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Hargroves Demo Day 2015 at Croft Trail Swindon

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After the success of the 2014 Hargroves Demo Day they are back with more bikes for you to try in 2015. We’ll be there too with our famous BBQ, along with Swindon Coffee Gang.

“We are delighted that this is the fifth year that we will be holding the Hargroves Cycles MBSwindon Demo day on the 3rd May 2015 at the Croft Trail.”

Booking of bikes is done on a first come first served basis and can only be done on the day itself. Please bring a helmet, all your usual clothing, shoes, pedals(if you want to use your own) photographic id (passport or driving licence) and credit card.

Bike Brands:

  • Cannondale
  • Specialized
  • Cube
  • Scott
  • GT
  • Bianchi

Terms and Conditions

While in your possession, the bike you are riding is your responsibility. If you allow anybody else to ride the cycle, that too is your responsibility until the cycle has been returned. It is expected to get muddy and dirty, so have fun. However, it is your responsibility to pay for any damage resulting from misuse. A snapped chain or puncture is not considered to be misuse. Puncture repair facilities are available at base camp or if you are riding with a guide, they will be carrying essential tools.

Jump at Croft Trail in Swindon.

Any injury sustained when out on a bike is solely your responsibility. Hargroves Cycles Ltd, its staff or the manufacturers supplying bikes on the day, may not be held responsible.

1) You must wear a helmet at all times

2) Familiarise yourself with the bike; remember all bikes behave differently, so take your time to become familiar with the bike before tackling the course.
3) Keep both wheels in contact with the ground
4) Ask a member of staff; Hargroves Cycles staff along with bicycle manufacturer representatives are on hand to answer any questions you might have. Please let them help you set up the bike you choose to ride BEFORE you set off. This will provide a much better ride quality and also resist damaging the bike. Make sure you are riding an appropriate sized bike and don’t exceed the maximum seat height.

Weekend trip to Coed-y-brenin with Hit the hills

The Pink Heifer at Coedybrenin

A two day stay with Hit the hills in a catered bunk barn within riding distance of the Coedybrenin trails (see our handy route guide plus the Hit the hills route guide).  The bunk house is opposite a pub and also allows access to the trails via back lanes and tracks.

Special club price of £115 per person (6 meals + accommodation).

For more ideas see this report from the trip  in Sept 2012.

Riding: the trails are all waymarked. Option of driving or riding to the trails. A group will ride to the trails and then there are various choices of route length. Tom is going to do an epic mash up route again if possible.

Rough plan:

  • Friday: arrive at the bunk house. 
  • Saturday: ride the local trails.
  • Sunday: ride the local trails.
  • Monday: back at work?

Facebook event page.

 

 

Weekend trip to Mudtrek (near Brechfa)

Mudtrek logo

Mudtrek describe themselves as “the ski chalet for mountain bikers”. They are located in Wales near the Brechfa trails. See the ride report from October 2013.

The approximate plan is:

  • Arrive Friday evening.
  • Guided ride on Saturday at the Presceli hills (new venue).
  • Sunday do a shorter ride.

The price is £135 per person (provided we have 10 or more which we always have managed previously). That covers accommodation, breakfast, lunch and evening meal for two days (menu). The comfortable accommodation also has washing machines and clothes drying.

Bristol Bikefest 2014

Bristol BikefestThe Bristol Bikefest is one of our big race events. Everyone is encouraged to get involved – it’s a lot of fun even if you doubt your race credentials. See the photos from last year.

The venue is also used for the Bristol Oktoberfest (see our Oktoberfest 2013 write up).

If you would like to join via mbswindon then please contact races @ mbswindon co uk before Friday 9th May.

We’ll be entering the Saturday 12 hour event so the options are: 1/2/4 riders, open/old gits/singlespeed, M/F/Mixed

Facebook event page.

Hargroves Demo Day 2014 at Croft Trail Swindon

2012_05_06 Sun Hargroves Demo Day 038

2012_05_06 Sun Hargroves Demo Day 036

After the success of the 2013 Hargroves Demo Day they are back with more bikes for you to try in 2014.

“We are delighted that this is the dourth year that we will be holding the Hargroves Cycles MBSwindon Demo day on the 4th May 2014 at the Croft Trail.”

Facebook event page.

Terms and Conditions

While in your possession, the bike you are riding is your responsibility. If you allow anybody else to ride the cycle, that too is your responsibility until the cycle has been returned. It is expected to get muddy and dirty, so have fun. However, it is your responsibility to pay for any damage resulting from misuse. A snapped chain or puncture is not considered to be misuse. Puncture repair facilities are available at base camp or if you are riding with a guide, they will be carrying essential tools.

Jump at Croft Trail in Swindon.

Any injury sustained when out on a bike is solely your responsibility. Hargroves Cycles Ltd, its staff or the manufacturers supplying bikes on the day, may not be held responsible.

1) You must wear a helmet at all times

2) Familiarise yourself with the bike; remember all bikes behave differently, so take your time to become familiar with the bike before tackling the course.
3) Keep both wheels in contact with the ground
4) Ask a member of staff; Hargroves Cycles staff along with bicycle manufacturer representatives are on hand to answer any questions you might have. Please let them help you set up the bike you choose to ride BEFORE you set off. This will provide a much better ride quality and also resist damaging the bike. Make sure you are riding an appropriate sized bike and don’t exceed the maximum seat height.

Annual General AGM Meeting 2014

Meeting curry beer clip art.

The MBSwindon club annual general meeting and review. It’s being held a the Sun Inn near Coate Water in Swindon.

There’s an optional chicken curry with rice/chips deal for £6. We’ll be eating once the AGM is finished. To book food then please contact chris @ mbswindon co uk.

In 2013 the meeting took just under 35 minutes and then we drank beer and stuffed our faces with curry.

There will be a quick review of the year, a look at our future plans, election of officers and answering of any questions members might have. Questions and feedback can be sent in advance via email to info @ mbswindon co uk.

All of the positions on the committee are open to election:MBSwindon agm 2013

  • Chairman
  • Events Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Ladies Officer
  • Membership Secretary
  • Social Events Officer

If you interested in standing for any of the above positions then email phil @ mbswindon co uk.

Facebook event page.

 

Red Kite Frozen Devil’s challenge

Downhill in mid Wales.This event is based at Llanwrtyd Wells in mid Wales and offers a 55km off road route.  More info on the Red Kite website. Discount available on accommodation. Email tom at mbswindon co uk for details. 

MBSwindon event facebook page.

Some write ups from similar events: Elan Valley Challenge, Devil’s MTB 2013 and 2012.  See some rides that we did with Red Kite events: Jubilee trip June 2012 , Crychan Forest Dec 2011, MIOWEOW 2011.

Llanwrtyd Wells is also home the Real Ale Wobble.

Croft Trail evening social/ride

Riding a berm at Croft Trails in Swindon.

An evening/night ride at The Croft Trail. All welcome of any ability level – no one gets left behind on our group rides.

Novice Friendly group starts a few minutes after the main group.

This is a great chance to be given a guided tour of the trails if you’ve never been before and a chance to see the improvements if you have.

Depending on the season then you might need lights. Contact us if you would like to borrow some lights.

Winter (Nov – March)
Proper off-road lights will be necessary, speak to us if you want some advice on how to get into night riding without spending hundreds! 

Spring (March – May)/ Autumn (September – October)
It will be light enough to ride the first lap or two without lights.
After that proper off-road lights will be necessary.

Summer (June – August)
It will be light enough to ride without lights.

We meet in the car park for 19:30, ready to leave at 19:35ish.

We go to the Check Inn at Wroughton after the ride too.

Ride report: belly buster recovery ride

Wet Marlborough Downs
Raining is it?

This was the belly buster recovery ride,  an annual institution for the club.   I can’t find any photographs from 2012. There are some from 2011 and the snow of 2010 though.

We had a sizeable group in the rain at Babury castle. I can’t remember exactly how many, but around fifteen. Phil Allum took us on a route that made the best out of the saturated ground. This introduced me to a new track descent near Ogbourne st Andrew that looks nothing special but was actually a real blast.

After a lot of mud slugging we had the joy of the road climb to the radio mast to contend with. Past this it was a scoot along the Ridgeway to another fun descent, as planned for the 2014 Prospect Hospice ride.

We called in at the Rockley bomb holes for a quick session. That was followed by uphill mud slugging. The Totterdown woods were bypassed to avoid mud. The last few sections of bridleway were suprisingly muddy considering how little mud we’d seen (sarcasm).

Fallen tree near Swindon.

We finished off with a blast along the tracks back to Barbury.

Thanks to Phil for leading and everyone for coming along.

Rockley bomb hole.
Rockley bomb hole.

View the route: OS Map    GPX – right-click and select “Save As” to save to your computer.