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Jul
31
Thu
Bigfoot Extra Long XC Weekender – 7 Stanes, Scotland
Jul 31 @ 7:00 am – Aug 4 @ 12:30 pm

Thursday 31st July

AM travel leave Gloucester say 7-8ish as aim to get to the trail centre for 1ish so we can do a quick ride PM.  In terms of traveling best bet is to buddy up and talk amongst yourselves about car sharing as we have so many.  If you fancy a spot of late brekkie, Tebay services is great just north of Kendal http://www.tebayservices.com/.  They are the same people as the new Gloucester services BTW.

PM ride Mabie and meet from say 1pm onwards and people can take their pick on the trails but TBH the red is fine for all and is only 19K.  Afterward they have a skills area with some small jumps, small 4x track, some skinnies we can have a play on which is great fun  http://7stanesmountainbiking.com/Mabie .  Post code DG2 8HB.

Accommodation – we are all staying at a 20 person bunkhouse at the Galloway Activity Centre, follow link for directions http://www.lochken.co.uk/directions

Friday 1st August (pinch punch first day of the month)

This will be a good days riding so make sure you are well feed and watered.

AM ride Kirroughtree and people can take their pick – absolutely awesome trails!!!  http://7stanesmountainbiking.com/Kirroughtree and we can get lunch there in the café afterwards as the trails are fairly long and tough BTW

PM ride Dalbeattie and people can take their pick http://7stanesmountainbiking.com/Dalbeattie

Accommodation – we are all staying at a 20 person bunkhouse at the Galloway Activity Centre, follow link for directions http://www.lochken.co.uk/directions

Saturday 2nd  August

AM ride AE and everyone to ride the red http://7stanesmountainbiking.com/Ae/Ae-Line-Trail as its TBH not too bad just different paces required  They have a café so we can get a spot of food afterwards and the quicker rides can have a play on the drops at the end of the trail as well.

PM travel to Innerleithin, which will take 2ish hours

PM if people are feeling keen ride Inners red http://7stanesmountainbiking.com/Glentress—Innerleithen/Innerleithen-XC

If not just unpack and chill.  You can ride to the Inners red from the accommodation BTW as its only ½ mile away so maybe pitch up first unpack and then head out for about 2.5 hours.

Accommodation – we have two places in Inners due to the large number:

1 x 12 person place TWEED VALLEY BUNKHOUSE http://www.tweedvalleyholidaylets.co.uk/7.html  and 1 x 7/8 person place the BRAKEPAD http://www.mountainbikeapartments.com/index.php/apartments/

Sunday 3rd August

ALL DAY Glentress baby, can’t express how good it is. http://7stanesmountainbiking.com/Glentress—Innerleithen

They have a great café on site for lunch and you can ride from Inners to the trail centre, about 5 miles along a dedicated cycle route or drive if you are less than keen.

Again this will be a good days riding so make sure you are well feed and watered.

Accommodation – we have two places in Inners due to the large number:

1 x 12 person place TWEED VALLEY BUNKHOUSE http://www.tweedvalleyholidaylets.co.uk/7.html  and 1 x 7/8 person place the BRAKEPAD http://www.mountainbikeapartments.com/index.php/apartments/

Monday 4th August

We have to be out the apartments by 9:30 and can’t go back so ensure we are all packed

AM a quick tip toe back Glentress to run some of your favourites routes http://7stanesmountainbiking.com/Glentress—Innerleithen

PM travel home knackered!

People going (17 out of a possible 20) so yes there is still space:

 

Jason
David Tail Whipper
Simon P
Tim K
Jono (the one arm bandit)
Jon Brown
Dan W
Matt “Gigolo” R
Dean (of the Forest)
Train Driver Rob
Steve W
Dan K
Peter N
Dan A
Dean A
Mark S
Susanne

Accommodation details:

Galloway Activity Centre bunkhouse notes for Thur/Fri night

http://www.lochken.co.uk/accommodation/lodge

The bunkhouse is entirely self-contained with a fully equipped kitchen, a communal seating/eating area and 4 bathrooms.  Please remember to bring a sleeping bags and towels; we can supply linen for a £5.00 supplement if required.  We do have a cafe on site, if you do not wish to cater for yourselves, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We do ask that you book in advance if you wish to eat with us at all.   If there are any activities you’d like to do during your stay here then please let us know in advance.  There is secure bike storage available on site, access to this is available within reception opening hours. If you would like access to the storage out with these times, this is required to be pre-arranged.  If you arrive out with the main reception opening hours there will be a note on the main door of the club house indicating where you are staying and will have emergency contact details on. Your note will be marked with your surname.  We are a family friendly centre and therefore please be respectful of others, we operate a silent policy between 11pm and 7.30am

Inners accommodation Sat/Sun night:

We need to split the group into the apartments but:

The Brake Pad apartment  has 2 large bedrooms and sleeps up to 7 people comfortably an extra bed may be available at a small charge.  The first comes with ensuite shower and wc, the other bedroom has its own shower and wc. The spacious lounge has comfy seating a tv and dining table. The Lounge also seperates the bedrooms ensuring privacy if required, whilst the fully fitted kitchen is off the lounge with doors to the garden where you can relax and look out to the mountain that you have probably just been biking on.  The garden has the secure storage and washing facilities for bikes or other sporting equipment.

TWEED VALLEY BUNKHOUSE

A 12-person bunkhouse with large modern Kitchen, Dining Room and Games Room which has a snooker table.  The Lounge has an open fire and guests can pre-book fuel for use during their stay.  The Garage can be used to securely store biking and other sporting equipment and guests of both Weavers apartment and the Bunkhouse.

 

Other comments:

 

-       Remember just normal trail gear including knee pad and arm pads if you have them.

-       Remember could be wet so bring jackets

-       Groups will be split and each trails centre is different so the variety is epic.

-       Bring plenty of clothes as we are riding for a few days

-       There are plenty of bike shops if you need an urgent part so don’t everyone bring the kitchen sink of spares – normal rules apply maybe just a few extra inner tubes, a mech hanger, chain link, good tyres, spare set of brake pads, 3 litre bladder, good humour and plenty of stories.

-       Bring your own food for on the trail so energy bars/gels and energy drink, you will need it especially if hot

-       Eating, lots of options but bring a small bag of you own favourites like crisis, breakfast cereals just so you have essentials.

-       Buddy up for travelling start asking

-       Evening eating, there a few takeaways, restaurants or supermarkets or if you want to cook at base.  Thur/Fri there have a restaurant on site and this is in the middle of nowhere BTW

Aug
3
Sun
British 4x Series – Southwest
Aug 3 all-day

British 4x Series (Round 6)

Aug
5
Tue
Royal William – Bigfoot GB XC Weekly Club Ride
Aug 5 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Meeting place and directions: 

Royal William Pub Car Park Cranham, (A46)

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).

Aug
9
Sat
Alps MTB
Aug 9 – Aug 16 all-day

A week riding with Trail Addiction in Beaufort

http://www.trailaddiction.com/destination_x.php

British 4x Series – Falmouth @ Falmouth
Aug 9 – Aug 10 all-day

National Camps and Round 7

Aug
10
Sun
INTRODUCTORY XC RIDE – The George, Birdlip – 2 hours (and for club riders as well) @ The George, Birdlip
Aug 10 @ 9:45 am – 10:45 am

For all you budding mountain bikers come along for a 2 hour ride taking in some of the finest single tracks. The ride is aimed at poeple who are taking their second steps at mountain biking, members who have fallen of the wagon and need an incentive, experienced riders looking for others to ride with and explore. Pace is gentle and fun but you need to be able to ride off road for around 2 hours hours so some fitness is required, it is not a complete novice ride ;-)

To join a ride you’ll need:
Helmet. Probably the most important bit of kit you can buy – even more important than a bike!
An off-road capable bike in good mechanical order (if you’re not sure about this then get in touch and we’ll help out with advice etc.)
Some fitness! Quite how much is always a bit of a difficult one to judge, but as a rule of thumb if you can ride for 15 to 20 miles (on or off road) then you should be OK.
Some tools to help keep you self-sufficient (we can always help you out if you don’t know how to use them!), things like a spare inner-tube, tyre levers, small pump and a multi tool are a good starting point.
Some water and a snack to keep you going!

PS – and I would like to see all the club riders who have been in hiding for the last 12 months as well, this means YOU if you are reading this…and established club riders to help lead the flock!

The ride starts at 09:45am from the rear car park of The George, Birdlip, click line for location : https://goo.gl/maps/OUm8d

ride grade : GREEN / very LIGHT BLUE

Green grade: e.g. Introductory ride
Ride time, 2 hours maximum
Easy / relaxed pace
No jumps
No drops
Single track terrain
Some small climbing
Hard tail / full suspension bike suitable

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