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Our apologies for the late notice, but this ride has now been cancelled.
Following the Wansdyke, the Ridgeway and the Wessex Ridgeway we will do large loop from Small Grain to Avebury returning via Cherhill. We will be taking in some new sections of trail for a route in the area so those that have ridden with me before should still be treated to something new.
This route is actually the reverse of a solo ride I did recently as I thought it would be better the other way round and it means we get a 2km fast grassy descent included!
Please bring enough food and drink for a 3-4 hour ride as there are no planned cafe stops. However, if we are treated with a pleasant day, we could stop for a cuppa in Avebury.
Due to the distance it may not be suitable for novice riders but it wont be a technically demanding ride so anyone with an average fitness level who can ride a bike should be ok.

Barbury Beast

Tom Scott will be leasing this MBS Club ride, probably not for the novice
Prepare yourselves for a long day in the saddle for an all day adventure. Tom Scott will be leading this ‘longer than usual’ ride around the local area taking in all our favourite bits.
Please bring food, tools, food, spares, food and drink, oh, and more food… and make sure you have appropriate clothing for a day out on high ground in poor weather conditions.
This ride will be ridden at a relaxed pace, and the route may be cut short if the weather or ground conditions are very bad.
The aim is to be back at Barbury by 4pm, so bring lights if you are planning to ride up from home.

Aldbourne Odessey

This novice friendly ride is a re-run of an enjoyable route from 2014. The  route is a 21 mile circular loop from Barbury Castle via Liddington and Aldbourne.  There is some climbing involved, but that also means some fun descents.

The ride will be at a steady pace (the ride leader does not do much faster than that).  As with all novice friendly rides we will regroup at the top of all climbs and give everyone a chance to get their breath back.  There is some climbing, but also some fun descents.

The ride report from the 2014 ride can be found here.

Ride Report – Richard’s Rasher(less) Run.


Mickys Marlborough Cafe Stop

The ride is suitable for anybody who is capable of riding mainly off road for approx 4 hrs, the route is a non technical with a cafe stop after approx 15 miles. (There are sections of country lanes and B roads and half a mile on an A road)

The first part of the ride leaves Coate water following cycle route 45 to Chiseldon. This includes a short sharp climb.We will then join the old Ridgeway for a few miles which takes us up a steady climb to the bottom of Barbury castle. From Barbury castle we join the Ridgeway for another steady climb to Hackpen hill. The route so far is all perfectly rideable but can have some big puddles in wet conditions.

From Hackpen Hill we follow the road for approx 100 yards towards Marlborough before turning off down a bridleway for a nice descent. Though not technical the bridleway has numerous water bars going across which are all rideable. We then ride a couple of miles of undulating country lanes, followed by a half mile climb up a bridleway. We then head over the Downs towards Manton.

This part of the ride will include bridleways,a muddy wood and a tarmac descent. The ride into Marlborough is along the A4 for about half a mile. We will stop at a cafe for refreshments before we leave Marlborough and ride approx 10 miles along the old railway line back to Chiseldon and then back down to Coate Water.

Things you will need: Inner tubes,pump,basic tool kit,suitable clothing,water.

Things to remember: There are 2 long climbs on rideable surfaces,26 miles can feel longer off road if the weather/conditions are not great.

Randwick slide fest

Gary Palmer will be showing us the delights of the trails in Randwick Woods.  Having been there a few times I can say that there is some brilliant riding there.  Gary writes

“The distance won’t be massive, there will a fair bit of climbing
Some of the runs will not be for the faint hearted, especially as it’s likely to be wet

There will be lots of smiles for miles”

By road
3 miles (4.8km) north-west of Stroud, between A419 and A46. Follow Whiteshill/Edge road from Stroud. One mile (1.6km) after Whiteshill village at the top of the hill take left-hand turn signposted to Haresfield. Follow this lane for approx. ½ mile (0.8km) and Shortwood car park is on left-hand side. Take care as it’s a narrow entrance
Parking: Shortwood car park (National Trust, grid ref SO832086)
SatNav: Postcode for car park is GL6 6PP


MBS Quantocks Ride – Oct 2016

Fancy something different to trail centre? This is a classic mountain bike route with some of the best natural riding in Britain. It’s going to be an all day ride covering most of the Quantocks area. We will start at Holford and climb up through the tree covered combe, taking in the leafy autumnal scenery. Reaching the top to catch your first breath, you are rewarded with spectacular views of the Bristol channel. Back on the bike, we take one of the many descents down before we ride back up again over the moors to explore some more other combes. It’s all natural riding with a good mix of terrain interspersed with many water crossings. We will also get a chance to ride some of the DH and Enduro tracks at Triscombe and Great Wood. The best is saved till last when we return back to Holford and finish on the grand finale descent. This is not a ride for novices. It will be physically demanding with a lot of climbing and pushing as well some quite technical descents. Distance will be 30-40km and will be 4-5 hours. It’s your chance to squeeze in one more ride before the clocks go back. You also get an extra hour in bed to recover – result! Oh, there is a pub at the start and finish.

We’ll meet at the Plough Inn car park, Holford at 10:00 29th October 2016

Cafall does it

Cwmcarn is our nearest Welsh trail centre.  It offers two red graded trails Twrch and Cafall.  We went and rode Twrch earlier in the year so this time we are returning to tackle Cafall.

The ride will be taken at a steady pace (the ride leader can’t go much faster) and no one will be left behind.  The trail has a fair amount of climbing and some features that place it above novice level.  However everything on the trail is rollable and can be tackled by most riders.  As a gauge for those who rode at Brechfa there is nothing there harder than on the Gorlech trail.

There will be the option to ride Twrch afterwards for those who want to make more of a day of it.




The Full Ponty


You can leave your hat on if you like, but I would recommend a helmet and to strap yourself in for a 60km South Wales epic!
Starting in Pontypool and winding our way up the valley to Blaenavon and back we will experience some of the wonders of the Welsh valley where your ride leader grew up.
“Sounds easy that does butt!”
Well its not…  We will climb the height of Ben Nevis (not Snowdon, Ben Nevis) on this ride and will likely be in the saddle for around 5-6 hours. It will be worth it though as we will be taking in some of the best bits from our previous visit to Blaenavon and will be adding some more views in to keep you eyes and camera’s happy and enough trail riding to keep your riding skills in check.
There will be no planned cafe stops so you will need to pack a lunch and plenty of snacks.