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Dunk Me Again!!!!! Lee the Hobnobb of the mountain bike world.

As Lee Marsden made the trip north through heavy rain to ride the Howgills, he was resigned to the fact it might not be a dry ride. But as he reached Jct 36 of the M6 the skies were getting lighter and there was the odd patch of blue sky. All was good and after a quick brew we set off to ride the Calf from Bowderdale. 5 mins into the ride and Lee’s White 46 started clunking and was refusing to drive up the hills. Lee anticipating a big day in the mountains and a trip up to Glentress in a couple of weeks had fitted a new chain and middle front chain ring but hadn’t changed the cassette (did someone say tight?). Sure enough quick inspection of the rear cassette revealed excessive wear and the new chain was skipping off when under load. Back to mine for a quick Formula 1 style cassette change, stole it from my other half’s bike shhhhhh she will never know. Back on the road and into Bowderdale and our first big test was a stream crossing to get onto the west side of the valley. It didn’t go to plan and the result can be seen below!

As Lee wrung out his clothes it was decided that from this day on all mountain bikers that take an early bath should stand where they fall and shout out “Dunk me again” in a Boltonian accent. If you don’t know what this has to do with Hobnobbs check out the link at the bottom of this post (enjoy)

Putting the biscuit episode well and truly behind us we pushed on up Bowderdale on some of the most technical single-track in Cumbria. We quickly gained height and after a couple of Breakaways were soon rewarded with some awesome scenery. Here is the view of  Bowderdale looking back the way we climbed up.

Below we reach the top! No Lee’s not throwing his Jaffa Cakes up, he’s paying  homage to the trig point 670 meters up on The Calf, well done fella.

A quick sandwich or three while we admired the view and a little time to allow our food to Digestive (ooops) and it was Time to GoBar. (sorry)

Leaving the Calf behind we took a fantastic  descent down into Sedburgh with Lee perfecting Shortbread manuals (daaaam) to drop off the grassy steps on the way down “flying mate”.  Once back down into suburbia we got to grips with bunny hop’s and it wasn’t long before we turned Lee’s  “two wheel at the same time” into more of an  arcing hop see evidence below.

All told a great day out,sorry for the dunking buyt it couldn’t have happened to a Nicer chap!

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