MBSwindon News August 2010

MB Swindon Biking/Social Camping Trip

We’re organising a long weekend away in Snowdonia for the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The approximate plan is to call in at a trail centre on the Friday afternoon and arrive at the camp site on Friday night. Saturday and Sunday will be used for cross country mountain rides from the camp site. On Monday we’re visiting Penmachno, a decent trail.

However, it doesn’t have to be all about riding – we’re hoping this will be more of a social riding weekend than an all-out riding holiday. We might even squeeze in a walk up Snowdon. It’ll be a good way of visiting some of the North Wales trail centres, and also spending time in one of the nicest parts of the UK.

This event is open to members and non-members alike. Obviously we will need an indication of who is likely to be attending so we can arrange the camping pitches and keep you informed of the plan and where to meet. If you are interested in joining us then please email phil@mbswindon.co.uk with “camping trip” as the subject.

Event information.

Club Ride – Wyre Forest (Kidderminster)

Sunday 15th August 2010 @ 10:00

Wyre Forest is located West of Kidderminster. It has a lot of really good natural bike trails on the steep sides of the valley. Local knowledge is really useful in an area like this, so Sarah Peters from the Wyre Forest MTB Group is going to lead us on a ride taking in the best bits. We’ve been there recently and there’s loads of really fun sections, including a river crossing, rocky descents, steep mud, roots and fast swoopy single track. We spent 5 hours riding and still didn’t cover all of it, so there’s loads to do.

Event information.

Novice Friendly Club Ride – Forest of Dean (Gloucestershire)

Sunday 5th September 2010 @ 11:00

The Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire provides a really large area with a choice of mountain biking routes. Natural single track, a 10 mile cross country race route, the FODCA trail, downhill sections and some scenic cross country.

This trip is going to be aimed at new riders, though everyone is welcome. It will be possible to form two groups if enough people want to go and do other things. There is also a pub that could be added to the route for a lunchtime stop.

Event information.

More details of these, and all of our other events, can be found on our events page.

Friday Evening Rides

Our ever popular Friday evening rides continue throughout summer and right into winter. We aim to start at 7:30pm, although this might get moved to 7:00pm as we get closer to winter. Optional (but recommended) visit to the local pub afterwards. We’ve just about been squeezing three laps in before we lose the light. Which brings us neatly to the subject of…


Quite a popular subject this, and something to think about with winter approaching. Rafe is in the process of writing an illuminating article on the subject of lights which will be appearing in the articles section sometime soon.

GB Plumbing – MB Swindon Membership Discount
Bit of a blatent plug this (yes, pun intended) for one of our mbswindon club members discounts. Chris at GB Plumbing Services is offering a 10% discount on plumbing and bathroom services to club members. You can get in touch with Chris here.

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