March Trail Day and BBQ: Lady Canning

It’s been great to give Lady Cannings trails a break over the past couple of weeks. It gives them time to rest and recover. Not to mention making it easy to do a little bit of trail work here and there. But nothing beats the solid effort of a trail day.

This time as a little extra thank you to all our diggers/pruners/scrapers/rakers we will be having a bbq to round out the session and to celebrate the start of British Summertime!

We will be heading upto Lady Cannings from 1300 onwards and will be eating about 1600.

We will meet at the car park at 1300 and then after that on the trails (Blue Steel and CoG – the plan is to split into two teams). We will provide tools, but feel free to bring extras (barrows are particularly useful).

While there will be food, you might want to bring water with you. Also please dress appropriately for the work.

All help is greatly appreciated. See you Saturday!

Please bear in mind that the trails will remain closed while we do the work and we will then review the closure after the work has been done and related to the weather forecast.

Details

Location: Lady Cannings

Time: Saturday 24th March 1300 until 1600 (bbq time)

Meet: Lady Cannings car park on Sheephill Rd at 1300 or after that on the trail

Tools all provided (but extra wheelbarrows welcome)

Bbq provided, though you may want to bring your own drinks. Also if you have dietary requirements (vegetarian etc) please let us know.

Please wear clothing/footwear suitable for trailwork

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Lady Cannings Closures

In discussion with Sheffield City Council we are aware the trails at Lady Cannings are have had a tough wet and soggy winter, not to mention a lot of snow and frozen weather and the unseasonably big thaw that followed last week and then the near flooding we have had today and forecast for more….
 
For this reason there will be a short term annual closure of both Blue Steel and Cooking on Gas Trails within Lady Cannings over the next few weeks to reduce impact and keep the trails sustainable.
Therefore the trails will be closed until the 25th of March (we will review at this point)

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Trail Builders Wanted for Research Project

Mountain biking differs in lots of way to many sports, one of which is our ability to sculpt our playground to create places to ride that compliment the rights of way that give us access to swathes of the countryside.

For some, building trails gives us a deeper connection with the dirt, a better understanding of how things flow, even a closer relationship with nature!

We had a message from a researcher/lecturer at Sheffield Hallam James Cherrington who is looking to talk to mountain bikers who also dig! If this is you and you are interested in helping please get in touch with James.

Full details below……

I am currently recruiting participants to take part in a study around the experiences/motivations of people who build mountain bike trails in England. Specifically, I am really interested in their relationship with nature and dirt, and the tensions that exist between digging and public access.Participants would be required to take part in an informal 30-60 minute interview regarding the issues listed above, which would take place either in person (depending on location) or over the phone, and the identity of anyone involved will remain strictly confidential.As well as being published in academic publications, the contributions made by participants will also contribute to debates about mountain bike access in England, and I am fortunate to have had a great deal of interest from mountain bike advocacy groups who are keen to use this information to improve, preserve and promote access interests for mountain bikers across the country.

j.cherrington@shu.ac.uk

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January Trail Day: Lady Cannings

To get the year off to a good start, we thought it was time to get back into our monthly trail days.

We will be heading upto Lady Cannings from 1230 onwards to give the trails a little tlc.

While the trails in Lady C’s are holding up pretty well at the moment, there are a couple of spots that are getting a bit of hammer and off trail excursions that we would like to get sorted to make sure things run sweetly into spring.

We will meet at the car park at 1230 and then after that on the trails (Blue Steel and then CoG). We will provide tools, but feel free to bring extras (barrows are particularly useful).

Snacks are provided courtesy of Shorelines but you might want to bring water with you. Also please dress appropriately for the Work.

All help is greatly appreciated. See you Saturday!

Please bear in mind that the trails will be closed while we do the work.

Details

Location: Lady Cannings

Time: Saturday 6th January 1230 until 1600

Meet: Lady Cannings car park on Sheephill Rd at 1230 or after that on the trail

Tools all provided (but extra wheelbarrows welcome)

Snacks provided, though you may want to bring your own drinks

Please wear clothing/footwear suitable for trailwork

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Cycle September

You may have seen a few things around town about Cycle September that is being organised by Love to Ride? You may be wondering why you should take part? More info is below…. But basically one of the biggest problems when lobbying for better infrastructure and facilities for cyclists is a lack of data that can be used. By taking part, not only do you get a chance to take part in a fun event, you can also generate useful data that makes things better for cyclists in Sheffield. register your workplace and you will also have the bonus of being able to show your employers the number of cyclists, which is useful in sorting better facilities for those that ride, such as storage and shower.  So what are you waiting for?….. Continue reading

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Ride, Chat and Feedback: The RADtax Social

There are always a number of ideas and projects on the go at Ride Sheffield, big 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 benefits local riders and means that more people want to be part of it, we want your thoughts and feedback on it. Continue reading

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July Trail Evening – Lady Cannings 

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 up to 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).

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Peaty’s Steel City DH: A Spectators Guide

Peaty’s Steel City DH is a perfectly formed rough diamond is Sheffield’s sporting crown and has been running every spring since 2011. Organised by Peaty (and friends), it takes all the best bits of MTB races that Steve has experienced around the world and puts them into a small woods in Grenoside.

It has become know as ‘the biggest little race in the world’ and for good reason; It is massively popular with racers, selling out in a matter of minute. It allows rippers (aged 11-12) to race the same course as world champions such as Steve Peat and Tracy Moseley, it also boasts one of the biggest fields of female competitors nationally too.

Beyond the racers, there is one aspect that has cemented the races reputation as a must do event nationally and that is the atmosphere. With crowds of over 3000 attending the event, the buzz is second to none.

So if you have not been up to the event before here is all you need to know about planning a trip to the race…. Continue reading

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May Trail Days: Greno

This month we will be heading up to Greno for our trail days. While the trails are pretty hardwearing and a little rougher than some, they still benefit from a little tic here and there. We will be starting in the Bombhole to make sure it is all looking good for Peaty’s Steel City DH and them working on the Steel City Track before doing a few jobs on the other trails (time permitting) Continue reading

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