Mountain

The club has a very active mountain bike membership who ride a wide selection of styles including cross country, endurance, enduro, downhill and dirt jump. The organised events are mainly aimed at cross country leisure and local downhill but you will find members riding and racing all over the country!

Whether you’re new to the area or looking for a wider network of people to ride with, we’re always happy for new people to join us. We always wait, regroup at the top of climbs and descents, giving everyone a chance to ride as a group.

Routes are published beforehand, so it’s easy to see the distance, climbing and difficulty. However, they are weather dependent, so may change, but will remain the same distance and ability level.

We are a very friendly and social bunch, we organise a lot of rides through a Yahoo group, which anyone joining the club can get access to. We all love riding our bikes, so come join us.

New Riders

Please do come and join us, we are always happy for new people to join us. Check the calendar for the route and turn up on the Saturday morning and say hello.

If you’re already a regular cyclist and happy with 3 hours riding (~25 miles) then please feel free to join us on any Saturday morning or Tuesday evening. If you’re not confident about riding that distance, try the 3rd Saturday in the month which is shorter & slower paced (see below).

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact our Captain via the Contact page.

Please note if you are 14 years of age or less you require an adult to accompany you during all rides.

Saturday Rides

These are approximately 3 hours in length and involve cycling out of Cheltenham up onto the Cotswold escarpment at the start of the ride. As a general fitness guide, you should be able to ride up the tarmac section of Mill Lane in Prestbury without stopping (many of us push up the steep off road section at the top). We generally cover 22 – 28 miles (sometimes further if it suits the group) over a variety of terrain.

On the third Saturday of each month we organise a shorter ride of around 15 miles. Ideal for new members or riders wanting a slower paced ride.

Rides start at 9:00am (please arrive up to 15 minutes before) from the Pittville Pump Rooms every Saturday throughout the year, we aim to be back in Cheltenham by 12:30. There is a leader for each ride who will have the route and ensure the group gets back to Cheltenham together. Most riders come for a social drink after the ride and maybe a bite to eat.

Tuesday Night Rides

Tuesday evening rides run all year round, but are much more weather & trail condition dependent, not many of us like riding in the mud at night, we tend to organise this during the day based on local weather conditions.

The rides tend to be a bit faster paced and start at Pittville Pump Rooms at 7:15pm promptly, heading up onto the Cotswolds. Typically we ride about 18 miles at 9 mph. You will need powerful lights to ride through the woods in the dark, however, there is no need to spend ££££’s on these, they can be picked up quite cheaply on any internet search (or ask us, we can recommend).

 

Thursday ‘The Corrective’ Evening

Officially The Corrective evening runs from the first Thursday in May until the weather/ daylight prevents it. We usually meet at the Daisybank car park for some technical riding on the DH tracks and Daisybank dirt jumps. Anyone on any bike is welcome and the sessions are very relaxed. These are a great way of honing your bike handling skills ready for those away rides!

We also run FlyUp downhill days in the Forest of Dean, a great day out which is nearly always followed up with a curry in the evening.

Away Days

Throughout the year we have a series of away days, generally on the third Sunday of every month. This could be a trip to a trail centre, or a natural ride taking in a different part of the country. Most of these are aimed at a 60-90 minute travel time from Cheltenham with a meet ready to ride time of 10am.

Below is a provisional list of events for 2017, for more information please get in touch with the Mountain Bike Captain.

19/02 HONC Advanced Signage Ride. Meet Pittville Pump Rooms at 9:00
19/03 Cannock Chase
09/04 HONC
07/05 Bike Park Wales
26/05 – 30/05 Scotland Trip
25/06 Breacon Beacons
20/06 Mount at Stanton (Tuesday Evening)
16/07 Beacon to Beacon
20/08 Quantocks
17/09 Hopton Woods/Eastridge
15/10 Bike Park Wales
19/11 Cwm Carn
17/12 FoD Xmas Ride

 

General Information

All riders on a club ride must wear a helmet and we recommend gloves and padded cycling shorts. You should be suitably clothed for the weather conditions.

We do ask that your bike is suitable for off road riding and is in good working order. You will also need adequate water, trail snacks, basic tools and a spare tube. It’s a good idea to bring a bit of money as well, just in case.

We all look after one another, respect other trails users and most of all the beautiful countryside we are so lucky to ride in. We do not leave people behind and we do wait if someone has a problem with their bike, we’ll always help out. We will get you back to Cheltenham, no matter what.

If you would like to find out more about mountain biking in and around Cheltenham and to join the club, please contact us via the website or our facebook page.