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.

The Cooking on Gas trail at Lady Canning’s plantation – funded by Go Outdoors

We​ ​are​ ​also​ ​on​ ​the​ ​verge​ ​of​ ​beginning​ ​our​ ​next​ ​project​ ​in​ ​Redmires Plantation.​ ​Costing​ ​in​ ​excess​ ​of​ ​£45,000​ ​pounds,​ ​it​ ​will​ ​push​ ​Ride​ ​Sheffield’s ability​ ​to​ ​manage​ ​the​ ​trails​ ​to​ ​the​ ​limit.​ ​We​ ​are​ ​widely​ ​considered​ ​to​ ​be​ ​one​ ​of the​ ​most​ ​successful​ ​mountain​ ​bike​ ​advocacy​ ​groups​ ​in​ ​the​ ​country.

The Blue Steel Trail, also at Lady Canning’s

Therefore,​ ​we​ ​feel​ ​the​ ​time​ ​is​ ​right​ ​to​ ​reach​ ​out​ ​in​ ​a​ ​more​ ​structured​ ​way​ ​to the​ ​business​ ​community​ ​of​ ​Sheffield.​ ​Ride​ ​Sheffield​ ​is​ ​entirely​ ​volunteer​ ​run and​ ​while​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​range​ ​of​ ​skills​ ​represented​ ​in​ ​the​ ​core​ ​group,​ ​it​ ​would​ ​be foolish​ ​not​ ​to​ ​draw​ ​upon​ ​the​ ​wealth​ ​of​ ​talent​ ​present​ ​in​ ​Sheffield’s​ ​outdoor industry.

If you run or manage a local business and think that you can help, then we’d love to invite you to a ​meeting​ ​at​ ​The​ ​Norfolk​ ​Arms, Ringinglow​ ​on​ ​Wednesday Sept​ ​27​th ​2017​ ​at​ ​7.30.

Likely​ ​items​ ​for​ ​discussion​ ​would​ ​include​ ​the​ ​possibility​ ​of​ ​drawing​ ​on​ ​your practical​ ​help,​ ​using​ ​your​ ​influence​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​Sheffield’s​ ​mountain​ ​biking community​ ​to​ ​contribute​ ​and,​ ​maybe,​ ​direct​ ​financial​ ​help.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​very​ ​much the​ ​Outdoor​ ​City​ ​in​ ​action.

Whether your business is directly bike related or not, we welcome all the help you can offer. We​ ​look​ ​forward​ ​to​ ​hearing​ ​your​ ​ideas​ ​and​ ​enjoying​ ​a​ ​convivial​ ​evening​ ​in​ ​the Norfolk​ ​Arms.

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A trip to Manchester…

Ride Sheffield and Peak District MTB have been lucky enough to be included in a really exciting nationwide project organised by the BMCMend our Mountains.  The BMC (British Mountaineering Council) traditionally represented climbers and hill walkers, but are expanding their reach to include other moorland and mountain users, including us mountain bikers!  The BMC have achieved so much as a representative body for the outdoors, fighting for the rights of their huge membership base.  We’re really rather pleased to be involved in their latest project, we as mountain bike advocacy groups have much to learn from them.

Si headed over to Manchester for a meeting with the BMC, along with Chris from Peak District MTB and representatives from across the UK’s National Parks.  Each Park updated the room on their respective projects and we all shared ideas on how best to move forward together.  Together being the key word here, as the BMC pull everyone in the same direction.

Apologies for being a little vague here, we’re holding off on proper announcements until the BMC project goes live in October, but we’re confident that the mountain bike world will be behind us on this one, locally and nationally!

Once the BMC go live, we’ll explain it all in full;

  • What the BMC’s involvement is
  • What our project is and all the other groups we’re including
  • What you can do!

Peak District MTB and Ride Sheffield have fought hard to be included in wider projects like this and it really feels as though we’re turning a corner.  We’re now familiar faces to many other advocacy groups and we’re really driving the point home that mountain bikers can be responsible and hardworking – and that we’re well worth including in the conversation.

Watch this space for the project launch proper, we’ll not keep quiet on this one!

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September Trail Day – Lady Canning’s

To practice what we preach, we’re making sure that the 2 trails at Lady Canning’s get the TLC they need to last well through the Autumn and Winter.  With that in mind, we’ll have another trail day on Saturday 16th September.

We’ll be trimming back some brambles along with a general tidy and check of both trails.  All help is welcome, with no experience necessary in this case.

We’ll be meeting at the car park off Sheephill Road at 9.30am, with an aim to finish in time for lunch.  Please bring rakes and secateurs/trimmers if you can!

If you’re out for a ride around Canning’s on that Saturday, please watch out for those of us working.  We’ll not be closing the trails, so you may find us on either Cooking on Gas or Blue Steel.

 

 

 

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Magic Rock Brewery Bike day – Cut Gate!

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!

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Ride Sheffield Merchandise!

We’ve been selling tees and stickers at various bike shops around the city for a while now, along with manning the merch stand at the Steel City race.

Si at 18 Bikes has now listed tees, stickers and screenprints on the shop website, for folks who want to mail order.  We even have a few prints leftover from the Steel City race that are signed by Steve Peat himself!

All proceeds go to Ride Sheffield funds, none of the shops involved are taking a penny for stocking this merchandise.

You can order Ride Sheffield items using these links;

Ride Sheffield screenprints

Ride Sheffield Womens tees

Ride Sheffield Mens tees

Ride Sheffield Stickers

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Cut Gate Path – Collaboration, Consideration, Conservation, Action?

Ride Sheffield have been working very closely with Peak District MTB to address the issue of the “bog of doom” on Cut Gate.  Mountain bikers seem to get most of the blame for trail erosion, perhaps somewhat unfairly.  We’re keen to show that we want to act responsibly, hence leading the conversation.  Cutgate crosses a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) so we are wanting to start a conversation about the continued conservation of 8,000 years of moorland life and build on best practise in upland path management.

We’ve worked together, supported by the Peak District National Park, Sheffield City Council, Moors for the Future, The Outdoor City, Keeper of the Peak and with support from 18 Bikes and Bike Garage, to produce ‘Cut Gate Path: Collaboration, Consideration, Conservation, Action?’  a call to debate the future of Cut Gate amongst the various groups who use it. Continue reading

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Cut Gate – Collaboration with Peak District MTB

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As we head into Autumn and Winter, a regular topic of conversation on social media and MTB websites is “has anyone ridden Cut Gate recently?” Most of us are aware of the boggy areas over the top, choosing to avoid riding Cut Gate when conditions aren’t suitable. Continue reading

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Rushup Edge – Positive News?

2 years ago, Derbyshire County Council began surfacing works on a trail at Rushup Edge (DCC call this Chapel-en-le-Frith Byway), which were not well accepted by user groups and the local community – mountain bikers included! Works were paused and we’ve not really heard much since. Until now!

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Rushup Edge (photo Simon McIntyre)

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Rushup Edge (photo Simon McIntyre)

The folks at Peak District MTB have been steadily plugging away, pushing Derbyshire County Council for proper consultation and it now seems that their efforts may well have been worthwhile! DCC have recently posted on their website with some updated plans and a link to an online survey as consultation. Continue reading

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