs or trail markings for the trails. There also very few features that can be used as land marks. There are is an odd "lookout this way" sign, but they are very few. If you dont know the area, you can easily get lost.
Think best way maybe to have "blocks" lead by those familiar with swinley.
Anyone with gps units would be advised to download the route (it has waypoints).
Obviously have phone numbers of leaders with you.
I will have a couple of walkie-talkies, if anyone has some (small) walkie talkies, they would be useful.
There is a few tracks that riding 20 at a time will be fine (nine yards etc) You just need to use your noggin if you stop and keep the trail clear. Most trails are bi-directional, so also watch out for riders in the opposite direction.
I will be backmarker for the day, sweeping up the debree.
Statistically there will be technical issues. Punctures, broken derailers, snapped chains, broken bones.
Please please makes sure you have usual spares.
I am still not confident of the weather. So Please makes sure you carry a water proof at least in the car.
AHH!!! one REALLY IMPORTANT THING
Swinley forest Carpark is Theiving scum ground Zero
Make sure you car is bare when you have emptied the bike and bits. Have NOTHING on show once you leave your car.
Pack your car so you can hide everything.