Money, Moola, Wonga, Wedge

With the recent opening of the Cooking on Gas trail at Lady Canning’s Plantation and fundraising for the new Radmires trail nearing completion it’d be easy to think that the need to dig deep in to your pockets and down the back of the sofa to help Ride Sheffield create trails was coming to an end, but that is not the case.

The work we have done across Lady Cannings and Radmires will cost a total of around £125k to build. We’ve crowdfunded around £30k of this with the rest coming from various sponsors. At this point massive thanks again go to Go Outdoors, Vulcan Engineering, Cotic Bikes, Norton Mayfield Architects and Avanti Conveyors for all their support. What we have managed to achieve is truly amazing, now the hard work begins.

Now we have to look after all the amazing trails we have built, to keep them running well and to show that we can support them. There are already another couple of potential spots identified for further trail building (we’ll keep schtum about where for now) but the council, as responsible landowners, in these times of austerity have to be sure that not only can we build trails in partnership with them but also that we can maintain them and keep them safe. Unfortunately, the cash-strapped council can’t do a huge amount to help so it will fall to us to do that work.

We will run dig days and volunteer sessions across the trails we build and manage (Lady C, Radmires and Greno) which will help to lessen the burden but with the huge use all of our trails get (to give you an idea an estimated 3,000 runs on Cooking on Gas in the first month alone) some of the work requires plant, manpower and expertise that we cannot provide with bodies alone. We will need to get contractors and plant in to do some of the works and this will cost money, lots of money. 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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April Trail Day: Lady Cannings

We love it, you love it and an awful lot of people ride it! Lady Cannings is certainly seeing a lot of action at the moment, so we thought it best to get up there and give it a little loving to keep it all running sweet…

We will be up there this Saturday, the 22nd of April, from 10am onwards. We will be meeting in the car park on Sheephill Rd and then onwards on the trail.

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Lady Cannings Forestry Work – Closures

12553006_10156382397945058_8900002715802617600_nWhile we have know about the planned felling works in Lady Cannings for a while, we have only just received info on when this is going to be.

The trail will be closed from Monday 24th October for approximately a month

Once there work has been done, Bike Track will be in straight away to carry our reinstatement works on any part of the track that is impacted on by the felling (we expect a couple of crossings of the trail but have been promised that it will be kept to a minimum)  Continue reading

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October Trail Day – Lady Cannings

cannings 1After a great summers riding, it is time to start looking towards making sure things are looking in good shape moving into winter, so we are back into trail day season. we will be starting off up at Lady Cannings this Saturday the 8th at 10am

While it has weathered amazingly well, there are a few jobs that we would like to get done to keep its running prime. Nothing to taxing, just a little raking, and patching (barrowing and spade work) but the more people that turn up the more that we should be able to get done. Continue reading

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Trail Days – Autumn/Winter

cannings 2With this seasons fashions starting off with an attractive golden orangey brown look, eventually letting the browns, blacks and greys have their moment in (out) of the sun. So we thought it was probably best that we re commence with our trail days to make sure that the trail keep running sweetly and as sustainably as possible.

We will post up full information on each of the trail days as they come around. But for now here are the dates for your diary….. Continue reading

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Lady Cannings – Forestry Work

cannings 1You may well have seen some signs up on site at Lady Cannings about some forthcoming forestry works. So we thought we better fill you in with a little more information .

The felling works are expected to begin at the start of October and the duration will be a little weather dependant. We will post up again when we have precise details about what is going on. But for now here are the important bits that you need to know….. Continue reading

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Lady Cannings Trail Evening

cannings 1We will be heading up to Lady Cannings tomorrow evening (Monday 20th June) to carry out a little bit of routine maintenance, open up a couple of the full drains and cute back the overhanging branches.

Its all pretty straightforward, low key work, but all help is appreciated, we will be meeting in the car park at 6pm and will be up there for 2-3 hrs before going for a quick pint in the Norfolk Arms. We will be bringing tools, but if you have a spade or a wheelbarrow, it would be worth bringing one along. You may also want to stick some midge repellant in your bag too!

 

This also means that the trail will be closed from 6pm onwards tomorrow night

Details

Monday 20th June – 6pm – Lady Cannings

 

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June’s Trail Day – Blacka

2011 Oct 01 014editThis month for our trail day we will be teaming up with Sheffield Wildlife Trust to help with some of their work on Blacka.

We may also have a couple of impromptu evening trails sessions, which we will post up on the Facebook.

Full details below….

The next volunteer work day is on Saturday 4th June and we will be installing some of the new Finger and Waymarker posts and carrying out some maintenance work on the cross drains on the Bridleway going down to Strawberry Lee Lane car park.

We will bring gloves, tools and refreshments as usual but please remember to wear rough clothes, sturdy footwear and bring waterproofs, sun cream, lunch and water. I’ve haven’t spotted any midges yet but you might want to bring some repellent just in case.

I will be running the session so please can you meet me at in the usual place, Stony Ridge Car Park car park (SK 29581 80251) at 10am. Please ring me on 07964745451 if you arrive after 10am and need to find me.

Thanks Hannah

Please not that we will not be providing lunch for this one. But please email us if you attend so we can update the incentive  scheme, as a lot of people have been to quite a few days so far!

 

 

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