Hi Peter, I saw on Facebook a film of you and Rupert taking part in a night ride. It looked great, a really different take on riding green roads. What's the story behind it?
Peter:I've done a 'night ride' before and really enjoyed it. I have been waiting a while to see if another would be advertised but nothing was happening so I decided it would be up to me to make it happen. I posted an ad on our Herts TRF FB group and had quite a few people sign up. Unfortunately a mixture of bad weather and 'fair weather riders' meant that in the end it was just myself and Rupert who were up for it.
TRF:For someone who has only really ridden in the day and maybe gets a move on as the sun begins to set, what is it actually like riding in the dark?
Peter:Well it's still trail riding so it's not so different. Of course you can't see too far so you tend to keep your speed down. I guess the biggest difference is that you end up 'feeling' your way rather than seeing it. I actually found that I was better at riding ruts in the dark than in daylight, you can't see what's coming up so you don't worry about it and you just feel what the bike is doing and react accordingly.
TRF:I know my KTM has rubbish headlights. Presumably you needed to boosts these with extra lights. What kit did you use?
TRF:Were you riding late into the night near populated areas? Do you need to give any consideration to the fact that people won't really expect anyone to be out on the trails at that time of night?
TRF:Finally, and this is perhaps the subject for another interview, I find it fascinating that we have so many members that live in London, the very last place you would expect to find a trail rider. What's it like?
Peter:Living in London I have to ride north towards Hertfordshire to find my first Green Road, however, it doesn't take long and I can be on a lane within 25 minutes. A bonus is there isn't a market/desire to steal dirt bikes (hope I haven't spoken too soon) as London thieves don't know what they are!