The mountain biking section is active throughout the year, rain or shine. We ride a mixture of cross-country, downland trails and single track. Weekly rides are run at different paces to cater for different levels of ability.
Weekday rides take place typically starting at 18:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The rides last approximately 2 hours, will end back at the start and usually be followed by food and drink at a pub. Tuesday rides may be longer in summer.
Weekend rides tend to start at 10:30 on Sunday and be a bit longer.
Tuesday rides tend to be at a fast pace, Thursday and Sunday at a moderate pace (including more stops). During Summer we also run lower pace rides on a Thursday.
Keep an eye on the Events Calendar and mountain biking WhatsApp group.
We occasionally arrange dedicated biking weekends away. Also, club multi-activity trips are usually in locations with good mountain biking, and will often see members doing some rides.
Other than a few lights for night-rides, the club doesn’t provide equipment for mountain biking. You’ll need your own bike.
Beginners are welcome to join the mountain biking section. To get the most out of it, you’ll want a little off-road experience and a bit of cycling fitness.
We grade our rides to help you work out which rides are for you:
On trips you’ll need to pay for travel and accommodation. If car-sharing, you might want to contribute some petrol money.
During Covid group sizes were limited, initially to pairs and then to fit with the rule of 6. These restrictions have since lifted.