EMTB coaching at Malvern hills 21/01/15
Our eBike coach Alex went to Malvern Hills with a couple of friends on the night of the 21st January to have a scout around the hills for a planned eBike guided ride event coming up soon. Alex put a few words together about what happened.
Getting to the hills was lovely and clear the whole journey there but that changed as soon as I got to Malvern town where we drove into fog. Finding our car park was a little challenging due to visibility very short but found it eventually. Getting out of the car the temperature was 2 degrees according to the motor, it felt a lot colder though once I got changed. Thermals, riding waterproofs, seal skins socks and gloves on I finally through my leg over my Haibike turned my lights on and was blinded from the fog returning the light into my eyes. We had to turn our lights onto low beam so we could see past the Bosch Nyon at the floor infront of us. Having our Nyon set up to guide us around the hills we had previously programmed back at home before leaving base, we were on our way.
Climbing up the hills on the Xduro Nduro Pro was incredible as I always used to feel tired straight from the car due to the steep bridle way route to get up above the town and onto the routes above. This steep loose pebbled track is a route many mountain bikers feel the burn on, this was proved by the guys I took with me both on Ibis Mojo Hd’s they could not pedal up this route any faster than 3mph in their granny rings. The Nduro Pro was climbing with perfect grip at 12mph with me putting in the same effort as the lads behind me. I decided to go back down the track to speak to the lads, back with them climbing I was chatting away to them normally with them struggling for air so conversation was very much one sided. Once the terrain levelled off we stopped and switched our lights off…… could not see each other let alone any kind of view. This is what it should look like on a clear night;
Not like this;
The Bosch Nyon was guiding us around the hills very well, clear screen instructions were given in advanced and we did not get lost once. The terrain was pretty challenging around the lower tree line being very wet and muddy causing some sliding and drifting action around some trees with large root drops, brilliant fun. I decided to try the Haibike eBike at pedalling up the “impossible” according to the others, the Nduro Pro surprised me by getting just over half way up this mud bath. Deciding to avoid the summit due to the fog we headed back towards the car within the trees again a lot of sliding around was happening, we were all laughing out loud with whoops and giggles.
We popped out off the trails onto the road just around the corner from the car muddy as hell with grins from ear to ear we all had a great time, even though it was cut short due to the weather. Our trip to Mavern Hills with the Haibike Nyon leading the way was a success for fun but little knowledge was gained for a planned guided ride around there yet.
Alex is certain that his trusty mountain bike the Haibike Nduro Pro will be taking him around the Malvern Hills again soon.