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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November Trail Day – Blacka

Blacka has always been a bit of a November favourite for us, it’s always good to get the trails ready for the winter so they give us some more sustainable riding in the winter and come out looking and riding sweetly in the spring.

Our volunteers have been out on a few midweek sessions recently (give us an email if you fancy being part of the midweek crew), but there’s still lots to do up there.

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Cut Gate – vote for funding!

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!

Click here to vote.

 

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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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