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.