Winter Social VII

Happy mountain bikers!

I can’t believe it! Seven Winter Socials? Have we really been going that long?
Once again Ride Sheffield was lucky enough to have a crowd of enthusiastic mountain bikers turn out to hear the latest news, drink fine Sheffield beers, grab some great raffle prizes and prove that they’re sad bike nerds in the quiz.

As usual, we were fortunate enough to have a lot of our greatest supporters in the room including John Dallow from SCC, Danny Udall from the Eastern Moors Partnership, Roy Mosley from Sheffield Wildlife Trust and Mike Sanderson from GoOutdoors. Without these guys, the Sheffield mountain biking community wouldn’t have made the enormous progress it has over the last seven years. Continue reading

Sign up as a supporter!

You’ve all been more than generous when we’ve been fundraising for new build trail projects – Lady Canning’s and Redmires wouldn’t happen without payments from riders and local businesses alike.

We’re now looking at the bigger picture, the longer term and potential for the future. Simply put, we need to look after the trails we have, whether purpose built or the network of bridleways that we’re lucky to have access to in Sheffield. That takes money.

With that in mind, we’re asking for you all to sign up as Ride Sheffield supporters. We have 4 different levels, each of which can be paid in a lump for the year or split into smaller monthly payments. Direct debit from your bank account, or card payments – no bother!

Each year, you’ll get a little thank you – something which can’t be bought elsewhere. Have a look at the details below; Continue reading

Cut Gate – fix the Bog of Doom!

Ride Sheffield has been working closely with Keeper of the Peak and Peak District MTB this year on a Cut Gate project, looking at the possibility of sensitive repair work to the Bog of Doom.  

We’re now pleased to announce that the BMC have included this Cut Gate project in “Mend our Mountains”, a nationwide campaign to raise 1 million pounds for various maintenance tasks across the UK’s National Parks.

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Newsletter signup

In an attempt to better share news, we’ve setup an email mailing list that you can all sign up to.  Our aim is to email roughly once a month – that’ll include our projects, fundraising, dig days and maintenance work and much more. We’re well aware that posting onto our own website, Facebook and Twitter isn’t enough – email is a much better way for us to share our news.

To encourage people to sign up, we’re offering this pair of Smith Squad MTB goggles as a random prize picked from everyone who signs up by our Winter Social on Monday December the 4th. They’ve been signed by Sheffield’s very own Steve Peat – so they’re far from your standard pair!


We’ll be aiming to send an update once a month – you will of course have the option to unsubscribe at any time. We’ll never share your data.

Please sign up below and we’ll draw a winner of the goggles in December and let the lucky person know. Sign up by 4th December to be in with a chance of winning!

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Greno Updates – felling and entrance area

Double Greno news this week after a bit of a break. All the details are below but in short there is some felling to be done in the woods between now and Christmas, it’s pretty much all away from the bike tracks apart from a little around the bomb hole and edge of pub run where some of the trees susceptible to damage in high winds are being removed or protected.

The major felling works are at the north end of the woods away from the bike trails. The map below shows the areas in question.

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Aviva Community Fund

Ride Sheffield is asking riders near and far to support our project for better trail maintenance in and around Sheffield, as part of the Aviva Community Fund.

Our application has made it through the first round and now relies on your votes to increase our chance of winning £25,000 to put our maintenance plan into place.

We’re aiming to establish working groups around Sheffield, with volunteers and Ride Sheffield committee members working alongside each other to improve both purpose built trails and existing rights of way.  We’d like to do this with proper systems in place, with training, tooling, materials all taken care of.

To give your support to Ride Sheffield, please click on the link below.  You can read the details of our maintenance and then vote to give your support!

Ride Sheffield project for the Aviva Community Fund

Please spread the word – the more votes we get, the more chance we have to get through to the final selection!

 

Your trails need you!

Following my funding web piece back in May to highlight the need for ongoing funding for Ride Sheffield (Linked here for those that missed it – http://www.ridesheffield.org.uk/2017/05/money-moola-wonga-wedge/ ) we’ve had a couple of sessions at the Norfolk Arms next to Lady C’s to discuss with individuals and various local businesses how we can all work together to develop a reliable income stream for Ride Sheffield to keep the trails running sweet and further develop mountain bike good times in South Yorkshire and the Peak District. We’ll have one part of it ready to unveil to everyone at the Christmas social meeting in November and the details of that will be rolled out to everyone who can’t make it shortly after. Continue reading