A few good runs

A nice video compilation of some of the best club rides..

Daisybank dig weekender 2012

Big thanks to all who turned up to repair Daisybank dirt jumps this weekend. It was an epic couple of days of dirt moving and packing in. I still cannot quite believe how much we achieved and how good the summer is going to be riding up there.

Buckholt Wood riding agreement

Last Friday (March 23rd) representatives from Cheltenham & County CC and Bigfoot MBC reached what we considered as a workable riding agreement with Natural England and the forestry manager

Cheltenham & County and Bigfoot MBC hit Ribbesford

With our two clubs having recently collaborated in trying to negotiate the return of mountain biking to Buckholt Woods we furthered this partnership with a superb gravity riding day at the downhill trails near to Ribbesford

Bushcombe track walk 31st March

Now the evenings are getting later we have the daylight and the opportunity to make B-Side something special for the summer. We are meeting at 6pm at the viewpoint car park so we can walk the new track route and discuss the work required.

No need to bring any tools to this one as it is an exploration trip. Once we all know where the track is going we can come up at our leisure to complete it. Remember anyone is welcome to come and view and work on the trail but due to insurance reasons you need to be a Cheltenham and County Cycling Club member to ride. We have worked hard to secure this venue, please do not ruin it with illegal riding.

The new track requires a bit of hard graft but has some really exciting sections. We've got a serious amount of space at Bushcombe and are keen to get loads of lines up there to make it the best riding experience for all, so if you've always wanted a big road gap, some twisty woodland singletrack or a sweet jump-line - discuss it with us and then come and build something that you want to ride and progress on!"

I have been watching this video, it features some trail work that we should aspire to...

Requests for Bushcombe

I am sure that you all have many ideas about what you want from the Bushcombe site.
There is a post on the CC-CC forum so all club members can make suggestions on what we should build. Of course we will be asking for people to help build these ideas!!

Do not forget the walk of the site tomorrow (Wednesday evening). Come along even if you cannot/ do not want to help dig, there are many other ways you can help.

Make your track suggestions HERE

XC Route, Dumbleton

This ride has quite a few road miles but takes in a few of the local hills, if you are feeling energetic you could even take a 'short cut' up Bushcombe Lane.

45.75km with 692m of climbing.

View the route at BikeHike
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Moelfre Uplift Day

After the success of Cwmcarn, the next uplift day on the 27th March at Moelfre.

For those that do not know, Moelfre is about 100miles away (so easy in a day trip), the track contains about 1 tree but is flat out and very fun. On a sunny day it is the closest you will get to riding in the alps. You can ride it on any bike, I have been on my hardtail which was only slightly slower than my 224. Uplift is on a tractor trailer and you will get somewhere between 10 and 15 runs.

These uplift days are very low key and open to all, there is no elitism as everyone is there for a good laugh. I have seen 11 year olds on the same trailer as guys who race world cups!

More information can be found at borderline-events

To get you warmed up here is a video of a race there last year...

MTB skills course round-up

Wow! what a day! The skills course at Woburn Sands was a first for some and the second instalment for others. Everyone picked up lots of new skills from the day and Tony was able to point out what was needed to make everyone ride really smooth by the end of the day

It is really great to see the progress of everyone from when we started to when we finished - in fact I was blown away by it. But now I am very tired with my head buzzing full of thoughts relating to todays events. Let's hope I can sleep.

Tony's posted a write up on the day which can be found here along with some photos and videos...

MTB skills course

We have arranged a CC-CC skills day at Woburn Sands (near Milton Keynes). This is a great venue whether you want to improve your XC skills or some hard DH / jumping techniques. It doesn't matter what skill level or age I can vouch that you will learn lots and take loads away from it. ContactUs if you are interested.

The course be with Tony from www.ukbikeskills.co.uk who has recently been called the UK's best coach by the guy heading up the Off Road Development at the CTC. With Bushcombe going to be ready soon this will be great to make the most of that and any trips away you might have planned for this year.

Ok I hope you will not be doing shady jumps like this in the course, but it is the only photo I have of Woburn (and demonstrating a complete lack of skills). There are loads of single tracks sections which are ideal for training on.

This video includes the guy that is running the course:

Just found this video, the second half shows some of the trails at Worburn

Bushcombe 2010 Plans

Winter has been a little quiet for Bushcombe, but the project is still ongoing with plenty of exciting plans for the coming year including a new track and a real potential for uplifts.

Over the winter the farmer has done a lot of clearing and has constructed better access. Unfortunately this has damaged a section of Track1, it is still ridable but it is going to be laid to rest. The access track makes uplifts a real option now... Just need someone to organise it!

The good news is that we have laid out a new track which is packed with features and longer than Track1. Let me introduce B-Side:
OK this is just a sketch of what is going down, but we have over half of it cleared already and will be looking to ride sections in the next couple of months. The track looks to be about 750m long with a 100m drop, there are more jump and chute options over the first track and of course will have plenty of corners to keep you on your toes.

The aim for Spring is to get as many people as possible working on the track on official dig sessions and whenever they can make it. Ideally we should work on the main track, but any trail building up Bushcombe will be good.

If you want to get involved contact Alex or Barnaby, if you don't have their email just ContactUs

Forest of Dean Mini DH Round 3

In the final round of the FOD Mini DH winter series on Sunday Feb 28th, TheCorrective was represented by Rachel Vicary, Charlie Williams and Roger Smith.

The track was cut up and very muddy in places which made it particularly challenging, similar to round 1. Rachel suffered from a leaking front brake during her first run and had to abandon it, whilst Charlie and Roger had off track excursions.

Rachel managed to blag a bike for her run (thanks to Rich Dade for the lending of his Demo 7), and she managed to post a very respectable time giving her 4th in her category, so a great effort indeed. Her time was just eclipsed by Roger (38th masters) who was experimenting with hardtail racing – something he is still questioning but is determined to get the hang of….

Charlie put in a solid performance on his hardtail to post an excellent 11th in the Masters.

A hard day above the saddle, but still great fun all the same.

Photos courtesy of Goshka Awramik

Leckhampton Leaflet - with download

An awareness leaflet produced in partnership between Cheltenham Borough Council, FOLK and CC-CC is available in local bike shops, notably Leisure lakes, Cheltenham Cycles and Roylan Cycles.

The leaflet is aimed at MTBers who use Leckhampton Hill, and primarily DHers. It is essential all riders on the hill ride responsibly and think of their impact on other users on the hill. Only by being responsible can we gain respect as a group on the hill, so please do so.

You can download a version HERE