Category Archives: Local Event

The Savernake Saturday Social

Kate Davidson will lead this social ride of around 25 miles starting at Postern Hill Car Park, Marlborough. The route will be non-technical and at a steady pace, and will mostly comprise woodland tracks, bridleways and lanes.

We’ll start at Postern Hill and make our way along the forest tracks to the end of the Grand Avenue and head towards Wilton, and through woodland to the outskirts of Great Bedwyn and then on to Ramsbury, via byways and bridleways, for a café stop, returning a slightly different way.

Possible treats in store might include a windmill, an ancient chapel and a Tudor mansion and mosaic. Terrain will be woodland tracks, byways, bridleways, towpath and country lanes and a couple of railway crossings. There are a few fun, rooty bits which will probably be slippery. Please come equipped with anything you might need, and bring pennies for a cup of tea at the café.

Meet at Postern Hill Car Park, Marlborough SN8 4ND ready for a 10am start.

Photo credit: Visit Wiltshire

Urban Round 7th November

Tom Scott leads this week’s Urban Round. Meet in the John Lewis car park (Mannington Roundabout) ready for a 7.00pm start.

Urban Rounds are mostly flat and mostly on cycle paths, but there may be occasional detour. The rides are suitable for all abilities and no-one gets left behind.

You’ll need lights, a spare tube or repair kit and a drink. Expect to be out for about two hours.

Urban Round 31st October

Steve Jeans leads the first of this Winter’s Urban Rounds on Wednesday night. Meet at Croft Trail ready for a 7.00pm start.

If you haven’t been on the Urban Round before, here are a few key facts:

The rides are intended to help you keep fit in the Winter, when we all tend to do a bit less riding.

Rides are typically about 20 miles long, taking about 2 hours to complete. (They are longer than the Summer midweek rides because they are mostly along cycle paths and minor roads, and are mostly flat.)

Riders of all abilities are welcome to ride. No one will be left behind.

We try to keep the routes to cycle paths so that your bike doesn’t need much of a clean afterwards (but can’t guarantee that there won’t be the odd muddy patch!)

You’ll need the usual drink and spare tube, and remember to wrap up warm charge your lights!

Tracks and Trails and Woods and Hills

Kate Davidson leads this 25 mile mixed ride. Starting at Barbury Castle, the ride will head along the Ridgeway to East Kennett and over to Alton Barnes, up Goldenball Hill and along the Pewsey Downs, and on towards West Woods. The return will be via Clatford Down, through Rockley and back up Four Mile Clump to Barbury.

We’ll be riding on byways, hills, downland, woods and the odd country road. Though not listed as novice-friendly, anyone happy to ride this distance, who can cope with hills and varied terrain, is welcome.

There is no planned café stop, but there is an option of riding down for a cuppa in Avebury before heading East Kennett-wards. In any case, the usual applies – bring anything you might need for your bike, warm clothing and waterproofs in case of rain and a bit of food to keep you going.

Midweek Ride 17 October

Wailun Chung leads this week’s Wednesday night ride. Meet at the Patriots Arms in Chiseldon ready for a 7.00pm start.

Midweek rides are usually about 15 miles / 2 hours long, using sections of the Ridgeway and the Marlborough Downs. The rides are novice friendly and no-one gets left behind.

You’ll need a spare tube/repair kit, lights and a drink. There may be the option of a drink in the pub at the end.

The “Winter’s Coming” Ride

Tom Scott is leading this local ride. We will do half a lap of the Croft Trail then head out to the hills, before returning via Ladder Lane and completing the lap.

You will need spares, tools, food and drink as well as appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.

This is a novice-friendly ride and we will wait at every turn for people to catch up.
(Note – this ride has replaced the originally advertised Gravel Ride.)

Tom’s Annual Gravel Spin

This ride has now been cancelled.

It has been replaced  by The Winter’s Coming Ride.

Many MTBers also dabble in other forms of cycling and the latest craze is to ride a racer off road. This used to be called CX (cyclo-cross) then when that wasn’t cool they called it ‘gravel riding’ but that didn’t cover it so they started calling it ‘adventure riding’. Anyway, it’s basically longer distance on-and-off-road riding on a bike with drop handlebars ,which looks like a road bike but with chunkier tyres, beefed up frame joints and lower gears.

This is a first for MBS, and although I can’t see it taking over from proper mountain biking, it would be nice to have an annual event to look forward to (and let’s face it – it gives us an excuse to buy another bike).

We will be setting off from Croft on a route that is 100km with about 50/50 tarmac and gravel. You will need tools, spares, food, drink and appropriate clothing. I am aiming to be back at croft by 3pm which means an average speed of 20kmph (12.5mph) plus stops. There will be nothing that MTBers would consider technical but if you are a confirmed dyed-in-the-wool roadie it will scare the life out of you!

Read about one of our members’ first year of Gravel riding here.

Photo credit: cxmagazine.com

Midweek Ride 10th October

Tom Scott leads this week’s Wednesday night ride. Meet at the Patriots Arms in Chisledon ready for a 7.00pm start.

Midweek rides are usually about 15 miles / 2 hours long, using sections of the Ridgeway and the Marlborough Downs. The rides are novice-friendly and no-one gets left behind.

You’ll need lights, a drink and a spare tube or repair kit. We may call in to the pub for a drink afterwards.

Exploring the Vale

On October 6th, Kate Davidson will lead an open ride exploring the Pewsey Vale.

This cross-country ride will start in Savernake Forest and head up (and down) the hills around the Pewsey Vale, hopefully making a Cafe stop en route.

Kate will confirm the precise mileage after doing a final recce ride, but expect to ride approximately 25-30 miles, with a few hills thrown in.

(Phot credit: www.visitwiltshire.co.uk)