Mayhem of mud

Well the teams are back and there are some fairly shattered folks after the Mountain Mayhem this weekend. The story of the weekend seems to be Mud. Oh and then a bit more on top. Cycling proved tricky in the conditions with folks pushing their bikes for up to a third of the course. There’s been a few negative vibes on Facebook to do with the gloop but the guys & gals here have had a good time, despite the best endeavours of mother nature.

We’ve pulled together our best photos of the weekend along with a couple of videos to give you a taste of what went on.

Camp mayhem

Team Webtogs

Lucys team

Bottom of one of the hills

Unicycle nutter

Charlie shows a bit of leg

Charlie keeps smiling

The Islabikes team racing on kiddy bikes

Post race gloop

To all those who went and participated – we salute you! If you went, how did you get on and is anyone planning on tackling it next year?

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Mountain Mayhem this weekend

Five of the Webtogs team are off to do the Mountain Mayhem this weekend in weather that’s looking a bit iffy to say the least! Mountain Mayhem is the largest and the most prestigious 24-hour mountain bike event in the world, where teams of up to 10 cycle off road for a total of 24 hours around a 10 mile circuit in Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Herefordshire. There’s a lot of night riding as a result, so the guys are really looking forward to testing out some of their Silva head torches, particularly Tim with his Silva Sprint plus.

Mountain Mayhem at nightWe’ve got two teams entering, Charlie, Keith, Mike & Tim are in one and Lucy has teamed up with other friends to cycle with another. So far today, everyone appears to have been huddling over computers nervously watching the weather forecast. Early reports have said the site and course resemble classic Glastonbury circa 1997 – not pleasant….

Best of luck to everyone who is entering this weekend, if anyone has entered previously or is taking part, we’d love to hear how you got on or what you think of it, so please post up in the comments below.

Photos courtesy of Nic R & Andy Armstrong on Flickr

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Walk Wednesday in the New Forest – Hawkhill round walk or ride

This weeks Walk Wednesday route is a straightforward walk that can also be cycled. Near the village of Beaulieu in the New Forest, you start off at the Hawkhill enclosure which you get to by taking the B3054 from Beaulieu or the B3055 from Brockenhurst.

At the Hawkhill Car Park you follow the dirt track south before zig zagging your way to Round Hill , then following tracks North through the Forest to New Copse & Stubby Cope Inclosures before circling Denny Lodge and heading back.

New Forest horsesStaying in the forest you head down to Frame Wood eventually leaving the woods at Furzey Lodge before heading back along the road to the car park.

All in all it’s nearly 12 miles with a little up and down and is perfect as a cycle with the family, a blast after work when short of time, or a long half days walking.

As always you can download the route on Viewranger, have a look at the Social Hiking Map below, or right click and “save as” the GPX file here to download for your Sat Nav device of choice.

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Our New Blog Home

For those of you who have never read us before, howdy! For those of you who have followed us previously welcome to our new home at http://tog-blog.co.uk We’ve been busy shoving the old site in to the theoretical moving van and here we are.

If you really want to know why we’ve moved, we’re making changes to the main site and want to ensure that it runs faster than a speeding bullet.  Moving the blog to a new domain helps us do this. We’ve also realised that this blog has been going for nearly 5 years now (phew) and there is a shed load of good stuff here. It deserves it’s own place, so pull up a pew, hit the subscribe link on the right or add our RSS feed to whatever programme tickles your fancy and we’ll pour the tea.

As for what you will see now you are here, well we are going to include the following;

  • There will be pictures of kittens from time to time
  • We won’t take ourselves too seriously
  • We won’t just turn this in to a blog where we go blah blah blah product blah blah blah product, buy buy buy all the time.
  • We’ll post useful stuff you want to know about the outdoors.
  • We’ll post routes of stuff we have done and let you download them and use them however you want.
  • We’ll try to sort out World peace in the next 18 months and post random words and numbers like 92Z5CYCA9FKD to confuse you.

One of those is a fib. Guess away as to which one. If you want to see something specific apart from rude pictures, post up below and we’ll see what we can do.

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