Earlier this month, I was writing to ask you all to cast your votes for Cut Gate – which was one of the contestants for an EOCA funding grant.
Moors for the Future, who are one of the lead partners on our Cut Gate project, have successfully applied for a funding award from EOCA – which could top the pot up to the tune of a whopping £35,000!
All it takes is a quick click of the link, scroll to the bottom and VOTE FOR CUT GATE!
Please spread this around, make sure that your riding mates, friends, family, pets all get their vote in!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
The BMC, who are overseeing all 14 Mend our Mountains projects have just launched their Crowfunder – giving great awards when you pledge a donation.
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;
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!
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!
Many of you will be aware of the ongoing saga over the hill at Rushup Edge, where Derbyshire County Council have paused works after mountain bikers protested on site back in 2014. DCC stopped their work and the trail has been closed since, officially anyway.
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.
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!
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
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.
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!