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Mountain biking, mince pies and mulled wine

Woman with mug of hot chocolate.
Jodie at half time break.

Going back to the routes of the club we will be hosting an event at the trail from 10:00 until 14:00, you can pop over whenever suits you and join us for a lap or two followed by cup of something hot and a bit of something sweet. It’s a chance to chat bikes, components and routes. We’ll light the fire so you can keep warm and toast marshmallows for a bit of energy.

As it’s in the run-up to Christmas, why not decorate your bike with a bit of tinsel or go for the full on fancy dress.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

The Beast of Barbury – 11th Jan 2015

Barbury Castle.
Barbury Castle.

The hard Tom Scott will be leading this hard ride.  There will be at least three hard climbs up to Barbury Castle and another two major climbs elsewhere.  This will be a real test of endurance and not for the faint hearted, but if you’re hard enough then this is for you.

There will be a cafe stop at Avebury about half way round, but bring water and high energy food, as well as the usual spares.

You will be wet, muddy and  tired by the end of this ride, but you will have the satisfaction of completing one of the toughest local rides we’ve ever put on!

And if it all gets too much, the entire ride is based close to Barbury so there are plenty of opportunites to bail out….

MBSwindon Christmas party 2014

Christmas party hats and beard

Well, believe it or not I heard “Fairytale of New York” the other day which must mean it’s almost time for the MB Swindon Christmas do.

This year we’ll be dining at Mackenzies in Old Town, £26.95 per person for a 3 course meal. Email chris@mbswindon.co.uk for menu and payment details. As always payment confirms your place and all payments must be made by 12th December at the very latest please.

Always a good night this, a good chance to socialise and see what everyone looks like when they’re not covered in mud! Get booked up folks.

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.

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.

Trail build report: triangle resurfacing

Mountain bike trail surfacing.This was our last build day of the year. The plan was to fix and resurface a few muddy patches in the triangle using material that we’d moved on the previous build day

Phil Mayger,  Kristian Price, Chris Macnamara and myself (Tom) were there from the start. On the walk down to the triangle we found the missing stash of  gravel sacks….in the river. It looked like they’d blown there in the recent high winds. That was a mystery solved anyway.

We decided to start at the furthers point from the gravel stash. A few puddles were drained out, gabion was tipped in and then the whole lot was resurfaced and compacted. Kristian built a few bits of wooden edging too.

Chris and Kristian left. Chris was replaced by another Chris (Hopkinson).  After some very busy build days it looked like this one was going to be quiet. Not to worry. We were making good progress.

Gravel sacks at a mountain bike trail.

Reinforcements turned up in the afternoon: Steffan James, Paul Kidd and Richard Ford. By about 3pm we’d moved all of the available gravel. It was soon dusted and compacted. Finally some drainage channels were dug and then we called it a day.

Great work. Thank you everyone who turned up.

Newly surfaced trail at a mountain bike track.

We’d already fixed some of the triangle area in April 2013. The triangle was dug out in June, July and August 2011 surfaced in September & October 2011, January 2012 and then topped up in Sept 2012 (more).

Build progress at the Croft Trail in Swindon. Dec 2013.

Some build day turnout highlights (not based on an exhaustive study).

Build diary.

Trail build day

2012_12_15 Trail Building 097After a long gap over the summer we will be back working on the trail. It’s in great shape now.

We’ll mainly be fixing up a patches of trail ready for the winter. We’ll have a load of material on site and the power barrow.

As with all of our build days you are free to turn up or leave whenever you want. We’ll be meeting at 10am in the car park. After that walk round until you find us.

Facebook event page.

See the build diary for previous trail build activity.

 

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.