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Every year the signal goes out and Yeti riders from all around the country gather to ride bikes, share the trail and enjoy good times at the Yeti tribe meeting. This year was no exception as riders herd the roll call and headed to Long Mynd, Shropshire.

The weather leading up to the 2012 Yetifan.com UK Tribe meeting did it's best to put people off and keep them indoors but it hadn't taken into account just how hardy a group the UK tribe are. After 8 very successful years visiting the forests and mountains of Wales the 9th annual gathering saw a switch in location to Long Mynd, Shropshire. With a base set-up in the local pub and some of the country's best natural trails on the door step there was no way the weather would stop Yeti owners from around the country attending.

Friday afternoon was a later than planned departure from Cornwall as the Silverfish convoy rolled out of town and up the motorway stopping only for vial supplies of coffee and burgers (athletes you know). After a few hours of tarmac cruising we neared our destination and as we left the town of Church Stratton behind us we got our first glance at some of the terrain and trails we would tackling the next day. With jaws on the floor there was a wave of excitement running through all passengers in the van as the hills of Long Mynd looked stunning in the early evening sun. The view from the crest of the hill seemed endless as if they were constructed to form a lookout point for surveying all of England and Wales. Descending into Rattlinghope we pulled in the country pub car park and headed in to catch-up with the other early arrivals and check into our YHA for the weekend.

The 2012 tribe meeting was based from a picturesque country pub called The Bridges which not only offered its own ale on tap and a stream running through the garden but it also had a menu constructed from some of the best local food I have tasted (try the burger next time you're there) in years. Accommodation was next door for most people as the tribe took over the local youth hostel which offered comfy beds, bedding and a solid breakfast to kick start the day. With everyone all located in the same place it made for a great atmosphere as people continued to arrive and the chat turned to trail riding and the ale flowed.

aturday saw a blurry eyed start for some (no names), following a night of chatting with old friends and knocking back a few to many glasses of the local brew. Gathering under the shadow of Yeti Racing UK rider Scott Beaumont motorhome all riders were given a free pair of custom SockGuy socks and a beer koozie before heading out up on to the surrounding hills. Joining in with the regular tribe riders were MBUK, Shred and Privateer magazines who had all come along to soak up the atmosphere and feel just what it is like to be a Yeti owner and part of a tribe meeting. The weather reports had been changing hourly but although the skies were on the grey side the odd rainy shower did nothing to wipe the smiles off yeti owners faces as nearly 70 people took to the trails. A few punctures gave a welcome break for riders to catch their breath as long Mynd served up some amazing singletrack descents and long gear grinding climbs to test both man and machine. Highlight of the ride was the descent down Minton Batch which consisted of flowing singletrack, stream crossings and sweeping corners which riders could not fail to enjoy and chuckle about all the way up the next climb. On returning to the pub for a post-ride drink a small studio had been set-up by top photographer Geoff Waugh who documented all attendees and their steeds (as well as tired faces) for the magazines and as the evening closed in, the pub became the hub of activity as the BBQ fired up and a range of retro Yeti bikes were put out on display in the beer garden to enjoy.

Sunday morning was a replica of the previous morning as riders emerged from their beds to regale their stories of the night before and pull on their kit. The main change for Sunday was the switch is location as the groups left the warmth of the pub and headed down the road to the way marked trails of Eastridge for the days ride. A few riders decided to give the Sunday ride a miss but with fresh faces joining the group the Sunday tribe was shaping up nicely. A big shout out must go to the guys at Wight Mountain who had driven over from the Isle of Wight ready for Saturday evening ale and Sunday's ride. As the group took to the trail it was clear that it was to be a wetter ride than Saturday but with the old skool national DH tracks and singletrack it was once again smile all round.

Over the weekend the tribe was lucky enough to be attended by around 100 Yeti owners from all over the country who travelled by train, bus, car and bike to make the gathering which was amazing to see as was the enjoyment people were getting from meeting new people and riding their bikes.

The annual Yeti tribe meeting could not take place without the help of Andrew@Yetifan.com Yetifan.com and Sandy@Leisure Lakes nor without the support of the team at Plush hill, Scott Beaumont and all the riders and owners who attended.

Apologies should go to Liz a The Bridges pub as she is no doubt nursing a sore arm this week form pulling those pints and to everyone who now has to wait a full year for the next UK tribe meeting.

See you next year.

The Silverfish Team

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