Some of the best mountain biking in the south-east of England is to be found in the Surrey Hills.
This entire area South of Gomshall is an absolute rabbit warren of trails on which we can spend the day developing your confidence, improving your skills and generally having a ball.
This is a Wilderness Weekends grade 2 ride. This means it's got technicality (i.e. medium level balancey or tricky stuff ), all features can be rolled over and do not require you to jump. In simple terms, it's a day's ride that will require a decent level of fitness and be comfortable on a bike with reasonable experience of bike trails.
On a grade 2 you will encounter berms, roots, small drops and reasonably technical uphill. There will be no unavoidable features and the "chicken line" is always an acceptable option. Mud can be an issue on certain trails but if you have a reasonable set of tyres (wider than 2" with knobbles) you should find it great fun rather than sinking to the axle.
Bikes will need to be robust and well maintained.
We also have grade 1 and 3 rides on our website (http://wildernessweekends.com/) if you think you'd like something more relaxed or technical.
Komoot have a really useful trail terrain scale which I will use to describe the difficulty of the trails we use. Have a look at the link below before reading on.
Using the above scale the trails you will take during a grade 2 ride are:
Trails void of or with few difficulties. Mostly wider paths comprising compacted gravel or solid earth. Roots, rocks and uneven ground is not to be expected.
Trails comprising mostly compacted gravel or solid earth with some flat roots and smaller rocks. The surface may become loose at times and periods of stand-up riding may be required to overcome obstacles.
Trails that comprise a looser surface, as well as many roots and rocks. Narrow curves and steeper gradients are to be expected. Readyness to brake at all times is required, as is the ability to shift your center of gravity on the bike.
Trails that include blocked singletracks, hairpin turns and tricky traverses. Loose scree and slippery terrain comprise the majority of the trail. Good command of the bike, excellent balance, unbroken concentration and controlled braking skills required.
If you are familiar with bike park grading this route would be mostly blue with some red.
Just for a bit of bike clarity...
Types of bike that won't stand a chance so don't bring em:
Sit up and beg,
Types of bike that will struggle badly and will be no fun:
Hybrids, with slim tyres
The kit you must bring with you are:
Essential kit for grade 2 (the non-negotiable stuff):
Helmet (made in the past 3 years)
Mountain bike tyres wider than 2" with nobbles (no slicks or road tyres)
Bike in good working condition
Suspension forks (contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to chat about this)
Disk brakes (as above contact us if you want to chat about this email@example.com)
Small rucksack for the day
Protein and carb rich snacks (stuff you can nibble on quickly)
Packed lunch (something sizeable and decent to attack halfway through)
A rain jacket
A light warm jacket
Bike tube that fits your bike or tubless repair kit (we'll have a basic tubeless repair kit)
Recommended kit for grade 2 (stuff that'll make your ride more comfortable):
Thick tyres ideally 2.3" or wider
Beanie and gloves for stops
A spare warm jacket
You’ll be working up a sweat. Bring along a touch of enthusiasm and a little determination