Trail Day: Blacka Christmas Cracker (DE repair session 1)

After all the heavy rain over the past month, a lot of trails have taken a hammering. Non more so than Devils Elbow on Blacka.

There are fairly substantial plans we are coordinating with the Wildlife Trust and Sheffield RoW team. This will be the first of 2-3 days (2 and 3 will be in the new year)

We will post more up about the plans for the next couple of trail days in due course. But in brief, we will have a large amount of substrate which we will need to get into the right places in the trail as well as making the work as in keeping as possible with the characteristics of the trail. All work will be as sensitive as possible.

We will be reinstating and clearing all the drains to ensure it does not get any worse and improving what we can to make the damaged sections safer and easier to ride and walk through.

We will provide tools and as it’s Christmas, there will be mince pies and hopefully some warming drinks too!

Please come prepared for the work and the weather.

We will confirm which end we will be starting at later in the week.

Help always appreciated. This one will need decent numbers, but the next two will require a lot of help

Details

  • Saturday December 7th from 1030 am
  • Meet TBC
  • Mince Pies and other food will be provided – please bring your own water
  • Tools will be provided
  • Please dress apropriately for the work

RADmires Rallying Cry

The rebellious heart of mountain biking can occasionally tip over into a kind of juvenile grumpiness, “I don’t care, I’m going to do what I like and the rest of the world can go to hell.” Ride Sheffield loves the fact that individualism and freedom are core parts of our great sport, but we also love it when the sport pulls together to achieve a greater good.

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Radmires – how we can all help make it happen….

With the help of local riders and businesses, Ride Sheffield have raised all the money required to build a red graded trail in Redmires plantation in the Peak District. Enormous effort has gone into satisfying the various demands placed on us by the Peak District National Park and other user groups. The first attempt at gaining planning permission has, however, been placed on hold. Here’s the story….


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Lady Cannings Closures

In discussion with Sheffield City Council we are aware the trails at Lady Cannings are have had a tough wet and soggy winter, not to mention a lot of snow and frozen weather and the unseasonably big thaw that followed last week and then the near flooding we have had today and forecast for more….
 
For this reason there will be a short term annual closure of both Blue Steel and Cooking on Gas Trails within Lady Cannings over the next few weeks to reduce impact and keep the trails sustainable.
Therefore the trails will be closed until the 25th of March (we will review at this point)

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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

Lady Canning’s – Just a little Something to Keep You Occupied….

Unwrapping the Outdoor City’s latest trail

Remember when we were struggling to knock the Lady Canning’s Blue Steel trail into shape after it had been all but obliterated by the forestry gang? Remember how it seemed to take forever? Remember how we said that owing to the crap weather, we’d had to put a hold on building phase two? Continue reading

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

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

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 Canning’s Trail – A Model For the Future?

Steve and Annie do the honours!

Steve and Annie do the honours!

I’ve been all of a flutter since the opening of the Lady Canning’s trail.  My first reaction was, phew, at last!  After all, it’s nearly two and a half years since Cy Turner first thought of crowd-funding the build.   Continue reading