There are always a number of ideas and projects on the go at Ride Sheffield, bug and small, long term and short term. But one that has been slowly building over the past eighteen months has been RADtax. This is an idea that is crucial to the long term prospects of successful, sustainable (and growing) mountain biking in Sheffield.
While other ideas may be a bit more exciting or glamorous or have the outcome of a new trail for example; this has the potential to make a very big positive impact on the riding in the area. However it is still currently a work in progress and to make sure that it is done in a way that beat fits local riders and means that more people want to be part of it, we want your thoughts and feedback on it. Continue reading
Lady Cannings had been bedding in nicely over the past few months, but everywhere needs a little tlc to keep it running sweetly.
We will be heading upto Lady Cannings next Tuesday evening (25th July) to do a little basic maintenance work. As the trail is in pretty good shape, we will be mainly clearing out drains, sweeping/raking any loose material and trimming back a few unruly bits of vegetation too.
We will be meeting in the car park (off Sheephill Road) at 6.30pm.
We will provide tools, but if you have brooms, rakes or secateurs please bring them with you (and dress appropriately for the work)
Following a post on the Facebook page we’ve been in touch with the Forestry Commission to get some more information about the felling work planned for Wharncliffe over the next 2-3 months. They’ll be thinning (not clear felling) large areas of the woods (shown in green on the maps) and while they do there will be various restrictions on access. If you’re riding in the woods please take notice of the closures as they are in place to keep everyone safe.
The FC can’t give any more information about when they’ll be in which areas as it will depend on various factors and they may be in several sections at once.
Magic Rock, a brewery in Huddersfield have asked Ride Sheffield along to their Bike Day – this Sunday 9th July.
The event is at their Tap House in Huddersfield, full details here. Doors open around 12 and it’ll all wind down around 7pm. There’s several talks and exhibits, plus top notch food and beers!
Si will be presenting the Cut Gate project that he’s been involved with alongside Peak District MTB, Keeper of the Peak and many other groups. He’ll explain how and why Cut Gate was selected as a project, how that project has progressed and the plans for the future regards sorting out the Bog of Doom. With all this in mind, there’ll be several ways to help us kickstart the fundraising for Cut Gate, but more about that on the day!
Helping with the Cut Gate presentation will be Dave and Sim from Radventure. They’ve put some great work into photos to run as a background during the talk and will be helping to make sure Si doesn’t babble on to much. The photo background should help remind people of Cut Gate, or teach those who’ve not ridden there what it looks like on the ground.
Magic Rock have put a great amount of effort into the day, which will also include photo slideshows, a decorated Giro helmet exhibition (which go as prizes in the raffle!) a talk from Richpips and Tom, plus plenty more from other exhibitors. Click here to see the full programme.
It’s an informal and social event, so please come by and support!