Mountain biking in southern England in January is generally a muddy experience.
A couple of hours in Bedgebury Forest, Kent, leads to a bike covered in thick black gritty mud.
Thankfully, the visitors’ centre has a freely available hosepipe.
One of the simple pleasures of mountain biking is the therapeutic process of transforming a filthy bike into a clean one.
Even better than that is the process of transforming a clean bike into a filthy one.
I remember the days of when I would get home covered head to toe in mud. In fact, I had one T shirt that would never ever come clean. Ah, Happy Days!