March Trail Day and BBQ: Lady Canning

It’s been great to give Lady Cannings trails a break over the past couple of weeks. It gives them time to rest and recover. Not to mention making it easy to do a little bit of trail work here and there. But nothing beats the solid effort of a trail day.

This time as a little extra thank you to all our diggers/pruners/scrapers/rakers we will be having a bbq to round out the session and to celebrate the start of British Summertime!

We will be heading upto Lady Cannings from 1300 onwards and will be eating about 1600.

We will meet at the car park at 1300 and then after that on the trails (Blue Steel and CoG – the plan is to split into two teams). We will provide tools, but feel free to bring extras (barrows are particularly useful).

While there will be food, you might want to bring water with you. Also please dress appropriately for the work.

All help is greatly appreciated. See you Saturday!

Please bear in mind that the trails will remain closed while we do the work and we will then review the closure after the work has been done and related to the weather forecast.

Details

Location: Lady Cannings

Time: Saturday 24th March 1300 until 1600 (bbq time)

Meet: Lady Cannings car park on Sheephill Rd at 1300 or after that on the trail

Tools all provided (but extra wheelbarrows welcome)

Bbq provided, though you may want to bring your own drinks. Also if you have dietary requirements (vegetarian etc) please let us know.

Please wear clothing/footwear suitable for trailwork

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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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Ride, Chat and Feedback: The RADtax Social

There are always a number of ideas and projects on the go at Ride Sheffield, big and small, long term and short term, but one that has been slowly building over the past eighteen months has been RADtax. This is an idea that is crucial to the long term prospects of successful, sustainable (and growing) mountain biking in Sheffield.

While other ideas may be a bit more exciting or glamorous or have the outcome of a new trail, for example, this has the potential to make a very big positive impact on the riding in the area. However, it is still currently a work in progress and to make sure that it is done in a way that benefits local riders and means that more people want to be part of it, we want your thoughts and feedback on it. 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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All you need to know about the Winter Social

Ride-Sheffield-SocialIts our winter social next Monday the 21st of November, so we thought it was about time to fill you in on a few of the key details for the night. It will be out 6th winter social and traditionally we have always held it in the Lescar, but it has seemed a bit too cramped for the past couple of years, so we will be holding this years event at The Holt, which is a new cafe and creative space in Sheffield. It is in town, so hopefully it will be a bit easier for everyone to get to. If you were wondering “Where is it?“, directions can be found here, but basically it is on Arundel Street, just behind Decathlon. Continue reading

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Winter Social 2016

Photo: Sue Duke

Photo: Sue Duke

Another year has flown by, Ride Sheffield is now six years old, Lady Cannings is one and a bit, RADmires is well on the way to being built, lots of meetings have been attended and mountain biking is even more established as a key part of this Outdoor City.

It also means that it is time for our winter social! So on Monday the 21st of November we will be meeting in The Holt, which is a great new venue in town. For the past couple of years we have been a bit squashed in the Lescar, so we thought it was good to give people a bit more breathing space, it also means we can have a better format, making it a bit easier for you to talk to us and let us know what direction you want us to be going in for the coming year as well as having more time to talk amongst yourselves. Continue reading

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Peaty’s Steel City DH 2016

steelcityDH2016_003Its back, bigger better and quite possibly more baltic than ever before!

“This year’s Steel City Downhill will be awesome. It’s such a great atmosphere for spectators and riders combined – get up there and give the guys a cheer, sample the great food and sink an ale” – Steve Peat

This amazing event sees 300 racers and over 3000 spectators gather in Grenoside woods each year, attracting mountain bike enthusiasts from across the country. The sixth Steel City Downhill, will be bigger and better than ever before. It’s also extra special as it’s Peaty’s last season before his retirement from competing in World Cups. Continue reading

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SHAFF 2016

ShAFF-logo-web header 250While it may currently be rather freezing outside; a sure sign that spring must just be around the corner is the welcome appearance of Sheffield’s much-loved adventure film festival  SHAFF.

There is a quite substantial selection of MTB films this year including Unreal, Rad Company, Reach for the Sky (including a Q&A with the film’s director) and a film from local riders and diggers Clayspades.

As usual there is also an inspiring selection of adventure films and films covering all aspects of adventure sports. There are also other events going on all weekend linked to the festival, including the SHED talks by influential local outdoors folk, business people and athletes.

To whet your appetite here is the trailer for the festival

 

For more information and tickets go to www.shaff.co.uk

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The Magnificent Seven

m7Blessed as we are by hills and cyclists, it’s a wonder that no one has come up with this idea before. Take seven (road) hills in Sheffield, sort out a route between each one and organise an escort for the riders to give them a hassle free route, then at the base of each hill unleash a mass start hill climb with points going to the top 10 riders. Then repeat another 6 times until you find the winner. Sort of an upside down roadie enduro with perhaps a little more suffering.

If that sounds like your thing (and why wouldn’t it) then the information to enter is below. It should also provide an entertaining spectacle for those less inclined to race. It would be great to support an event that is the first of its kind in the UK. Full details follow below Continue reading

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