On Saturday morning Steve, Big E and myself met up on Cannock Chase for a lap of Follow the Dog and The Monkey Trail. As we got ready I checked over what the "magic shed" had sorted for me since I had ridden my hardtail on Thursday night? I discovered that some saddle movement I had detected was being caused by my KS i7 seatpost having developed about 10mm of up/down play when it was supposed to be locked out! Doh! One for the warranty department later but for the time being I had to live with it for the day's ride.

Only a fortnight after a trip to some Scottish trail centres eight of us somehow wangled another trip; this time for some Welsh trail centre action. Phil's birthday was the excuse.

After meeting en-route in a cafe for the traditional "athletic preparation" of a big fry up our first destination was Llandegla.