Winter Social – 26th November 2018

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

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Steel Valley Ride helping to raise funds for Cut Gate

Steel Valley Ride

The Steel Valley Project, a countryside management charity based in Stocksbridge, is holding a mountain bike challenge on the 14th July 2018.

Covering 31 miles, the route starts from Stocksbridge and goes over Cut Gate before dropping down to the Derwent Valley. It then climbs up to Whinstone Lee Tor and onto the flowing bridleway to Cutthroat Bridge (recently repaired by Moors for the Future), where there will be a feed station. To return to Stocksbridge, the route travels on quiet roads and lesser known bridleways around Strines.

The event aims to raise funds for the Steel Valley Project who are a registered charity working to improve the environment for people and wildlife in north Sheffield and the Dark Peak (including bridleways and public rights of way).

However, this year, 20% of the entry fees will be going directly to the Mend Our Mountains Cut Gate project.

Riders entering the event can also choose to be sponsored, with those raising over £100 for the Steel Valley Project having the option to claim back their entry fee – full details can be found on the event website.

Event partners, Trek Sheffield, have donated a pair of Bontrager Flatline shoes which will be up for grabs in a prize draw for the first 50 entrants. They’re also giving away a free water bottle to everyone participating in the event.

A further donation has been made by Stocksbridge Town Council, meaning that the first 100 entrants will have the opportunity to win a £50 Trek voucher.

Entries for the event are already filling up quickly and with a limited number of places available, the charity recommends that anyone wishing to take part enter soon to to avoid disappointment.

Event organiser, Tom Newman said: “Riders entering the event will be able to enjoy a day of mountain biking across remote moorland, riding technical trails and descents which will satisfy anyone with a thirst for adventure.”

More information on the Steel Valley Ride, including details on how to enter be found at: www.steelvalleyride.wordpress.com

 

 

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Winter Social VII

Happy mountain bikers!

I can’t believe it! Seven Winter Socials? Have we really been going that long?
Once again Ride Sheffield was lucky enough to have a crowd of enthusiastic mountain bikers turn out to hear the latest news, drink fine Sheffield beers, grab some great raffle prizes and prove that they’re sad bike nerds in the quiz.

As usual, we were fortunate enough to have a lot of our greatest supporters in the room including John Dallow from SCC, Danny Udall from the Eastern Moors Partnership, Roy Mosley from Sheffield Wildlife Trust and Mike Sanderson from GoOutdoors. Without these guys, the Sheffield mountain biking community wouldn’t have made the enormous progress it has over the last seven years. Continue reading

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Peaty’s Steel City DH: A Spectators Guide

Peaty’s Steel City DH is a perfectly formed rough diamond is Sheffield’s sporting crown and has been running every spring since 2011. Organised by Peaty (and friends), it takes all the best bits of MTB races that Steve has experienced around the world and puts them into a small woods in Grenoside.

It has become know as ‘the biggest little race in the world’ and for good reason; It is massively popular with racers, selling out in a matter of minute. It allows rippers (aged 11-12) to race the same course as world champions such as Steve Peat and Tracy Moseley, it also boasts one of the biggest fields of female competitors nationally too.

Beyond the racers, there is one aspect that has cemented the races reputation as a must do event nationally and that is the atmosphere. With crowds of over 3000 attending the event, the buzz is second to none.

So if you have not been up to the event before here is all you need to know about planning a trip to the race…. 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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GO Outdoors Grand Opening of ‘Cooking on Gas’ trail at Lady Canning’s

The trails in Lady Cannings exist because of a lot of hardwork by numerous people, Sheffield City Council’s massive support and your contributions which made it possible. However, nothing would have happened without Go Outdoors having the confidence and vision to get behind the project by funding the last part of the Blue Steel Trail and all of Cooking on Gas. To celebrate that success, they will be holding a grand opening on the trail this weekend. Ride Sheffield will be there to chat about this and other projects, but this is Go Outdoors’ big celebration of all things mountain biking as you can read below….. 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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February Trail Day – Greno Woods

Greno3This months trail day will be in Greno Woods on Saturday the 6th. While most of the trails are running pretty well at the moment, there are a few areas that could do with a little tlc to improve drainage etc. We are still waiting on the contractors who did the felling to tidy up the last bit of their work, but as it is too wet for machinery to go in there currently we are just going to have to wait. So there may well be another Greno Trail Day soon. As well as a couple of evening in the run up to the soon to be announced Peaty’s Steel City DH. Continue reading

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Ride Sheffield Winter Social and 5th Birthday

This coming Monday the 30th of November we will be gathering together in the back room of the Lescar for our annual social. This time it will be that little bit more special as we are celibrating five years of Ride Sheffield and thanks to the Adventure Cafe in Hope we will even have a cake to celebrate with!

There are a couple of changes to previous years, firstly it will include the formalities of our AGM that used to happen in the summer (don’t worry we are hoping that this bit should only take about five minutes).

Perhaps more excitingly; as we are celebrating five years of Ride Sheffield. It seems like a good chance to reflect on what we have achieved in the past five years. But we dont want to indulge ourselves too much; More importantly is that we want you to shape what we will do over the next five years. Continue reading

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