On Saturday June 16th, we are running a different type of event for MB Swindon.
Instead of the Club providing a leader to guide you along your ride, this time we’ll be saying ‘3,2,1…Go!’ and setting you off on your way.
The Ridgeway Challenge will start at Foxhill, and the aim is for you to ride as far as you can along the Ridgeway whilst still making it back to Foxhill by the finish time.
There will be two options:
The six hour ride starts at 11.00am
The three hour ride starts at 2.00pm
…and riders on both rides must be back at Foxhill by 5.00pm.
How you ride is up to you. Treat it as a time trial and power through to cover as many miles as you can, or just make it a social ride with a group of friends. (As there is no ride leader, we suggest riding with a partner.)
Tom Scott will be running his ever-popular Wantage cafe ride on 22nd October.
The ride follows the Ridgeway from Swindon, past the White Horse at Uffington, and on to the outskirts of Wantage, where the group will stop for a cup of tea and a slice of cake to fuel up for the return leg.
There are two distance options for this ride:
40 Mile Option
Meet at Covingham shops at 9.00am.
25 Mile Option
Meet at Foxhill at 10.00am.
There are a couple of climbs en-route, but no technically difficult sections. The 25 mile option would make a good next-step ride for those looking to go beyond the average novice friendly ride.
As always, bring a drink and snack, and any spares you might need.
‘Fawkes a lot!’ is two rides in one. The 16 mile, Novice Friendly loop, will cover parts of the Ridgeway and other bridleways and byways in the area. It’s nearly all gravel, but there will be a few unsurfaced parts to ride. A few climbs but nothing too taxing.
If you fancy covering more miles then there is the option of meeting Phil Allum to start the ride from Coate Water Country Park instead which will add another 12 or so miles onto the ride total. We will be leaving Coate Water at 9am sharp, and taking a brisk ride to Barbury to pick up the others before heading out across the downs.
Please bring drinks/snacks as there will not be any shops or cafes on this ride.
Hope to see you there!
Meeting point: Coate Water Country Park
Time: 08:45 to ride at 09:00
Total distance: 28 miles
Shorter Novice Friendly Ride:
Meeting point: Barbury Castle car park
Time: 09:45 to ride at 10:00
Distance: 16 miles
Michael Duller leads this week’s Wednesday night ride, which will start at The Patriots Arms, Chiseldon at 7.00pm
The ride will follow a circular route, taking in Barbury castle, Totterdown woods, Rockley and the Ridgeway. It will be approx 15 to 20 miles, and we aim to finish about 9.00pm. All riders will need lights, as it will be dark by the ride’s end.
As has become the custom on these rides, you can ‘Go Large’ by meeting Michael next to the diving board at Coate Water at 6.30pm and riding up to Chiseldon from there.
Update: Due to the high winds in the area, this ride will now be a shorter ride on lower ground. Meet at Coate Water at 6pm.
Tom Scott will be leading this week’s midweek ride, which will offer two options.
The long option (30 miles) We will be leaving from Coate at 6pm and heading for Barbury.
Come and join us for a fun filled weekend of mountain biking in North Wales. Our accommodation for the weekend will be at Ty Nant, a traditional Welsh longhouse near Dolgellau. Sleeping 10 the cost of this will be £45 per person on a self catering basis. For those who wish to extend the weekend there’s an option to stay on the Thursday night as well at no extra cost.
Exact routes/rides yet to be confirmed but as the accommodation is right on the doorstep of Coed y Brenin we’ll probably spend at least one day riding the waymarked trails through the forest. Other possibilities include Penmacchno, Climach X, Marin Trail, Mount Snowdon or an uplift day at Antur Stiniog.
Places are limited to 10 so accommodation will be offered on a first come (paid), first served basis and limited to paid-up club members only. If the long house gets full up we have an option to take further accommodation.
If you’d like to book on this event please email email@example.com and I’ll send all the details you need.
Graham Burgess will be leading this pre-ride ride.
Longer ride: Start (leave!) 9:30am (sharp) at Coate Water by Diving Boards. Faffers please arrive early.
Shorter ride: Start at 10:15am at Foxhill car park (nearest satnav SN4 0DR Burj Indian Restaurant).
So, you’ve seen the “Big Bang Theory” night ride posted for 05th November. This Saturday there is the opportunity to do a trial run of the ride in the daytime. There are some great views on this route so worth getting out of bed for. Having now done the reccee, I can confirm there aren’t any scary bits, but there is one decent hill to ride up – yes UP (plus a very short one that even I couldn’t get up as it’s a bit gloopy). There are also some “proper” cross country riding bits….
This will be a novice friendly ride, at the pace of the group and no one will be left behind, but please make your own mind up.
Bring warm/waterproof clothing, basic spares and snacks/drinks as appropriate.
Aim to be back to Foxhill by around 1:00pm but entirely dependent on group.