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Jul
22
Tue
Standish – Bigfoot GB XC Weekly Club Ride @ Standish wood stone car park, call me for directions if needed.
Jul 22 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Introduction

Below are the details for both the Green and Blue (GB) Grade Bigfoot MBC weekly rides.  We will meet and ride with the same timings, however the group will split at the start in to two groups.

Ride Leaders

Ride Lead Green: Kev D

Ride Lead Blue: Paul W

Grade:

Green group: Medium intermittent pace with rest stops as needed, steep climbs and descents and  rooty/stoney technical single track.

Blue group: Medium-high constant pace, steep climbs and descents and rooty/stoney technical single track.

Kit list:

  • Helmet  (mandatory);
  • Gloves (advisable);
  • Drink (advisable);
  • Elbow/ knee pads (advisable);
  • Hard tail/ Full Suss (advisable);
  • Energy food (advisable);
  • Waterproof shell (advisable).

Suggested spares list:

  • Spare inner tube;
  • Puncture repair kit;
  • Pump;
  • Multi tool/Chain tool;
  • Missing Link;
  • Spare derailleur hanger (emergency or suited to bike).

Meeting place and directions: 

Standish Woods Car Park

Jul
23
Wed
North Nibley – jump, drops and schweet runs @ North Nibley
Jul 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

6:30 pm start from the lay-by (you can (will) park here BTW) by the church in North Nibley for a trip up the hill to run Nibley’s finest technical runs, drops and jumps. Its like Stinchcombe but a bit bigger.  There is some really big jumps and new woodwork as well and plenty of runs.

Ride grade – BLUE / RED / BLACK really all depends how hard you want to push it – you need a bike with suspension and pads and the likelihood of both wheels off the ground, very likely indeed. Ride grading link here http://www.bigfootmbc.co.uk/rides/

Click link for google map to start point https://goo.gl/maps/fqB9T

Jul
26
Sat
Bontrager 24/12
Jul 26 – Jul 27 all-day

Bontrager Twentyfour12 is an endurance Mountain Bike Race around a course of approximately 12-14km, entirely off road. As the name suggests there are multiple races taking place at the same time on the same course a 24hour race, a 12hour one starting at midday and another 12 hour one at Midnight- the Torchbearer12. The venue offers space and facilities for camping, all on site. The venue is perhaps England’s finest with beautiful scenery, a flat arena/camping area complimented by a course that has been host to five rounds of the Cross Country World Cup in the 1990s and continues to have a superb reputation for variety and fun riding and is able to withstand some horrible weather and still be rideable.

The idea is quite simple, you race as many laps as you can in the time allowed and as long as you have started a lap before the finish time you will be able to complete it. There are lots of different categories in each race and there should be something that appeals to all levels and ability of rider from novices through to very experienced and all levels of equipment and lighting. The main 12 and 24 hour races start at midday on Saturday the 7th of July, the 12hour race finishes at midnight with the 24hour one continuing onto Midday on Sunday. As one 12 hour race finishes then another begins as the Midnight category breathes new riders onto the course. The venue has lots of space for camping with showers, toilets, water, trade stands, bike shops, bike wash, massage, entertainment and mechanic support, plus our lighting partners Exposure will be on hand to keep your batteries charged throughout the night. All you need to do is bring your bike, helmet, a set of lights (the info below may give you an idea of how good they need to be), a tent (or caravan/motorhome) and get entered.

Another FoD Blue XC ride (if the weather holds!) 3-4hrs @ Ellwood Forestry Commission Car Park
Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Bear with me – this is the first ride I’ve posted since the website has been changed….

As I couldn’t make last weekends FoD ride, and trying to take advantage of the amazing weather, I’m planning another one this Saturday morning. Its looking like the serious rain is going to pretty much stay away until Saturday evening – everything crossed :-)

Starting at Ellwood Forestry Commission car park (see google map above) I’m going to ride as many of the Shutcastle and Dowies trails as possible, along with Ceris, Tramway, Dr Johns etc and maybe more, time/weather/exhaustion level dependant :-) We’ll probably do some of the climbs a few times to sample the different descents by the way, so that you know what to expect.

Blue pace at best, the ride will be between 3 and 4 hours depending on how things go.

 

 

Jul
27
Sun
Champs Elysees Sunday by Eastgate Cycles @ The Cider Tree at the Coach and Horses
Jul 27 @ 8:30 am – 2:15 pm

Eastgate Cycles are planning a social bike ride maybe including some cobbles and some laps to finish , followed by eats and treats at the pub watching the final stage of the tour.

Eastgate Cycles Ltd are organising a 60km social bike ride, including some laps of a Gloucester “landmark” (http://www.strava.com/segments/7664711) and some cobbles to finish (Kingsholm Road – it’s shocking).
Followed by a eats and treats at the pub, watching the final stage of le Tour de France and partaking in a sprint* finish challenge on a static bike.

Prizes will be awarded for best climber, best sprinter and best overall. If anyone qualifies (chances) then there might even be a young rider award too!

Bring the family as we will have a BBQ and bouncy castle for the kids.

*It can neither be confirmed or denied that Mark Cavendish will be in attendance and steal the KOM.

So this is the route for Champs-Élysées Sunday.
Holybush climb will be set as a segment on Strava for the King of the Mountain award.
GC will go to the fastest time from and to Over roundabout
The Sprint will take place at the pub on a static bike set for 300m
Male and female prizes obviously.
We will be doing young rider prizes on the static bike for under 14 and under 10.
http://connect.garmin.com/course/7306526

 

Jul
29
Tue
Selsley – Bigfoot GB XC Weekly Club Ride
Jul 29 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Introduction

Below are the details for both the Green and Blue (GB) Grade Bigfoot MBC weekly rides.  We will meet and ride with the same timings, however the group will split at the start in to two groups.

Ride Leaders

Ride Lead Green: Kev D

Ride Lead Blue: Paul W

Grade:

Green group: Medium intermittent pace with rest stops as needed, steep climbs and descents and  rooty/stoney technical single track.

Blue group: Medium-high constant pace, steep climbs and descents and rooty/stoney technical single track.

Kit list:

  • Helmet  (mandatory);
  • Gloves (advisable);
  • Drink (advisable);
  • Elbow/ knee pads (advisable);
  • Hard tail/ Full Suss (advisable);
  • Energy food (advisable);
  • Waterproof shell (advisable).

Suggested spares list:

  • Spare inner tube;
  • Puncture repair kit;
  • Pump;
  • Multi tool/Chain tool;
  • Missing Link;
  • Spare derailleur hanger (emergency or suited to bike).

Meeting place and directions: 

Sainsburys Side Road
Selsley Hill
Dudbridge
Stroud
GL5 3HG

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