Arriving at the carpark, I quickly realised it wasn't as warm as I had thought it was when I looked out from my garage. I was sure the first climb would put an end to that. Lee, Mat, Gilly and myself set off heading up hill, which turned out to be the flavour of the ride.
Outside of QECP, the trails were running wet and very muddy, but we seemed to be making good time as Lee led us over to Stoughton to try out some of the built trails on offer. We arrived at the top of one trail which had a coffee machine plugged in to a tree, but it wasnt working so we moved on.
Pensively, we rode into a trail which was made of chalk, with lovely big berms and a few drops and tables. At the bottom, we decided that due to the condition of the trails, we would call it a day, with plans to return in the summer for dryer trails when chalk looks less daunting.
Onwards to tea, we headed over to Compton tearoom where we sat outside in the front garden, which was a veritable sun trap making us all look forward to the summer ahead.
After a longer than normal tea stop soaking up the sun, we rode through the village (keeping an eye out for Dr Dre and managing to avoid the Bloods and the Crips). Mat had picked up a tubless slow puncture which meant he had to keep riding ahead to give him time to pump it while we all caught up. We finished with the dreaded climb back in to the park to the top of the red trail, where at last it was downhill all the way to the cars. We all agreed what a lovely ride it had been, and one of the best tea stops made better by the suprise apperance of the sun.