BAF festival this weekend – MTB films on the big screen


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Just a quick reminder that the second Buxton Adventure Festival kicks off this weekend at the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton Opera House in the Peak District with 10 incredible speakers coming from all over the UK and further afield to talk about their expeditions and experiences. Loads for cyclists – with speakers on Saturday and Sunday including:
10.30am Extreme Mountain Bike Stunt Show for Young Adventurers
5.30pm Saturday The fastest woman to cycle round the world, Juliana Buhring;
8pm Saturday – Olympic Mountain Biker Annie Last on stage talking to British Cycling’s Nik Cook
Followed by UK Premiere of Anthill Films Arrival in a double bill with NotBad.
12.30pm Sunday – 3 Peaks CycloCross winner & ultra-runner Heather Dawe
8pm Sunday – Jason Lewis who travelled round the world by human power, including bike.
Programme at a glance here:

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The Roych – It’s going to be OK!

Last week we had a fair number of upset comments on the Facebook group about photos of The Roych being dug up and maintained. This was mainly because it involved Derbyshire County Council and the dread spectre of iconic sections of trail being motorway’d a la Stanage and Wigley Lane got feelings running high.

So, Sue and John contacted DCC and quite out of character actually got a reply! Karen Turnbull is the project officer and offered a site visit. Yesterday (24th October) me, plus John and Tom from Vertebrate Publishing went at met Karen on site.

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Sheffield Cycle Jumble – Saturday 19th October

Sheffield Bike Jumble is a bi-annual event that gives you the chance to make a bit of money from the kit you don’t need any more, or pick up some of those essentials on the cheap. It’s on this Saturday at St. Mary Church. If you are interested in a table, there are still a couple left, so get in touch with Mark on 07595 666370 if you are interested.

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Mountain Biking 101 at Thornbridge Hall

imagesCAE64SSGWe are big fans of A Line Coaching over here at Ride Sheffield and not just because of the expertise that they have leant to our trail design. Coaching is becoming more and more prevalent and for good reason; it’s the best way to buy yourself better, faster, safer and happier. So if you want to give it a try, A Line are running a couple of courses at Thornbridge Hall.
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Coffee and Cake in Ecclesall Woods

3557240_08a0ff0eOne of mountain biking’s undeniable joys is the mid or post ride cake stop; and while we are well served further out in the Peak and in town, there are not too many places to stop on the way back into Sheffield from those more local rides.

But for those folks who end travel back in via Ecclesall Woods, there is now more than  just ancient woodland to keep you happy. At the rather lovely JG Graves Woodland Discovery Centre they are now serving fresh coffee and home-made cakes on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With good covered and open outdoor seating, it a good place to round off the ride in a relaxed setting.