9th March 07; Edale, Mam Tor, Roych Clough, Hayfield, Jacobs Ladder, Edale…and My New Bike!

Today I was joined by 13 other riders from ‘UK MTB Forum‘ and ‘MTB in the Peak District’ (Facebook). As riding goes, it was a tough uphill day, but well worth the effort for the downhills!

We had a range of riders on all different bikes, but what made it better was the obvious passion for riding and just getting out there regardless of age or physical capability. I would also like share that we witnessed a bizarre phenomenom on the ride in the shape of malt loaf (Greg)…. it works wonders, well either that or it was the smell of chips! The ride was rounded off with free chip butties at The Nags Head Edale..much appreciated, thanks!

Thanks to Scott Preece and Ben Armitt for the pics. Also, to every one that turned out…Cheers!

With respect to my new bike…well I wanted a change and fancied something a bit different….so I treated myself to a new Marin Quake 7.2

It’s a awesome bike which descends with such phenomenal pace, as I had the pleasure to find out on the ride…also ascends really well, but being lazy, I resorted to pushing up hill!



  1. King_Jeff said,

    Wrote on March 10, 2008 @ 6:59 pm

    Looks like you guys had a good ride. Shame I couldn’t make it. Cheers for doing the write up Shane, and thanks to people who took the pics.

  2. James Irwin said,

    Wrote on March 10, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

    Yeh, nice little write up. I am sure that everyone is please to see something written that isnt by me or Jeff 🙂 Your new bike looks nice, very stealth. How did that route work out? never done that one before.

  3. Gav said,

    Wrote on March 10, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

    The route is good, I’ve ridden it a few times now and enjoy it every time. Could do with a few more descents to make up for all the climbing, other than that, its cool!
    There was only 2 riders from UK MTB forum, and 2 from both (me n greg) so the rest of the riders came from the facebook group.
    It was a good day and a good laugh, I think the chips and the Malt-Loaf incident topped it off, oh, and mine and Shane’s acrobatics while leaving our bikes!!

  4. shane said,

    Wrote on March 10, 2008 @ 9:14 pm

    the one when i just parked my bike the leepfrogged the bars then sat and watched evry one go past. was a great rout but would love a ski lift on the way up the back of jacobs ladder. irwin when you free midweek next should organise something?

  5. James Irwin said,

    Wrote on March 10, 2008 @ 10:53 pm

    Shane i am back for three weeks from this weekend so let me know when you are free

  6. tim said,

    Wrote on March 11, 2008 @ 1:39 pm

    Irwin – are you free to ride on Monday at all? My last chance to ride as a single man!

  7. James Irwin said,

    Wrote on March 11, 2008 @ 3:36 pm

    Yes Tim i am free on monday, where do you want to ride. Are you free on saturday? How long is it untill the big day?

  8. ben said,

    Wrote on March 11, 2008 @ 7:57 pm

    Yeh it was a brilliant ride, first time ive done that route! nice to ride with evry1 from the facebook group, makes a nice change having a big group of riders.

  9. shane said,

    Wrote on March 11, 2008 @ 8:07 pm

    hay tim & irwin monday sounds good im up for a ride dosnt matter where

  10. James Irwin said,

    Wrote on March 11, 2008 @ 11:00 pm

    Shane are you busy on friday?

  11. shane said,

    Wrote on March 12, 2008 @ 7:29 am

    im working at 2 ?

  12. James Irwin said,

    Wrote on March 12, 2008 @ 12:33 pm

    Well i could come over the edale for an early start and ride some of your local stuff.

  13. shane said,

    Wrote on March 12, 2008 @ 9:11 pm

    hummm jacobs-up/down then mam tor-hollins-bactor/greenlands sounds like a nice morning with a bacon buttie to start at mine thats a plan 🙂

  14. James Irwin said,

    Wrote on March 12, 2008 @ 11:11 pm

    Okay i will get the train that gets in at 09:47 shall i meet you at your house? Tim for monday i have got an idea of where to ride if you want to ride something new.

  15. shane said,

    Wrote on March 13, 2008 @ 10:29 am

    yeh ill be at mine bacon sarne will be ready

  16. shane said,

    Wrote on March 14, 2008 @ 4:41 pm

    hhay irwnn thanks 4 the ride 2 day shame bout the off but should be ok ill walk over on monday


  17. James Irwin said,

    Wrote on March 14, 2008 @ 8:12 pm

    Shane pictures are up.
    Glad you feel okay 🙂