I’m a born optimist, always try to see the best in everyone, yep, bit of a hippy I guess. Continue reading
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.
It’s always a mistake to assume that raising money for a project is the difficult bit and that everything thereafter should be a breeze. We reached our target for RADmires some time ago thanks to the generosity of Ride Sheffield supporters and local businesses and yet the diggers and whacker plates still lie idle. Continue reading
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!
After a little break from our weekend trails day because, well its been rather dry and the trails are in great shape, which means more riding and less trail work.
But after a bit of a late start this year the vegetation has started to grow back a little, making some stretched of Lady Cannings delightful singletrack a little too narrow and single. So its time for a bit of a trim not to mention al bit of general TLC.
We will up at Lady Cannings on Tuesday the 26th of June, meeting in the car park at 6pm and carrying on until about 9 ish, followed by refreshments in the Norfolk arms afterwards. Hopefully we will be rewarded with a beautiful midsummers evening and enough of a breeze to keep the midges at bay! Continue reading
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.
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
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!
What would it take to stop you riding a trail? Given the addictive nature of mountain biking, just how big a red flag would have to be waved to stop you heading out? And who would have to be waving it? Continue reading