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Feb 03, 2011

 
A couple of days ago I celebrated my 30th Birthday, Tash and I took a few days off work and travelled to Langollen in North Wales. We spent a couple of days biking at the Coed Llandegla trail centre and stayed at the Riverside Mews which is in close driving distance to the trails. Llandegla has always been one of my favourite trail centres in the UK but has been greatly improved with the addition of dedicated skills and free ride areas, we spent quite a bit of time playing on these, rode the main red/ black route and also rode the new black section 'Parallel Universe' which was great fun. The next morning we departed Wales and drove back to London.

On my birthday we drove over to
Chicksands Bike Park and spent the day riding the various tracks and trails. We virtually had the place to ourselves which was great so we got in a good few runs on the dual slalom,  4X and freeride areas. I spent a bit of time trying to clear the 4X double cleanly...


... had a play in the freeride area...


... and had a bash at the small set of tables in the jump area


Tash got some great practise in and really enjoyed the dual course! After riding all day we were absolutely knackered so we went home, ate some awesome Indian food from the Bombay Bicycle Club and drank a great bottle of Champagne! To my surprise the next day Tash had arranged a secret meal where we met up with my sister Jo and her boyfriend Dave - it was great to see them both - cheers for coming down guys!

I must admit I was half expecting to feel a bit weird about turning 30, but actually I feel pretty good about it. The fact that I got a good 3 days off work, riding bikes with Tash fixes it firmly as my favourite birthday so far! Big thanks to Tash for everything!!

Today I went back to work and got stuck in to a fun technical problem which has been plaguing our project for a while, I was fortunate to find a good solution - something I will probably blog about once I've tidied it all up as it's a very poorly documented area.

Anyway that's about it, I'm enjoying being 30 and am looking forward to what this year brings!

EdD

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