MTB

  • get outdoors in the beautiful Cotswolds
  • enjoy guided rides
  • socialise while you get fitter
  • improve with subsidised coaching

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 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.  Keep in touch with what’s happening on our Facebook group at C&CCC MTB.

New Riders

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, check the FAQ below or contact our MTB Captain via the Contact page.

Local rides

Guided mountain bike rides happen every Saturday morning and on Tuesday nights during British Summer Time.

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:

Blue

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.

Red

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.

XC

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.

Intro

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, if you would like to meet us at the top of the first large climb so that you can choose to plod up there at your own pace or drive up, contact the MTB Captain in advance and we will do our best to accommodate this.  The ride will be too physically demanding for an absolute novice.

Away Days

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.

FAQ

Do I need to wear a helmet?

Yes, no helmet, no ride, no exceptions.

How old do I need to be?

The minimum is 14 and if under 18, your Parent or Guardian must complete the clubs ‘Parent Consent Form (PCF)’ and submit it to the club Chairman or Road Captain.

What kind of bike do I need?

One suitable for off road riding and is in good working order.

Can I come on an eBike?

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.

What should I bring?

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.

What is the vibe like?

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.