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Our group has been organising rides now since 2008, we are still here and we still ride, some ride on a weekly basis whist others ride when other commitments allow. Be that as it may we all love our bikes and we want to ride them as often as we can manage. If you do not have a bike, or you never plan to ride your bike, then this is not the group for you!

As a group we aim to ride as often as possible and lead a diverse range of rides to suit all levels of rider, in order to encourage new riders to advance their skills further, from technical to endurance. However, we can only do this with the commitment of our members to support our group both financially and through contribution of ideas, thoughts on places to ride or even leading rides.

You may or may not be aware that there is a charge by Meetup.com on a bi-annually basis for the use of this website and its features. So we are asking people to pay a small annual subscription fee of £10 for people who want an annual payment. Alternatively, if you want to ride less frequently, you may want to pay as you go at a £2 per ride, payable directly to the ride leader.

Upcoming events (5+)

Gisburn Forest trail centre

Gisburn Forest Hub

From cocklett car park drive 500yards turn right at track (signed hub) RIDE GRADING Intermediate (Red) to Advanced (Black). Whilst fitness required may be rated intermediate, Technical difficulty sits squarely in the Advanced category with either rocks or roots or both. Wet conditions add further excitement as the smooth rocks here mean you never quite know which way your front wheel will go next. Riders will need to be used to off-road biking to be able to complete the red route safely. LOCATION OF MEET-UP Gisburn Forest - The Hub, Tosside, MEETUP TIME 10.15am for 10.30am start RIDE DESCRIPTION Gisburn Forest, inside the beautiful Forest of Bowland is renowned for mountain biking with plenty of XC riding and singletrack to be had. We mainly stick to the signposted red routes with the option to try the entertaining / challenging black route of “hully gully”! To quote a previous rider: "The downs were tricky and technical, the ups were tricky and technical, the flat was flat and technical. Massive amounts of fun to be had - just you, bike and forest. Seriously great trail riding with other riders happy to give advice and encouragement when needed. Messed it up in quite a few places, better next time. Will be back on the list once I've got my breath back." For those that have never ridden a purpose built trail centre before, I can only recommend you give it a try and see just how big that smile is on your face when we finish but expect a few scrapes! ESTIMATED DISTANCE: 12 miles ESTIMATED DURATION: 3 hours SUITABLE FOR MOUNTAIN BIKES ONLY RECOMMENDATIONS: Spare tubes, tools, food, drink SAFETY: No helmet = No ride Ride fee £1

Pately Bridge to Appletreewick

Pateley Bridge (near the river)

MEET UP TIME 10:15am for 10.30am start RIDE LEADER Mark Hannar MEET UP POINT From otley grassington side Come over bridge in Patley and take 1st right go past car park on left continue down road 300 yards we'll be there and left before bridge if coming from summerbridge side PARKING Parking £1.40 DESCRIPTION Ride from Patley Bridge with a climb up to Greenhow taking in views of the old copper mines. A bit of road heading towards Grassington and passing Stumpcross caverns which do exceedingly good cake, on tracks toward Appletreewick where we can have a quick pint of raspberry blond in the Craven arms then a climb to Skyreholme and back to Patley via Pockstones moor on lots of fast and flowing descents to finish with a smile, easy peasy. DISTANCE 23miles RIDE DURATION 4 – 5 hours TYPE OF BIKE SUITABLE Mountain Bikes REQUIREMENTS Spare tubes, tools, food, drink, all weather clothing etc. SAFETY No Helmet = No Ride

Peak District - Hayfield - Jacobs Ladder

Hayfield visitors car park, Station Road

TECHNICAL / PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY Advanced - difficult MEET-UP TIME 10.15am for 10.30am start LOCATION OF MEET-UP Derbyshire County Council, Station Road, Derbyshire, Hayfield, SK22 2ES PARKING FEE Applies RIDE DESCRIPTION It is the classic Dark Peak route that takes in the Jacob's Ladder, Rushup Edge and Roych Clough descents. The main climbs are directly to the back of Jacob's Ladder from Hayfield and up to Rushup Edge via Hollins Cross and Mam Tor. Although not exceptionally long the rocky terrain, combined with difficult climbs and steep technical descents, makes this route a tough one. FULL DESCRIPTION http://flattyres-mtb.co.uk/route-guides/peak-district-mtb-routes/hayfield-jacobs-ladder/ DISTANCE 17.5 miles ASCENT 879m DURATION 5 hours (estimated) SUITABLE FOR: Mountain Bikes SAFETY Helmet is essential. Gloves and pads are recommended.

Hebden Bridge

The Stubbing Wharf

RIDE GRADING Intermediate (Red) to Advanced (Black) MEET-UP TIME 10.15am for 10.30am start MEET-UP LOCATION The Stubbing Wharf (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=King%20Street%2C%20Hebden%20Bridge%2C%20Halifax%20HX7%206LU), King Street, Hebden Bridge, Halifax HX7 6LU http://stubbing.co.uk/ PARKING FEE Free in pub car park NEAREST STATION Hebden Bridge RIDE DESCRIPTION The ride starts with a tough climb from Hebden Bridge before some great moors track to Widdop Reservior. Crossing the dam wall we climb again before the fun starts on really great single track which is fast and furious on the downhill section. More gentle climbing, stream to cycle through, then we follow an old pack horse trail down to Todmorden. A sprint on the canal back to Hebden Bridge. APPROXIMATE DISTANCE / DURATION 21 miles / approximately 4 Hours SUITABLE FOR Mountain Bikes Only RECOMMENDATIONS Suitable clothing including wet weather protection, spare inner tubes / patches, chain links, lube, enough food and water for a 4 hour ride - energy drinks, energy bars, bananas, clif bars, fruit malt loaf etc..... SAFETY No helmet - No ride TRAIL MAP

Past events (687)

Bardsey

Bardsey, Leeds

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