Cut Gate – an update!

I hope by now that you’ve all heard of our collaborative effort to raise money to repair the Bog of Doom on Cutgate.  While it’s not been much of a bog this summer, once the rain returns, so does the clart!

If you want bringing up to speed then please take a look over here for more details.

We’re now nearly a year into the project, so what’s been going on?  Alongside Ride Sheffield and Peak District MTB fundraising, we’ve had several kind individuals fundraising via their own sponsored rides along with the Steel Valley ride and Peak District MTB raffle. Massive thanks go to everyone who’s given up time to help, volunteered on event days, bought raffle tickets or dug deep and donated to the cause.

Sadly, we’re no where near the full target – around 20% of the way at present.  It’s disappointing, but in a way understandable.  There are a few concerns that seem to pop up, so we’d like to answer those.

A fear of sanitisation.  We’re looking at flag/clapper work over only 70 metres of trail, to encourage one route through the bog. That’s it.

But “they” did this to that trail.   There’s a lot of different “theys”!  This project was led by Ride Sheffield and Peak District MTB in the first place and we’re being involved in discussions throughout the process.  Cut Gate is on Sheffield land, so we can categorically state that Derbyshire County Council are in no way involved.  They’re usually the “they” in cases of inconsiderate works.

Money’s tight.  Yep, no doubt.  As bikers, we don’t usually pay for trail access or repairs.  Perhaps this is the chance to show land owners, land managers, national park bodies and other users groups just how responsible mountain bikers can be.  If we’re seen as the good guys, maybe that will work in our favour in the future?

Help can be in other forms too – can you raise sponsorship somehow?  Push your employer for a donation or some raffle/crowdfunder prizes?  Can you just help spread the work via social media and forums?

We’re open to all suggestions and comments.  As ever, contact us on hello@cutgate.org

If you’re ever wondering about what Cut Gate’s riding like, Keeper of the Peak is a great resource to find real life ride reports for Peak District & Sheffield trails.  Check the website here and the twitter account here.

 

What’s next?

 

The BMC, who are overseeing all 14 Mend our Mountains projects have just launched their Crowfunder – giving great awards when you pledge a donation.

Click here to view the Cut Gate Crowdfunder!

 

 

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Radtax – an update

Back in December 2017, we launched Radtax – a signup for riders to give Ride Sheffield monthly financial support.  Since then, we’ve seen a growing number of people signing up and getting their free stickers, t-shirts and the likes.

To put some figures to it, we currently have;

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Cut Gate Appeal – Raffle time!

Peak District MTB, our partners in the Cut Gate project, have just launched their prize draw raffle to help raise funds for the appeal.

There’s some cracking prizes as demonstrated in this marvellous video!

Cut Gate Raffle from Peak District MTB on Vimeo.

Tickets are just £4 and all proceeds go to the Mend our Mountains Cut Gate project.

Click this link and buy a few tickets ready for the draw at the end of August!

 

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Lady Cannings is open again!

After the recent closure, we’re pleased to announce that both trails at Lady Cannings are both now open again.

Both trails have had a bit of TLC and a tickle with the leafblower to get them as prime as we can.  It’s been wet this week,so that’s not quite as great as we’d hoped.  There’s a few puddles in places, but nothing’s too muddy.

Be aware that given the bank holiday, we expect the woods to be busy – not just with bikers, but walkers and other users too.  Please take care at crossing points, gates and on the shared main trail.

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With ongoing maintenance costs, we need your money more than ever before.  Our new Radtax subscription options mean that you can help us out with £5/£10/£20 a month and got a few freebies to boot.  Have a read of this page and please consider signing up!

 

 

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Sign up as a supporter!

You’ve all been more than generous when we’ve been fundraising for new build trail projects – Lady Canning’s and Redmires wouldn’t happen without payments from riders and local businesses alike.

We’re now looking at the bigger picture, the longer term and potential for the future. Simply put, we need to look after the trails we have, whether purpose built or the network of bridleways that we’re lucky to have access to in Sheffield. That takes money.

With that in mind, we’re asking for you all to sign up as Ride Sheffield supporters. We have 4 different levels, each of which can be paid in a lump for the year or split into smaller monthly payments. Direct debit from your bank account, or card payments – no bother!

Each year, you’ll get a little thank you – something which can’t be bought elsewhere. Have a look at the details below; Continue reading

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Cut Gate – fix the Bog of Doom!

Ride Sheffield has been working closely with Keeper of the Peak and Peak District MTB this year on a Cut Gate project, looking at the possibility of sensitive repair work to the Bog of Doom.  

We’re now pleased to announce that the BMC have included this Cut Gate project in “Mend our Mountains”, a nationwide campaign to raise 1 million pounds for various maintenance tasks across the UK’s National Parks.

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Newsletter signup

In an attempt to better share news, we’ve setup an email mailing list that you can all sign up to.  Our aim is to email roughly once a month – that’ll include our projects, fundraising, dig days and maintenance work and much more. We’re well aware that posting onto our own website, Facebook and Twitter isn’t enough – email is a much better way for us to share our news.

To encourage people to sign up, we’re offering this pair of Smith Squad MTB goggles as a random prize picked from everyone who signs up by our Winter Social on Monday December the 4th. They’ve been signed by Sheffield’s very own Steve Peat – so they’re far from your standard pair!


We’ll be aiming to send an update once a month – you will of course have the option to unsubscribe at any time. We’ll never share your data.

Please sign up below and we’ll draw a winner of the goggles in December and let the lucky person know. Sign up by 4th December to be in with a chance of winning!

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Aviva Community Fund

Ride Sheffield is asking riders near and far to support our project for better trail maintenance in and around Sheffield, as part of the Aviva Community Fund.

Our application has made it through the first round and now relies on your votes to increase our chance of winning £25,000 to put our maintenance plan into place.

We’re aiming to establish working groups around Sheffield, with volunteers and Ride Sheffield committee members working alongside each other to improve both purpose built trails and existing rights of way.  We’d like to do this with proper systems in place, with training, tooling, materials all taken care of.

To give your support to Ride Sheffield, please click on the link below.  You can read the details of our maintenance and then vote to give your support!

Ride Sheffield project for the Aviva Community Fund

Please spread the word – the more votes we get, the more chance we have to get through to the final selection!

 

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Local businesses – can you help Ride Sheffield?

They say you judge someone by the company they keep but, in the case of Ride Sheffield, it’s the companies. In the past seven years we have enjoyed the support of GoOutdoors, Cotic Bikes, 18 Bikes, Alpkit, BikeTrack, Rab, 5.10, Vulcan Engineering, J E James, Norton Mayfield Architects, Avanti Conveyors and a dozen other local and international companies.

As a result, we’ve not only managed to construct hard-wearing, fun trails in Greno Woods and Lady Canning’s Plantation but also maintain them in spite of an astronomical level of use. We’ve also wielded shovels on Blackamoor, the Eastern Moors and Rivelin Valley in order to help land managers such as the Sheffield Wildlife Trust keep their bridleways in top condition. Much of this has been done with volunteer labour but, on occasion, we have had to rely on the professional skills of BikeTrack to cope with bigger projects. This has necessitated some expenditure and recently, Alpkit covered the cost of plant needed to complete a project on Blackamoor while BikeTrack provided a digger driver. This kind of support is invaluable to Ride Sheffield and a public relations bonanza for the company involved.

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