For once I’m organised in advance (almost a month in advance!) and have a spare weekend, so I’m actually having this coker weekend I’ve been promising for ages.
I’ve found some nice coker/29er rides, no scary major roads involved, a good variety of riding, with everything from singletrack to minor roads. The lengths are adaptable from about 12 miles to >40 for nutcases. It’ll be similar in style to the first coker weekend I organised a couple of years back, ie. pretty relaxed. I’ve checked out some good pubs, including one super duper one for beery people with half a zillion different beers and ciders. There’s also at least two very good tea rooms(*) for anyone who is inclined towards cake. The riding won’t be super technical, but there will be a bit of off-road and a few little hills, so don’t bring short cranks (ie. less than 150 on coker/125 on 29er) unless you’re Roger, or very fit.
There’ll be hopefully enough accommodation at my house in Beeston near Nottingham, it’s a 3 bed semi, we’ve probably got room for 12 or so people, it’ll be sleeping on floors/sofas/anywhere you can find. If you wanted something more salubrious, there are hotels/b+bs in Nottingham, which is about 3 miles from my house and easy to get to by train/bus/unicycle, or Beeston has some b+bs I think. For people who live locally, the rides will start from my house at 10ish on the Saturday and Sunday, or we can meet you at Beeston train or bus stations if you need to as they’re pretty close.
If you’re thinking of just coming down for a day, I’d suggest making it the Saturday if you can as Sunday rides are never as long, what with people having to get home and stuff.
Rides will start from hereish -
By Car - Junction 25 M1, A52 towards Nottingham, turn right (signposted Beeston) at Nurseryman Pub, then turn right into Sidney Road (4th or so on the right).
By train - Train to Beeston (trains from Nottingham, Derby, London, Birmingham etc. stop there). Out the north side of the train station and up the main road, keep going straight on up Station Road/Wollaton Road, past the end of the high street, then third or so on the left after that is Sidney Road.
If you’re interested post here, pm/email me (email@example.com) or phone/text me on 07905 696427 to let me know you’re coming and to find out the house number.
- One of which is recommended by the British Tea Council and has been expertly tested by Nottingham riders and found to be good.