After such a rad time at the Dorset Gravel Dash earlier in the year, we were back for more off road mayhem at the inaugural Bikemonger Bimble.
Put on in conjunction with The Purbeck Outdoor Weekend and hosted by Swanage’s very own Charlie The Bikemonger it attracted around 50 or so riders. There were 3 possible routes, the Half Bimble (20 miles), Full Bimble (30 miles) and the Double Bimble, consisting of the full followed by the half (50 miles). Obviously we were doing the double.
Bike selection for the ride tended to be MTB with a few CX bikes thrown in for good measure. However, in most cases these were more of a niche fetish, top shelf collection of bike porn. Lots of steel, fat tires, SS, drop bars, Rohloff to home made craziness.
Despite it being the last weekend of summer the blue sky’s and sunshine added to the party vibes.
“As you would expect from one of Charlie’s events it was gnarly from the get go!
Resent storms had washes out parts of the trails leaving behind big sharp jurassic rocks, while other steep sections had we wishing for a dropper post.
There was a good selection of surfaces more favourable to some then others at any time. These ranged from dirt, grass, sand, gravel, rocks, double track, bridleways all linked together with tarmac and laid out over seemingly constant climbs or sketchy descents.
The views in this part of the country are much more dramatic then up our end of the coast with the ancient cliffs and castles around every turn.
As a result of how the start was staggered we bumped into a few of the half Bimble guys towards the end of our first lap before heading out again as a group of 4 for our second.
Riding in a group with our new mates Iain and Mark was fun and chatting bikes had the last 20 miles fly by. In fact we only started to get strung out a bit on the last climb out of Old Harry Rocks, with me losing contact on the very steep descent back down to Swanage. Iain was kindly holding the last gate open for me and we rolled into the finish together with him taking what turned out to be 3rd on the line. Mark had taken second, but Arunas on his almost stock Surly Pugsley fat bike took the top spot! Chapeau!
“Probably even more impressive though was a guy called Cab who dispite finishing DFL completed the course on his brakeless fixed gear klunker… Fucking BOSS!
Full results can be found by clicking here.
All in, it was another awesome day of riding and thanks to everyone involved for putting on such a fun event.
If your down in Dorset and fancy seeing what all the fuss is about I have linked the GPX routes below. Happy trails
Double Bimble (Full then Half)