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!
These are approximately 3 hours in length and involve cycling out of Cheltenham up onto the Cotswold escarpment at the start of the ride. We generally cover 22 – 28 miles (sometimes further if it suits the group) over a variety of terrain. These start at 9am (please arrive up to 15 minutes before) every Saturday throughout the year and have a designated ride leader who is announced on the calendar. The rides start from Pittville Pump Rooms.
The third Saturday of each month is a shorter ride of around 15miles. Ideal for new members or riders wanting a slower paced ride.
Tuesday Night Rides
Officially the Tuesday evening rides run from April to October, though many members keep going all winter. Like the Saturday rides these start at Pittville Pump Rooms at 7pm and head up onto the Cotswolds but end up at a pub. The pubs vary week to week oscillating between a local one and one a bit further out where we meet the road riders. Lengths vary depending on the weather but are typically around 2 hours.
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!
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
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
17/09 Hopton Woods/Eastridge
15/10 Bike Park Wales
19/11 Cwm Carn
17/12 FoD Xmas Ride
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. Our third Saturday of the month session is a great way of joining us as the distance and pace is set to suit a more relaxed ride. These rides will still start with a climb out of Cheltenham in either a Cleeve or Leckhampton direction so you’ll need an average level of fitness. We always wait, and regroup at the top of climbs giving everyone a chance to catch their breath!
If you’re already a regular cyclist and / or happy with 3 hours riding (22-28 miles) then please feel free to join us on any Saturday morning or Tuesday evening.
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.
All riders on a club ride must wear a helmet and we recommend gloves, knee pads body armour etc where appropriate. We also ask that your bike is suitable for off road riding and is well maintained and that you are suitably clothed for the weather conditions. You should also bring adequate food, water, tools and a spare tube.
We respect one another, other off road users and the environment, we do not leave people behind and we wait if someone has a “technical”. We will help out if possible.
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.