March Trail Day – Lady Cannings

cannings 1This months trail day will be in Lady Cannings on Sunday the 6th of March. After the temporary closures of the trail because of the logging work and then due to the record levels of rain this winter, we are just about ready to re open the trail. All that is needed is to give the trail a bit of a tidy up and it will be ready to go. So on Sunday we will be after people to come along and move the logs off the trail, clear up the windblown debris and to make sure the trail corridor is still looking good and then it will be all sweet and ready to take riders again.

The trail will be formally checked on Monday, so please do not ride it until Monday evening. But beyond that enjoy getting reacquainted.  Continue reading

Lady Cannings Latest

IMG_5647 3Its been a tough first year for Blue Steel, Lady Canning’s first trail. After a cracking start of warm summer nights and multiple laps in a lush (and midge filled wood) followed by crisp and dry night laps, or as a nice dry option as the winter crept onwards. Or even just a chance to find (and refine) your flow.

But after being hit by trees felled in the wrong direction, the trail opened for another month before the onslaught of the wettest winter on record, that raised the water table to a level where we ended up with a couple of springs in the trail, meaning that we had to ultimately close it to preserve the trail and for rider safety. Continue reading

RADmires – The Story So Far

If the money keeps rolling in, we'll soon be opening RADmires!

If the money keeps rolling in, we’ll soon be opening RADmires!

Thanks to everyone’s efforts, the RADmires fund is already up to just under £7000! The Winter Social was a tremendous success raising £1800 in one night and since then donations via Paypal and bank transfer have continued at a steady pace. We’ve also received a big boost with a major contribution from Cotic bikes swelling the coffers by over £2000.  Continue reading

Lady Cannings Update

12553006_10156382397945058_8900002715802617600_nLast Friday on a beautifully sunny lunch break, we took a trip up to Lady Cannings for a quick catch up with Bike Track and Jon Dallow.

The first bit of business was to look at the existing track and to see how it was doing. You’ll be please to know that the majority of the track was looking pretty fine in the winter sun. However the handful of spots that had springs in were still a little soft, but an improvement on last week and after a dry few day should be even better now. As well as quick wander of the trail, Bike Track walked us through the new start, which looks great (the newly vented woods might even be a bit easier on the midges in the summer too!) Continue reading

Lady Cannings Trail Closed

image1The felling work to put in the forest access track has been a little quicker and more substantial than we had been informed and sadly because of the nature of some of the work we are going to have to temporarily close the trail.

While a temporary entrance had been cut in by the contractors to allow access to the trail, it if far below the standard we would expect and it is this temporary access that is causing us some problems. There have been large quantities of the dark organic mud pulled onto the trail as riders have ridden through the temporary access trail, this may not seem like a big problem, but the dark organic soil holds a lot of moisture on the trail, softening it and making it more susceptible to erosion, it also makes the surface more slippery and unpredictable (it is also why it’s not great if you are pushing up through the edge of the trail) Continue reading

Lady Cannings Felling Work

RideSheffieldHeaderLadyCanningsWhile Lady Cannings is a fantastic place to ride you bike, it is also still a working woodland. There have been several phases of logging over the past few years, some of it for ecological reasons to increase the biodiversity, some to get rid of unstable timber and some of it for commercial use (funds from which go to supporting ancient woodland in other parts of the city)

The next couple of phases of trail work in the woods will be completed once the next phase of felling is done. There are also other plans for the woods, including a circuit for horse riders. But the first phase of the felling is about to start in the next week. Continue reading

Lady Cannings: It’s your trail, name it!

Photo: Richard Baybutt

Photo: Richard Baybutt

It’s now 3 months since the trail in Lady Cannings opened and we hope that you remain as blown away by it as we are. From the grand opening, the joy of the first ride (and how it keeps on getting better the more you ride it) and most importantly the feedback from you on how much you love the trail. It’s great to know that it is as good a ride for toddlers on their first ride as it is for Olympian’s and former World Champions!

But the best thing about Lady Cannings is that it is there because of the generosity and hard work of the riding community. We really can’t thank you enough for making it possible for Bike Track to deliver such an awesome trail in Sheffield City Council’s woodland. Not only does it mean we have a great bit of trail, your crowd funding brought in Go Outdoors who will very generously make the full loop  a reality. Not only that but it provides a template for what can be achieved not only in different parts of the city, but the country too. Continue reading

Lady Cannings Trail is now open

Photo: Richard Baybutt

The wait is finally over! This Tuesday Steve Peat and Annie Last joined Ride Sheffield, Go Outdoors and friends to officially open the Lady Cannings Trails on the edge of Sheffield. From the cutting of the ribbon to well past sunset it was then  christened by the riders who have all dug into their pockets to raise over fifteen thousand pounds; making the UK’s first ever crowd funded trail a reality. And given the buzz up on the trails it has been a resounding success! Continue reading

Lady Cannings – Opens Tuesday!

RideSheffieldHeaderLadyCanningsThe wait is finally over! Our crowd funded trail – the first ever
funded this way – is built and nearly ready for riding. A HUGE
thankyou to all of you who dug deep and handed over some cash for the
trail. The crowd funding element raised OVER FIFTEEN THOUSAND POUNDS
which is a huge achievement. Continue reading

Lady Cannings Update May 2015

More than a few weeks radio silence on Lady Cannings again, for which I can only apologise. A couple of bumps in the road towards getting the trails built, plus most people involved also working towards putting Steel City DH has meant another small delay.

Current status is that the trail is planned and marked on the ground, and Sheffield City Council (SCC) planning permission has been granted. The machines were due to go on site in mid-April, but unfortunately right at the last the Peak District National Park Authority added their own planning consultation on top. It’s pretty frustrating given that they’ve known about this for a long while, but by the same token no one has built a purpose built MTB trail in the Park before so we are also breaking new ground both physically and metaphorically. This additional process resulted in there needing to be some more extensive archaeological assessments done (on top of what Sheffield City Council had already commissioned), but the mighty Jon Dallow of SCC Woodlands has got the work sorted and had a positive meeting with the Peak Park. All of us at Ride Sheffield can’t stress enough what a legend Jon has been in steering this project through all the approvals processes.

The upshot is that we do actually have a firm dates for works commencing, with Biketrack heading into the woods on 18th May for about 4 weeks. We’re aiming to open in early July depending on the weather. As any of you who have followed the Steel City track upgrade and Bolehills renovations will know, surfacing needs time to bed in and harden, particularly if wet, so let’s see what the weather brings us in June. Other good news is that Jordan Gould of Biketrack has said that he’s especially positive having seen how well the work at Greno went, given that the on site materials to be used are so similar, so that’s great.

So once again, we beg your patience just a short while longer. Massive thanks to Jon Dallow, Jordan Gould and to our ever generous sponsor Go Outdoors for all being so helpful and understanding in getting through to the build.

One last thing; we’re going to hold a big thank you/opening party for everyone who’s funded the trail in early July. Keep an eye out for a firm date announcement as soon as we have a good idea what’s happening with the build.