While Terrahawk was out earning a crust – although he’s not giving up the day job as IT is much easier than solo racing – Shaman and I went out for an early morning pootle.

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What a great morning – one of those when you feel glad to be alive – unless you’re 18 hours into a 24 hour race and riding solo!

Watergrove beckoned – only at the height of summer is it as dry and fast as it was that morning.

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After some faffing with a flat rear tyre,  Shaman was ready for business.

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We went out past Watergrove and up the Long Causeway (with a bit of a detour to keep it all rideable)

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The view towards Stoodley from the top of Long Causeway is always nice.  Stoodley dominates Calderdale and can be seen from wherever you are. (Well, almost)

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The descent is a cracker.  Loose and broken at the moment – bags of fun!

And then across to the Zig Zags.  From over the valley they look like this:

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Can you see the track coming in to the top from the right?

They’re well worth a visit.

It starts with a narrow walled track with a couple of gates, loose rocks and waterbars.

Something about the cobbled surface makes you feel as though you’re tyres are always on the edge of losing heir grip – but they don’t!

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It opens out a bit further on into the sweeping turns of he zig zags.

(Think I should have upped the speed on this shot, Shaman almost looks as though he’s moving!)

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From the bottom is the flower Scar Road climb and the track towards Hades to finish.

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What a great morning’s riding!

And big congratulations to Terrahawk – top effort!