This coming Monday the 30th of November we will be gathering together in the back room of the Lescar for our annual social. This time it will be that little bit more special as we are celibrating five years of Ride Sheffield and thanks to the Adventure Cafe in Hope we will even have a cake to celebrate with!
There are a couple of changes to previous years, firstly it will include the formalities of our AGM that used to happen in the summer (don’t worry we are hoping that this bit should only take about five minutes).
Perhaps more excitingly; as we are celebrating five years of Ride Sheffield. It seems like a good chance to reflect on what we have achieved in the past five years. But we dont want to indulge ourselves too much; More importantly is that we want you to shape what we will do over the next five years. Continue reading
For a while we have looked into the idea of doing some kind of incentive scheme for people who come along to our trail day, but it was something that we could never quite get right, up until now. Sure its nice to be altruistic, not to mention making the trails that you (and others) ride that bit sweeter, but it’s also nice to get a little back in return.
Purveyors of Canadian bicycle goodness Shorelines Distribution have stepped in this year to help out with trail days. They are already making sure that we are fed, watered and looked after on our trail days, they have also come up with an incentive scheme too. Continue reading
The felling work to put in the forest access track has been a little quicker and more substantial than we had been informed and sadly because of the nature of some of the work we are going to have to temporarily close the trail.
While a temporary entrance had been cut in by the contractors to allow access to the trail, it if far below the standard we would expect and it is this temporary access that is causing us some problems. There have been large quantities of the dark organic mud pulled onto the trail as riders have ridden through the temporary access trail, this may not seem like a big problem, but the dark organic soil holds a lot of moisture on the trail, softening it and making it more susceptible to erosion, it also makes the surface more slippery and unpredictable (it is also why it’s not great if you are pushing up through the edge of the trail) Continue reading
While Lady Cannings is a fantastic place to ride you bike, it is also still a working woodland. There have been several phases of logging over the past few years, some of it for ecological reasons to increase the biodiversity, some to get rid of unstable timber and some of it for commercial use (funds from which go to supporting ancient woodland in other parts of the city)
The next couple of phases of trail work in the woods will be completed once the next phase of felling is done. There are also other plans for the woods, including a circuit for horse riders. But the first phase of the felling is about to start in the next week. Continue reading
After getting involved with consultation on the work Derbyshire County Council were doing a couple of years ago on Roych Clough as part of the Pennine Bridleway, we made contact with Karen Turnbull who is the Pennine Bridleway Officer for DCC and a very enthusiastic and helpful contact for us. Although this isn’t really ‘our’ patch, Karen sent us the following email today: