Report 28th April & Away Day 24th
Where Do I start?
24th April – Captains Away Day (sponsored
by Dr Bungle)
Moos set off for the day, leaving Machen at 10.30, the riders –
Daf, Jim, Ant, Ant2, Scripsy, Jesus, Julian, Griff, Tom, Chris
Watkins, Gonzo, Berni, Enzo & WAIT FOR IT ……………………………….Option.
(as promised Moo Merit point for all)
Story – The Introduction
Saturday morning Rob James decided to rekindle his mountain bike
career and attend the Captains Away Day, hosted by Daf.
day out riding with the boys and a few beers later on, was just
the carrot to tempt him back in the saddle. He arrived at the
ride took us up over Ocrhwyth and down to Rogerstone – a
slight stutter occurred when a few riders went astray, but Daf calmly
rounded them up and on we went, road work took us onto a long climb
up, some lanes and onto the common land leading to Twmbarlwm.
Story – The Ride
well behind for most of the climbs and road work, Robert did
manage to give those large calf muscles a work out when he walked
up most of the lane. Up the rocky ascent he managed to stick
near the back and arrived at the top looking rather knackered…………………………………….at
least he was having a go!!!!!!
top of Twmbarlwm we travelled around the side of the mountain
and did the horseshoe loop bringing us back to the top of Abercarn
woods, where Daf lead us onto a wicked descent that lasted all
Daf then lead us to the descent he was looking for and onward we
peddled very keen to actually do some downhill riding.
Story – The Embarrassment
the thought of a downhill it was time to shut us all up and show
that even though he had struggled all day he still had the downhill
skill to beat us all. Off he went like the proverbial rat, leading
the way down the rocky descent. A slowing up of the herd ensued
as it then became clear that our Rob had crashed and burned,
hitting the dirt and wrecking his forearm and knee and ego…………….all
because of another puncture………………………..Fitness
is still required on downhill.
was on the final descent into Risca, that once again the herd
was forced to stop and wait for someone with another puncture,
it was ……………………………………Option
A 4-pint stop and some lunch at the Darran,
Story – The Interlude
at the Darran…………..last,
our Rob advised that he had to stop for another puncture on the
The hospitality very much appreciated and it was off back to HQ
for some topping up. Wrighty decided it was better to wait in the
toilet and pretend we all left without him, and while on route back
over Machen Mountain he phoned captain and said he was heading up
Ochrwyth lane. More likely that he had arranged to be picked up and
given a lift home.
at HQ it was pint after pint after pint, resulting in Cap’n,
Wrighty and Jesus staying till the end. Jesus losing his keys (naughty
Cap’n) and seat-post (naughty Ant) and Wrighty losing his balance
All in all what an excellent day, looking forward to the next one
when Ant Ryan is taking us West out of the village towards Taffs
Well for another 25 miler and probably the same amount of beer !!!!!!
Night 2 – 28th April
Story –The Request
Brrrrring goes my phone, Hi Peal, Option here, just want to let
you know that I will be struggling to make the sports night 2
as my knee is still very, very bad after Saturday. Sorry Option
there is just no dropping out as the teams are set and numbers
are tight – cant afford any withdrawals. Oh Ok but I am struggling
so just wanted to warn you………………………………………Ah
gents what a turn out for the second instalment of the Sports
Night Challenge. 30 riders and some supporting Moos made sure
the event was a success which everyone enjoyed………..well
on time and off to Lower Machen for the first event – the
Ocrhwyth Climb – only need to mention Andy Griff and his blow
out, both tyre and lungs as he appeared seconds before the delayed
start, totally knackered, no time to waste they were off. 7 Mins
7 secs later Beaker was at the top, not even out of breath, followed
by Jesus and Schlong.
event – Perrets Race. Cap’ns fist view of the
riders was towards the bottom section when Harty was storming the
race, Jock behind but never likely to catch him unless he….CRASHED……..OUCH!!
big off and a busted knee left him hobbling over the line in
a remarkable 6th place, even though he totally balls’d
up on what should have been a 10 pointer for his team.
It then became clear that only 9 had finished the race and news
came through that Wrighty had an even worse smash towards the middle
section, video evidence shows a wicked tail flip and triple axle
somersault ensued, leaving our resident Evil Kinevil requiring hospital
treatment for what has to be said was a mangled Knee resembling the
fake picture that Gaz had some years previous posted on the website
as his injury. Wrighty hope you recover soon. Jock was 1st Owgie
2nd and Option 3rd.
Behind time it was over to the woods for the Forestry track Climb,
won by Gaz in 5mins 26 secs, Schlong and Griff followed.
Carling Tree downhill resulted in no injuries and Beaker winning
in 3mins 33secs, followed by Chris (17secs behind) and Jim (6secs
behind) – great effort by all.
Out of the quarry, won by Gaz in 5mins 59 secs, followed by Crock
final race resulted in very close finish for second place, where
Jim had won fairly comfortably and Owgie and Chrissie battled
it out for second, with Owgie just keeping his lead over the
line, by less than ½ a wheel.
7 – would it be a decider? Beaker stormed it
with Enzo and Jim next.
Back at HQ it was Food, Beer, Results, Awards, Birthdays and Captains
as is becoming a common theme, Captain can’t
add up properly on a Wednesday and there has been a change in
the lower order results. Key changes were that Harty did actually
beat both the Russell’s over the line to finish 6th. Sam’s
points for Race 7 were incorrectly attributed to Team 5, when in
fact he was racing for Team 4
Crock, Jock, Enzo, Tony 2, Tom
Berni, Daf, Beaker, OBE, Reg
Jim, Sam, Russ L, Griff, Roger
Marty, Schlong, Julian, Feather, Option
Gaz, Jesus, Simon, Bag o Leaves, Owgie
breakdown of results have been posted separately. Points have
been allocated to the overall individual running competition,
as follows – All riders in team 3 get 15 points, Team 2 – 12
pts, Team 4 – 9 pts, Team 1 – 6 pts and Team 5 – 3
for the individual running competition have been posted on the
website - click here
of the month – Daf
Story – The Welcome Back
that he finally attended a ride, it was time to catch up on an
overdue reward. Option was to have had TW#T of the month in March,
for not attending once, not taking his ride, openly admitting
to Cap’n that his season was ……………officially
of the month – Option
had Rider of the Night – OBE and Tw#t of the night – Harty.
Birthdays – Overdue drinks for Ant 2, Kev and Chris – there
is no getting away lads.
Gameshow Challenge – With a glitch in the sound studio
this week, Vice Captain Johnsy serenaded us with his rendition of
the opening theme tune to Play Your Cards Right – he! he! he! – cant
wait until we do Big Break and he has to sing Snooker Loopy!!!!
contestants – Option v Daf & OBE v Crockett
Story – The Gameshow Revival
a final chance to redeem himself after a week from hell, he took
up the challenge and ……………………………..LOST!!!!!
The winner - Crockett
a few days in the life of the Miggly Moos – 25 to 30
mile cross country ride, 7 races in one evening covering all Mountain
Bike skills and of course LOADS OF BEER, oh and of course loads of
abuse, that leads me to………………….
Story – The Conclusion
Just where will his season go from here, after a promising start
he has been well and truly overtaken in the Merits by OBE, Overshadowed
by OBE following his performance in the Second Sports Night and it
is increasingly likely that he will not recover from his injuries
for at least another few weeks.
Having had his last ride on the 24th Feb (Sports Night 1), I look
forward to seeing you again for the 4x in June.
Thanks again for your support