Our recent adventures...
These are just a few snipets from being out and about, and our future events.
Dates for your diary
Free social ride - around Harewood and surrounding countryside
Womens only gravel ride - riding from Sutton Bank Visitor Centre exploring some of the best views in Yorkshire
Free social ride - from Alpkit Ilkley - burn those Christmas calories off
October Social Ride
We've been lucky enough to be granted permission from North York Moors National Park to use Sutton Bank trails for guided rides (the only people that have, to my knowledge). I was excited to explore them with our social ride. We covered around 20km in the blustery conditions, but morale was high and it was great to get out and see those famous views. Plus, I had new snacks from Outdoor Provisions, which were super tasty. Yum.
On Sunday, we had an amazing day meeting new poeple at Alpkit Ilkley. It was a great day finding out about what people like about cycling and how I can best design courses and rides. My dog would like to thank everyone who gave him snuggles - he really appreciated the love.
01.10.21 - 03.10.21
Enduro World Series
What an awesome weekend in the cycling hub of the Tweed Valley! There was some excellent mountain biking to watch and to have a go at. Glentress and Innerleithan have an amazing range of riding from beginner to expert, which made watching the competition really exciting - even in the Scottish rain.
Route finding in Nidderdale
One element of being a ride leader is riding potential routes ahead of course. It is a great day out, riding new bridleways that you'd never have found before. It is always particularly awesome if the weather is beautiful and the scenery inviting. Nidderdale always seems to deliver on both counts.
18.09.21 - 19.09.21
Ard Moors 2021
After the awesome weekend at Ard Rock I thought that I would volunteer to marshall at Ard Moors. I was lucky enough to be put on the rock drop an see a huge range of riders take on this quite daunting obstacle. It was a great weekend - I'm looking forward to riding it next year!
21.08.21 - 22.08.21
Keilder Forest Bothy Trip
There's not many places in England you feel more alone than Kielder Forest. Its a huge expanse of over 60,000 hectares of trees that straddles the border with Scotland. Hidden within is the Kershope head bothy, where we stayed for a cozy night after being drenched in the day. Well worth a visit for bikepacking or walking in, but take a torch - you woudn't want to get lost in the woods.
Trash Free Trails/Trash Mob meet up
If you haven't come across Trash Free Trails then you should visit their website now. It was awesome to meet up with them at Bike Park Wales and get to know more about the Trash Mob and the awesome initiatives they are working on. Plus we squeezed in a few runs before the day was over.
Photo courtesy of Rich Baybutt
06.08.21 - 08.08.21
Ard Rock 2021
What an awesome few days! A range of weather; from sideways rain on Friday to beautiful sunny skys on Sunday. I marshalled at different stage finishes and even tried some amazing artisan doughballs. Next year I'll get priority to ride - just got to choose between all the events...
13.08.21 - 17.08.21
Everyone deserves a holiday! When your friends are riders too the obvious answer is a mountain bike holiday. Our girls trip didn't tick the normal boxes - instead we opted for van camping, rain and mud. It was awesome! We visited North Wales and rode at an awesome variety of places - Antur Stiniog, Penmachno, Marin Trail and Coed-y-Brenin.
Navigation Skills Course
I had an amazing day in the Peak District improving my navigation skills under the watchfull eye of Oli from PureOutdoor. The weather was supposed to be awful but was dry and blustery instead. I refreshed my understanding of route planning, pacing and walking on a bearing. It was super helpful and I had the bonus of also meeting some great people!