After all the heavy rain over the past month, a lot of trails have taken a hammering. Non more so than Devils Elbow on Blacka.
There are fairly substantial plans we are coordinating with the Wildlife Trust and Sheffield RoW team. This will be the first of 2-3 days (2 and 3 will be in the new year)
We will post more up about the plans for the next couple of trail days in due course. But in brief, we will have a large amount of substrate which we will need to get into the right places in the trail as well as making the work as in keeping as possible with the characteristics of the trail. All work will be as sensitive as possible.
We will be reinstating and clearing all the drains to ensure it does not get any worse and improving what we can to make the damaged sections safer and easier to ride and walk through.
We will provide tools and as it’s Christmas, there will be mince pies and hopefully some warming drinks too!
Please come prepared for the work and the weather.
We will confirm which end we will be starting at later in the week.
Help always appreciated. This one will need decent numbers, but the next two will require a lot of help
Saturday December 7th from 1030 am
Mince Pies and other food will be provided – please bring your own water
“Walkers, horse riders, cyclists, however you get around, we all enjoy the beauty and serenity of our wild areas for the same reasons – stunning landscape, wonderful wildlife and fantastic flora. So Be Nice, Say Hi to everyone you meet!”
If you have ever flipped over a Be Nice Say Hi beermat and perused the back of it while you were waiting for your mate to return from the bar, that is what you would have read. It sums up not only how we feel about it, but its supported by the Sheffield Ramblers and Hallam Horse riders (not to mention the Outdoor City and Peak District National Park)
Parkwood is a perennial winter favourite, some may say its even better in the winter than the summer. Whatever your opinion is, it still need a bit of love from time to time. Our friends Bike Track are going to be heading up to the trail to give it a little bit of professional TLC, but to make their life a bit easier and so they can get more of the good stuff, we are going to do a little prep for them on the 12th of October in the from 1pm onward.
We need to do a bit of vegetation clearing as well as a bit of prep work on the trail surface as well as a little bit of a litter pick too.
It has been a great summer again and we have had some pretty prime trail conditions. But lots of prime riding in the dry and dust does tend to cut up the trails a wee bit. But hey, that all part of challenge and as long as we look after things then we get quality riding all year round.
So the time has come to put a little back into Lady Cannings on Sunday 29th September. We will be tidying up the loose material, pulling out the odd rock, a little bit of patching and building up a couple of the berms too and hopefully not too much litter picking.
And a Jam Session I hear you say? Well kind of! After a rather damp and cool start to summer we have a embarrassment of Blackberries and Bilberries lining the trail, so while trying to pick them on live trails is a bit of an extreme sport in itself, we figured we should make the most of closed trails by allowing a bit of fruit harvesting too.
It’s been another good summer for dusty trails this year, but the extra rain we have had has given us a bit of overgrown vegetation. (Parkwood will be sorted by the council team shortly)
So we will be heading upto Lady Cannings next Thursday the 25th for an evening session, cutting back vegetation and tidying up some of the loose sections too. Followed by post work pints in the Norfolk Arms (our sponsors may even buy you one 👊)
Dress appropriately for the work,don’t forget the midge spray and the water.
We will be meeting in the bottom car park on Sheephill Road at 6pm Thursday the 25th of July, or on the trails after 6pm.
Back in the days before our minds were continually melted by a non stop supply of shredits, we used to get the treat of a couple of times a year of heading down to the Showroom with a couple of hundred other riders to watch whatever feature length film was out at the time. As well as a cool communal experience, it was nice to be able to catch up with the MTB community too.
Last year we were treated to the World Premier of Gamble, but that was a rare treat. However we now have a couple of films coming up in the next month, if you like that sort of thing.
First up is The Moment, it’s about the history of free riding and how it has shaped our sport. Check out the trailer below. Its screened by Cycle to the Cinema at Decathlon on the 3rd of July
We were hoping to be up in Greno for our next trail day, but as some of the work up there is a bit more technical and we are not sure how much we will be getting the pro’s into, we thought we would have a little change of plans. We will be up in Greno soon and will be doing some Steel City DH prep in April too. If you have any thoughts on what you would to be seen done up there please let us know.
So for this month we will head up to Lady Cannings. It’s done pretty well this winter, but it could do with a little bit of love to keep things running sweet.
Our first trail day of the year will be on Fox Hagg this coming Saturday the 26th of January.
We will be meeting in the carpark by Rivelin Dams at 10 am and will be out on the trails for approximately 2-3 hrs. The trails are running pretty well, but we want to make sure they are ready for the full onslaught of winter kick is. We will be un-blocking drainage and making sure that the water stays off the trails
We will provide lunch and snacks to keep your energy levels well stocked up provided by our trail day sponsors Bike-Track
Date: 26th January at 10pm
Meet: Rivelin Dams Car Park
Tools Provided (but extras always welcome)
Pleas dress appropriately for the work (especially if in fancy dress), stout boots and warm clothes recommend)
Well its our last trail day of the year and we thought it would be a good idea to have a festive special up in Lady Cannings this coming Saturday the 8th of December.
We will be meeting in the carpark on SheepHill Road at 10 am and will be out on the trails for approximately 2-3 hrs. The trails are running pretty well, but we want to make sure they are ready for the full onslaught of winter kick is. We will be clearing leaf litter, un-blocking drainage, patching the trail and promoting the flow on both trails.
As its Christmas, we will have some delicious mince piece to keep your energy levels well stocked up and our trail day sponsors Bike-Track have kindly agreed to buy you all a mulled wine or a pint (or whatever is your preference) in the Norfolk Arms after the work is completed. Continue reading →
The Winter Social has long been a part of the fabric of Ride Sheffield, it’s a great chance for us to tell you what we have been up-to and what we have planned for the coming year and more importantly, getting your thoughts and feedback on the direction we should be going in. But is also a good opportunity to catch up with friends, have a couple of beers and chat bikes, not to mention win great prizes in the quiz and raffle too.
This year will be our 9th winter social (maybe we need a big party for our 10th birthday next year) and we have been trying to keep things fresh and interesting for you, to make it as enjoyable as possible. So what can you expect this year….? Continue reading →