May Trail Days: Greno

This month we will be heading up to Greno for our trail days. While the trails are pretty hardwearing and a little rougher than some, they still benefit from a little tic here and there. We will be starting in the Bombhole to make sure it is all looking good for Peaty’s Steel City DH and them working on the Steel City Track before doing a few jobs on the other trails (time permitting) Continue reading

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GO Outdoors Grand Opening of ‘Cooking on Gas’ trail at Lady Canning’s

The trails in Lady Cannings exist because of a lot of hardwork by numerous people, Sheffield City Council’s massive support and your contributions which made it possible. However, nothing would have happened without Go Outdoors having the confidence and vision to get behind the project by funding the last part of the Blue Steel Trail and all of Cooking on Gas. To celebrate that success, they will be holding a grand opening on the trail this weekend. Ride Sheffield will be there to chat about this and other projects, but this is Go Outdoors’ big celebration of all things mountain biking as you can read below….. Continue reading

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Guess Who’s Back?

Yes, the question that has been on a lot of peoples lips since last November can now be answered!

Lady Cannings, Blue Steel trail has finally reopened!

While it has taken a little while longer than even we expected to have the trail reopened, we have had to battle with much greater damage to the trail by the foresters than we had expected, coupled with a very wet January and February, not to mention a couple of substantial storms that have left downed trees and hung up branches everywhere. So, all things considered, to us it feels like a result to have it opening now. Continue reading

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Cut Gate Path – Collaboration, Consideration, Conservation, Action?

Ride Sheffield have been working very closely with Peak District MTB to address the issue of the “bog of doom” on Cut Gate.  Mountain bikers seem to get most of the blame for trail erosion, perhaps somewhat unfairly.  We’re keen to show that we want to act responsibly, hence leading the conversation.  Cutgate crosses a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) so we are wanting to start a conversation about the continued conservation of 8,000 years of moorland life and build on best practise in upland path management.

We’ve worked together, supported by the Peak District National Park, Sheffield City Council, Moors for the Future, The Outdoor City, Keeper of the Peak and with support from 18 Bikes and Bike Garage, to produce ‘Cut Gate Path: Collaboration, Consideration, Conservation, Action?’  a call to debate the future of Cut Gate amongst the various groups who use it. Continue reading

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Ride Sheffield Winter Social Goes Down A Storm

The Ride Sheffield Winter Social at a new venue and the weather decides to come over all biblical. Will anyone turn up?

I guess we really should have more faith. The Sheffield mountain biking community isn’t going to be put off by head high floods on Abbeydale Road, they love a challenge. So much so that something like a hundred hardy souls made it to The Holt which, thankfully, catered admirably to the gently steaming horde as they dried out prior to the meeting proper.

Fortified with chilli and a refreshing pint of Magic Rock, everyone tuned in as Henry Norman outlined just how much Ride Sheffield volunteers have achieved in the last year and big plans for the future. Continue reading

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Sheffield Ski Village Rises Again?

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The almost finished bridge at the end of Eh Up Line!

It’s been almost five years since Sheffield Ski village was burned to the ground. While a little rough around the edges and certainly a little past its prime, it still provided a haven for Sheffield’s snow sports lovers, not to mention providing a testing ground for a few Olympians in the process too. Flying somewhere under the radar was the plans to development mountain biking on the site too (with the hope that it would compliment the XC loop being built at Parkwood) Continue reading

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Lady Cannings – Closure Updates

15401073_942447955886644_2239604080650855017_nSometimes things don’t always go to plan! Having Lady Cannings back up and running before Christmas would appear to be one of those things I’m afraid. Sorry!

With a promise that the foresters would be our of the woods by the beginning of December and reinstatement works penned into start this week have unfortunately sailed past us without any action. Not to mention that the trail and the woods have had more damaged caused to them that was planned for has meant that things have been pushed back even further!

So where is the good news?

Well it can’t all be bad can it! We will be rolling into 2017 with a fresh start and Bike Track will be on the ground to start the reinstatement, full of mince pies, fired up and ready to go! There will be a full and substantial reinstatement of the Blue Steel Trail as well as the Bridleway too. Once this is done they will be rolling into starting work on sections 2 and 3 of the Go Outdoors funded Lady Cannings loop (and may well even be delivering Lady C a sibling on the other side of the hill too later in the year!) 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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Cut Gate – Collaboration with Peak District MTB

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As we head into Autumn and Winter, a regular topic of conversation on social media and MTB websites is “has anyone ridden Cut Gate recently?” Most of us are aware of the boggy areas over the top, choosing to avoid riding Cut Gate when conditions aren’t suitable. Continue reading

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Lady Cannings is One!

Photo: Richard Baybutt

Photo: Richard Baybutt

Time flies when you are having fun, especially when that fun is beautifully flowing singletrack that is on your doorstep. Growing from a fledgling project that was actually discussed at the very first Ride Sheffield Meeting six years ago, it is now part of the fabric of the city and one of the most used trails in the area!

With almost 14,000 runs down it recorded on Strava, this really only tells part of the story, firstly because that is only one app and a lot of people do not use any form of tracking app at all, so my statistician friends will be able to give me a much higher estimate. But really its not the numbers that are important, its how people feel about the trail and how it has impacted on their riding. Its great that it has provided an access point for more people into the sport, that it offers a place to progress your riding before heading further out into the Peak or into Greno or Wharncliffe. That it has taught us that a little flow in our lives is a great supplement to our gritstone diet. Some of the best things that we have seen up there have been the number of families and kids up on the trail. We have even heard of a few kids using the trail for their birthday parties (which is an improvement on bowling!) Sure we have had a couple of little teething problems, but in general it has been a great first year. Continue reading

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