As discussed with Rich, Ben and Pod on Saturday, Steve Sordy is arranging an mbr forum ride at Sherwood Pines. It will be off-piste and guided by Steve.
I’ve agreed to be the second guide, which means I’ll probably be the last rider, on sweeper duties.
If it goes to plan, then some of the waiting will be done in areas where riders can session various features and improve their skills!
Sunday 9th June, ready to ride at 10:30am. Postcode is NG21 9JL. Parking is £4 for all day.
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The view from Cragg Quarry towards Rawtenstall
**UPDATED** Due to popular demand, date changed to 6th July
Ride at Lee Quarry and Cragg Quarry. Here’s the plan:
- Meet up in Bacup at the Futures Business Park (post code OL13 OBB) at 10am-ish
- Set off riding by 10.30am
- Ride uphill and go straight through LQ to CQ (its about three miles all uphill from Bacup to the top of the moors)
- Ride the singletrack at CQ for a couple of loops, plus some interesting off piste stuff
- Descend to LQ at speed, hitting as many of the drop offs as we can on the way
- Ride round LQ and take in some of the short routes there
- Descend to Bacup and the burger van at Futures Business Park
Let me know if you are interested.
Intended to be a week of riding in sunny Spain the weather didn’t always play ball but the riding certainly did.
Just a short report as all the great singletrack (and big climbs) kinda blur in to one.
To get a feel for the riding check out the photos and videos.
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Just a quick reminder about the trip to Cannock on Saturday – meet at Birches Valley visitor centre at between 10 – 10.30am. Hoping that the sun will make a reappearance – think the plan is to ride some of the more traditional natural stuff, retire to the cafe and eat cake! Who’s coming?
Pod & Rich get famous!
I am home alone on the weekend on July 20/21st and wondered if anyone might be interested in coming to visit for a couple of days riding in the Peak District and a sample of Matlock nightlife! Well, the pub up the road, anyway…
Could potentially do an evening ride locally on the Friday, then a longer ride up in the Hope Valley area on Saturday followed by a blast round the best of the riding in the Chatsworth/Bakewell area. We’ve got three bedrooms, plus a couple of large sofas in two other rooms, so there is plenty of space, and room for bikes to be locked up. If anyone’s interested I’ll add it to the calendar – let me know!
As Struan put it the “near biblical” consditions made Tour O’ The Borders something of a war of attrition. The forecast had been for improving weather during the day but that gave no indication of what the weather would be improving from…
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Big berms ahoy on the the blue
In the last few weeks the new trails at Swinley have been reopened after a winter of muddy trail building, there are now a Green, Blue and Red graded trails awaiting visitors to Bracknell forest, with a downhill and freeride section being added at some point.
After a manky winter I was quite happy to ponder over and see what the new trails had to offer, first week or so back I had a bash at the Blue. read the rest of Swinley mark II »
Sparkly new Meta SX
Having collected a number of discounted bits since last summer including amongst others a new Meta SX frame, Fox 34 fork, Sram drivetrain it was time to find out how the recently built new Meta would ride. As the build was more on the gravity side it was decided to take a trip to Stile Cop at Cannock for a blast round the downhill trails.
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cathy on singletrack in the sun
With only a couple of weeks before we head off to Spain I thought it would be good to start getting sorted and look at some nice sunny pictures whilst it is ocld and grey outside.
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Planning the ride at the Forest of Dean the other week, I spent a little while trying to find other trails to ride from the route we usually do, which led me to the Dowies trail and the defunct Lawnmower. One of my search results for trails brought me to Strava, where you can see different bits of trails that folk have ridden, with times taken, etc. Nothing new there to most, but frustratingly I couldn’t download the trails found to put into Memory Maps and plot a route to print out.
However, a little further investigation has led me to find this: http://cosmocatalano.com/strava/export/index.html where a kind chap has created a little function to convert trails from Strava into GPX files, which you can then view in Memory Map or whatever. This seems like a great way to find some of those secret trails that you hear about but can’t locate, in my case a couple of cracking singletrack sections that I added on yesterday to the Ashover loop I can do from the door. Yet another way to waste hours of your time on the internet!!