Let there be light

As well as Cut Gate, the BMC are also behind the Great Ridge appeal in this year’s Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million campaign.

Tonight, hundreds of volunteers went up on to a very cold and very breezy ridge line overlooking Castleton to show their support. I was one of them. Shorts were a silly idea.

But looking out on that ridge it was breathtaking to see the support for the campaign represented – literally – in lights.

The BMC and the Peak District National Park Park have been fantastic in their support of our Cut Gate appeal. We’ve still some way to go, but seeing the entire length of the Great Ridge lit up from Mam Tor to Lose Hill is an inspiring and motivational sight.

My picture doesn’t do it justice but I’m sure the official shot will. Hopefully you’ll feel as inspired as I was.

There are events coming up in support of Cut Gate, but of course you might be inspired to do your own thing. Let me know.

Finally, thanks BMC for a great experience and thanks to all the marshalls and participants for supporting Mend Our Mountains.

Want to donate? Links here:

http://mendmountains.thebmc.co.uk/portfolio-item/great-ridge/

http://mendmountains.thebmc.co.uk/portfolio-item/cut-gate/

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A summer of ace Mend Our Mountains stuff coming up

The Mend Our Mountains Cut Gate appeal is one of the biggest crowd funders the mountain bike community has seen here in the U.K. It’s a huge thing for us all. Every single one of us can play a part – and if we all do, it’ll be just pennies we need to chip in! In fact, if each follower of KoftheP, Peak District MTB and Ride Sheffield put in an equal share, it’s just a few pounds each – less than a tenner – to make the target. (And just a little more if you’re in more than one group). It’s even less if you get your horse riding, fell running and walking friends behind it too. And your best mate, mum, dad, sister….

We can do this and show that the MTB community can make a real difference.

But hey, we might as well have a bit of fun on the way eh? So there’s a few events you can get involved in. First up:

June 24

MTB Dolly’s Mixer – social sponsored ride from Hayfield to Ringinglow

KoftheP follower MTB Dolly has planned a ride over the peak. Nice social pace and hopefully some pretty cool things included at the end. Tickets are on sale now!

July 14

The Steel Valley Ride. Brilliant support from the Steel Valley Project who are putting a chunk of their entry fee to the campaign. Absolute stars.

With over 3,500 feet of climbing the route is a great challenge, not for the faint-hearted!

Covering 31 miles through the dramatic landscape of the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park, it goes over the technical terrain of the iconic Cut Gate before dropping down to the Derwent Valley on a descent which will fuel your adrenaline.

Go on, challenge yourself!

And finally…

The Cut Gate raffle
We’ve got a great selection of prizes from some fantastic supporters. And when I say a great selection I mean it – The total booty is currently at about ¬£1500! I’m just annoyed I can’t enter it as I’m running the thing. Details coming up soon but keep an eye out online!

Why? This is why

A cut for Cut Gate

Are you selling any of your old parts soon? Having a clear out, spring clean or tidy?

If you are, why not put a bit of the cash you raise towards the #mendourmountains Cut Gate appeal?

Every penny helps out – so please chip in a bit: 1%? 2%? 25%?!

A cut for Cut Gate.

Chainsets for choppers… Seatposts for slabs… grips for grit…. (they took ages to think up – must be worth a few quid!)

I’ll be putting some of anything I sell to the appeal over the coming months so let’s smash the target.

ps: buy my old frame ūüėČ

Macclesfield Forest – what’s going on?

The ‘complete closure’ of Macclesfield Forest following Storm Emma has raised a few eyebrows, so I called United Utilities to find out more

Talking to United Utilities I’m assured that the whole forest is not closed – just a number of sections of footpaths and bridleways. These sections are where there has been a significant fall of trees – at times in the hundreds on single sections alone – and United Utilities’ harvesting team need to do a considerable amount of work to tracks or make safe sections where there are still branches and trees overhead at risk of falling.

I’m told that the biggest problem they are facing at the moment is people removing tape or signage explaining what’s going on and there is a legitimate safety concern about users on those paths. It’s not in their interest to simply blanket close paths and that’s not what’s going on.

I’m¬† also assured me that these closures are not a stepping stone to removing access to any user group in the forest. It’s purely so they can manage the removal, making safe and tidying of the hundreds of trees that have fallen throughout the forest. It will be restored to absolutely how it was before, I understand.

It sounds like the biggest challenge is that there are simply so many trees down that the closures and diversions seem like a blanket. It might take a while to sort it all out so the best advice is follow the signs on the paths and anticipate your planned Macc Forest ride might be affected.

I’ll stay in touch with UU plc to keep you updated.

Featured image: The copyright on this image is owned by Mike Shields and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 license.

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We’re fixing Cut Gate. Come and see us at SHAFF.

This year’s¬†Sheffield Adventure Film Festival and the Outdoor City Weekender, sees the official launch of the 2018 Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million campaign.

The bogs on¬†Cut Gate are in the campaign – we have an opportunity to sort them out¬†¬†–¬†but we need¬†donations from everyone if we’re to achieve the ¬£70,000 repair target.

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A lot of money means a lot of work right? No not really . It¬†sounds like it, granted, but¬†that’s mainly due to materials and access – flag works/drainage to¬†three of the worst sections over the bog of doom. There are no plans to sanitise or fully surface Cut Gate! It’s all about¬†sorting the bogs¬†while maintaining the character of the trail. The conversations have been led by mountain bikers too.

20171120_1532111829658479.jpgRide Sheffield, Peak District MTB and I¬†will be there with the BMC and the Peak District National Park at the launch event 6-7pm on Friday 9th March at the Showroom.¬† We’re also around on the Saturday so if you’re doing anything during the weekender, come in and say hi.

Watch this awesome vid and come and join us during the weekend.
https://shaff.co.uk/shaff18/mend-our-mountains-ii-launch

Most importantly, click here and DONATE!
http://mendmountains.thebmc.co.uk/portfolio-item/cut-gate/

Please share with any mountain bikers and outdoors folks you know.

 

Support #CutGate: get a discount at Adrenaline Cycles

The Mend Our Mountains Cut Gate appeal has got off to a flying start. With donations coming in from all corners it’s great to see the mountain bike community embrace it and play their part in protecting this iconic trail.

But there’s still a long way to go – which is why it’s great to see support from Nottingham Bike shop Adrenaline Cycles.

Kevin has offered ¬£5 off a basic service for anyone contributing to the #cutgate pot . So if you’re down that way and need a bike servicing, do your bit for Cut Gate and get clean bill of health for your bike!

Details here

Adrenaline Cycles on Facebook

Cheers Adrenalin Cycles!

 

  • What do you mean you haven’t heard of the Cut Gate thing? Get on this!¬†http://mendmountains.thebmc.co.uk/portfolio-item/cut-gate/

To convert the herd, got to spread the word…

As you know, KoftheP is a simple idea; you ride your bike and then tweet what the conditions were like on the ground. On the back of that riders can choose where to ride so that it’s not just a slog through mud. Also, the muddy bits get chance to recover.

Pretty simple.

But the Twitter feed only hits certain people, and rarely non-bikers. So it’s important to be able to take what we all do to those other groups.

The Cut Gate thing has been ace in showing that we are a responsible bunch and has led to some great conversations with other users. I’m looking forward to seeing that collaboration grow.

But it’s brilliant too to get the message into the mainstream media and maybe into the minds of those who perhaps have a different, less positive view of the mountain biking community.

You might have seen this week’s Sheffield Telegraph where I’m posing badly and freezing my tweets off. It was in The Star too.

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It’s a small thing but hopefully it’ll get into non-riders’ minds that we’re a decent bunch really and we can all get on on the trails and more importantly; work together to improve them.

So that’s why I’m in the paper.

You know all the stuff going on locally that shows what mountain bikers do for the area – you just need to look at Peak District MTB’s and Ride Sheffield’s pages for examples on the ground.

If you want science, you can look at the work of Marion & Wimpey, Pickering et al or Thurston and Reader to know that the impact we all have on the landscape is comparable.

But ultimately it’s better just to have a chat, do our bit for the Peak District and to put it simply: Be Nice, Say Hi and always wear your pants on the outside.

*thanks David Bocking for the piece and Sheffield Telegraph and The Star for running the story.

Apologies Shed Seven and Adam West.