Mat made the cover of the National Kidney Foundation Spring 2014 magazine talking about his preparations for a transplant via the use of a pedal-assist e-bike, made possible with the help of 50cycles.com
Earlier this year Cycling Weekly started a column on Mat, a keen cyclist who suffers from focal segmental glomerulosclerosis – chronic kidney disease. Since they ran the original story Mat’s kidney function has dropped to less than 25 per cent and it is now expected he will have a transplant within a year. Over the coming months, Cycling Weekly online will be following Mat’s journey up to and beyond surgery.
“Although my kidney function has deteriorated I’ve carried on cycling all year,” Mat says. “The weather this summer has been fantastic for riding and I did quite a lot throughout the summer, no specific events but I did go to the Isle of Man to do some mountain biking, which was awesome. There is some great mountain biking to be had over there with stunning views of the coast wherever you are up on the mountain.
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Anyone who has discovered they have a serious chronic disease could be forgiven for retreating into their shell. But some people, like 42-year-old Mat Dibb, prefer to face the problem head-on.
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Nick, Matt, Dane, Pete, Gideon & Patrick headed out from Godalming through Puttenham Common to discover the delights of Crookesbury Hill. By luck we discovered a single track near the top of Crookesbury, after a very steep sandy climb, that took us fast and and undulating through dense rhododendron, which was great fun at speed! Bourne Woods was new to some of the chaps so a tour of some of the drops was in order.
Here’s the 45km route out from Godalming, with a big wiggle around Bourne Woods and back through Hankley, Thursley, and Rodborough Commons.
A fine ride was had, finishing for some with a libation at The Richmond in Godalming.
A great Thursday night ride from The Fleece in Elstead led by James, passing through Thursley and some twisty singletrack to Hankley, Tilford, Bourne Woods and Crookesbury. James had a couple of surprise downs at Hankley which were new for a few of us who thought we knew these trails.
Here’s the route:
More singletrack threw us out at Frensham Little Pond, and then we headed across Pierrepont Home Farm to cross the River Wey at the footbridge at Tankersford Common. It has traditionally been a ford, and Pete decided to test this theory by cycling across! Watch him in action here:
Video: Pete’s river crossing
We then hit Bourne Woods, where we gave them downhills some hell!
More climbs up Crooksbury Hill tested the legs, and the evening shadows made some of the trails a little dark, so Mat whipped out his small headlamp. Nothing in small measures that lad!
Great ride, great workout, and great company back at The Fleece for a beer.
Here’s the video from the record breaking weekend!
Many thanks to Dan at ‘From the Hip Video‘ for the fantastic video & edit.
The Dibbfest team in training!
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Cold and wet, this ride was going to test the men from the boys, but 8 intrepid chaps set off from Milford at a flying pace. Down Moushill Lane and Borough Copse we hit the fast bit of single track along the Hammer Ponds and came out on Thursley Common. Whilst the rain meant that there were deep puddles, slippery tree roots and many inches of slippery mud, there was never any point in not embracing the mud and the wet, and the easiest course was always straight through the middle of the deep puddles.
The generally damp sandy paths of Thursley were a brief respite, except for the gorse scratching the mud off our legs.
As we hit Thursley village the rain started to beat down harder, and Highfield Lane towards the Punchbowl began to flow with muddy runoff. With steamed up glasses removed, and a technique of shaking off the helmet drips to help the vision, it was a relief to complete the climb and for the first time, visit the cafe for a quick muddy coffee.
There was a trail of mud out of the cafe, where we discovered 2 flat tyres, which meant more tube changes in the pouring rain. At this point it was difficult to feel hands or feet. The downhill Highcombe Copse route was still fast, but slowed by some rather determined dog walkers, and also a big fallen tree at the turn out of the National trust area and into the riverbed like ravine. It was more of a paddle to the bottom. Cold wet, but certainly a challenge, and a challenge completed. By the time we eventually got back to Witley we’d clocked up a very cold wet 38km.
A great showing of 11 fit/fat dads, with a decisive route to conquer Hydons Ball and Hascombe Hill. A brisk pace was set out of Milford and across Hydestile woods, through Hambledon and up the side of Hydon’s Ball. What a jovial bunch!
The pace was only slowed by some particularly narrow – and steep – tracks that required some challenging bike carrying. But good team banter helped us all conquer the hills, and made the somewhat treacherous downhills just as interesting!
It was a bright crisp day and the downhill was fast. The route took us over some great trails around Hascombe and Hambledon woods, with a final push through some very waterlogged fields to the White Hart in Hascombe. Just look at the grim determination on their faces!
Those who continued on an extended route up Hascombe Hill Iron Age hill fort enjoyed more mud at the top, and then the fast drop down the side of the hill through the forest to the road and across to Parsonage Copse, some excellent fast up and downhill through Handon Copse and out along the Greensand Way to The Merry Harriers. The 40km route cut through Water Lane, Witley Lakes and finished at Gasden Lane. A beautiful morning’s ride!
A motley crew of Dibbfest riders took to the muddy paths along Enton Lakes and across Hambledon Church bridleways to Hydon’s Ball.
A slow and sludgy 20K ride, with some deep gloopy mud baths meant plenty of chain choke and some frustrated peddling uphill. Of course whizzing across Enton Golf Course is always fun, until the bridleway meets the stream and pretty much becomes a sludge bath!
There were a few fast downhill rides – notably through the juniper woods, and also out of Hascombe woods. We needed the sheer downhill momentum to plough through the mud!