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!
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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.
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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Well, that’s one way of putting it…. Continue reading
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Mountain biking differs in lots of way to many sports, one of which is our ability to sculpt our playground to create places to ride that compliment the rights of way that give us access to swathes of the countryside.
For some, building trails gives us a deeper connection with the dirt, a better understanding of how things flow, even a closer relationship with nature!
We had a message from a researcher/lecturer at Sheffield Hallam James Cherrington who is looking to talk to mountain bikers who also dig! If this is you and you are interested in helping please get in touch with James.
Full details below……
I am currently recruiting participants to take part in a study around the experiences/motivations of people who build mountain bike trails in England. Specifically, I am really interested in their relationship with nature and dirt, and the tensions that exist between digging and public access.Participants would be required to take part in an informal 30-60 minute interview regarding the issues listed above, which would take place either in person (depending on location) or over the phone, and the identity of anyone involved will remain strictly confidential.As well as being published in academic publications, the contributions made by participants will also contribute to debates about mountain bike access in England, and I am fortunate to have had a great deal of interest from mountain bike advocacy groups who are keen to use this information to improve, preserve and promote access interests for mountain bikers across the country.