The club runs a wide style of rides 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 on the website calendar, 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 and all love riding our bikes, so come join us.
We always welcome new riders joining us. Check the calendar for the route and turn up. There is no need to join the club before coming and trying it out.
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 ride. If you’re not confident about riding that distance, try the 3rd Saturday in the month which is shorter, slower paced and with nothing too technical (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.
Led mountain bike rides happen every Saturday morning and on Tuesday nights during British Summer Time. These are approximately 3 hours in length and involve cycling out of Cheltenham up onto the Cotswold escarpment at the start of the ride. Saturday rides depart Pitville Pump Rooms at 9am aiming to return to Cheltenham around 12:30. During British Summer Time, Tuesday night rides depart Pitville Pump Rooms at 7pm. Many of the rides end up with a few of us going for a drink at the end.
Ride leaders create their own routes but every first Saturday ride of the month is XC and every third Saturday ride of the month is an Intro ride.
So that you can join the rides that are right for you, the distance and technicality of the rides is shown on the calendar using the following categories:
Suitable for intermediate cyclist/mountain bikers with basic off-road riding skills and mountain, gravel and cross bikes.
Trail surface may be loose uneven or muddy at times and include small obstacles of roots and rock.
Most gradients are moderate but may include short steep sections. Includes small Technical Trail Features.
A good standard of fitness can help.
Suitable only for experienced mountain bikers riding mountain bikes.
The length of these rides varies and will be posted on the calendar but they will include a wide range of climbs and descents of a challenging nature. Expect berms, large rocks, medium steps, drop-offs, cambers, jumps, chutes, large stones, and tree roots.
A longer (25+miles) ride likely to involve plenty of climbing but sticking to blue trails. A hardtail mountain bike is ideal for these but riders tackle them on cross, gravel and enduro bikes.
These rides happen every first Saturday of the month.
For those taking their second step into mountain biking or if you just don’t fancy anything too taxing we have an Intro ride on every third Saturday of the month. Rides are about 15 miles, blue-graded and run at a gentler pace.
Although the rides depart Pitville Pump Rooms at 9am, Intro rides also feature a second meeting point at the top of the first large climb so that you can choose to plod up there at your own pace or drive up. The ride will return to this point for those that drive up. Rides going up Leckhampton Hill will pass through Daisy Bank Car Park around 09:30 and those going up Cleeve Hill will pass the car park by the pylons on the top of the hill around 09:50. The ride will be too physically demanding for an absolute novice.
Throughout the year we have a series of away days, generally on the third Sunday of a month. This could be a trip to a trail centre, or a natural ride taking in a different part of the country. Most away days are 60-90 minute travel time from Cheltenham and we meet ready to ride at 10am.
Below is a list of planned events. Details will be posted nearer the date, or for more information please get in touch with the Mountain Bike Captain.
7/4/98 HONC Route Signage Ride. Meet Pittville Pump Rooms at 8:45 for 9:00 depart
24/05 – 28/05/19 Scotland Trip
18/06/19 Mount at Stanton (Tuesday Evening)
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. Almost all of us ride non-eBikes but riders of eBikes that meet the following requirements are welcome: the bike must have pedals that can be used to propel it; the electric motor should not be able to propel the bike when it is travelling more than 15.5mph; and the motor should not have a maximum power output of more than 250 watts. eBikes must also display one item from each of the following: the power output or manufacturer of the motor; and the battery’s voltage or maximum speed of the bike.
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, we do wait if someone has a problem and we’ll always help out. If it’s a bike issue, you’re likely to get more technical support than you actually need! 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 contact page.