Ride Sheffield recently attended a meeting convened by Mike Rhodes, Access and Rights of Way Manager for the Peak District National Park Authority. He had received a number of reports about mountain bikers behaving badly. Continue reading
Many moons ago, I rode the Strines Inn Bridleway that runs up to Derwent Edge. I remember it being a rocky, rutty, technical nightmare which, true to form deposited me on my arse at one point. Continue reading
Here at Ride Sheffield, we’re very hot on Health and Safety so can I ask everyone reading this to put down any hot cups of tea, sharp implements, chainsaws and the like? Last thing we want is any nasty injuries when you hear our news….which is that we’ve just received a donation of £22,500 pounds towards the RADmires project!! Continue reading
Time flies when you are having fun, especially when that fun is beautifully flowing singletrack that is on your doorstep. Growing from a fledgling project that was actually discussed at the very first Ride Sheffield Meeting six years ago, it is now part of the fabric of the city and one of the most used trails in the area!
With almost 14,000 runs down it recorded on Strava, this really only tells part of the story, firstly because that is only one app and a lot of people do not use any form of tracking app at all, so my statistician friends will be able to give me a much higher estimate. But really its not the numbers that are important, its how people feel about the trail and how it has impacted on their riding. Its great that it has provided an access point for more people into the sport, that it offers a place to progress your riding before heading further out into the Peak or into Greno or Wharncliffe. That it has taught us that a little flow in our lives is a great supplement to our gritstone diet. Some of the best things that we have seen up there have been the number of families and kids up on the trail. We have even heard of a few kids using the trail for their birthday parties (which is an improvement on bowling!) Sure we have had a couple of little teething problems, but in general it has been a great first year. Continue reading
Improving access is a big part of what Ride Sheffield is about and we have been very fortunate to have seen a number of rights of way made accessible for mountain bikers in the Sheffield Moors. So it is great to see that British Cycling has got behind the drive to open up countryside paths for people on bikes. Even more heartening is that it has gained support from a number of other outdoor groups including the Sport and Recreation Alliance, Welsh Sports Association, the British Mountaineering Council and the British Horse Society. This may only just be the beginning, but it is something we have been moving towards for a nu,amber of years and is a great leap forward.
The full press release from British Cycling is below….. Continue reading
This just in from Gordon McMinn who’s been introducing a bunch of youngsters to the delights of mountain biking with the help of Sheffield trails – The Kirklees Adventurous Activity Team have recently completed a second 6 week mountain biking project with young people from around Huddersfield, where they have utilised the bridleways and trails of Sheffield. Continue reading
I miss the Fast Show, particularly Paul and Harry’s piss take of the 4×4 fraternity. Two cammo clad numpties explaining the day’s mission, exclaiming “Let’s off road!” and promptly burying their vehicle up to the axles in mud. Continue reading
As well as awesome trails and a great cycling community, Sheffield also has some pretty impressive research going on as well too. Sheffield Hallam’s Centre of Sports Engineering Research are looking for volunteers to take part in a study on body size. It does not take much time and you will get some pretty cool information about yourself at the end of it. For more information read on….. Continue reading
We will be heading up to Lady Cannings tomorrow evening (Monday 20th June) to carry out a little bit of routine maintenance, open up a couple of the full drains and cute back the overhanging branches.
Its all pretty straightforward, low key work, but all help is appreciated, we will be meeting in the car park at 6pm and will be up there for 2-3 hrs before going for a quick pint in the Norfolk Arms. We will be bringing tools, but if you have a spade or a wheelbarrow, it would be worth bringing one along. You may also want to stick some midge repellant in your bag too!
This also means that the trail will be closed from 6pm onwards tomorrow night
Monday 20th June – 6pm – Lady Cannings
The Nutcracker team have been bringing their excellent brand of xc racing to Parkwood Springs for the past 3 years; and their forth visit is just round the corner, next Sunday the 26th of June
it is an excellent race series, with the organisers managing the difficult task of making races that are fun and entertaining for all racers, pleasing beginners and elite athletes alike.
If you haven’t raced before, its a great change to give it a try in a familiar place and on a fun course, if not chances are you will know someone racing so why not come along and encourage/heckle them around the course (it is particularly spectator friendly, with good access points meaning you can see a lot of different spots per lap) Continue reading