Meet Jason Budd. Climber, clock repairer, bike packer, tour guide, coach, professional Yorkshireman and all round good bloke.
Jas in his natural environment
Despite his mental calendar, over the August Bank holiday weekend Jason is doing something pretty amazing for the Mend Our Mountains Cut Gate appeal and advocacy in general.
He’s going to ride from the Dales Bike Centre to the Hope Valley, linking up as many of the crown jewels of the various advocacy groups as possible on the way. It’s an ace plan and we can’t thank Jason enough for taking it on. He’s already helped out with the Dolly Mixer and will be at the Steel Valley Ride this weekend too. The man’s an advocacy machine. Anyway, over to Mr Budd himself
Over the August bank holiday I will be cycling from the Dales Bike Centre in Reeth to Cafe Adventure in the Hope Valley in Derbyshire.
I intend to do this using as many bridleways as possible calling by the MTB advocacy areas of Hebden Bridge (Ride Calderdale), Marsden (Ride Kirklees) and finishing off in Hope (Peak District Mtb)
I will be doing this with no accommodation booked en-route, no support vehicle. Just my bike and bikepacking kit and see how it goes.
Please help to raise the necessary funds to support the BMC Mend Our Mountains campaign to repair the path over the bog of doom on the famous Cut Gate bridleway.
This bridleway is one of the most fantastic and beautiful routes in the UK, stretching in the south from Ladybower, over the wild moorland tops to Langsett in the north. We need to raise £75 000 to carry out the work to lay a path through the bogs of doom Every metre of bridleway will cost £250 so every little helps..
Why not stick a few pennies in the pot? Visit his justgiving page to find out more
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:
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!
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!
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!
It’s not every day you find yourself in the Houses of Parliament. But today, me and Si from Ride Sheffield went along to the official launch of the Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million campaign – representing the Cut Gate project alongside the Peak District National Park.
With talks from the BMC and Alan Hinkes OBE – the only Briton to have climbed all 14 mountains over 8000 metres – the campaign kicked off with great support from the hundred or so present, under the watchful eyes of Cromwell and Churchill.
It was amusing to hear “we’ve even got some mountain bikers here” at one point, but said in good humour it was recognition of where we are as a group now – getting a fair say in decisions that affect us.
Take a look at the vid I’ve quickly put together featuring Sarah Fowler, Chief Exec of the Peak District National Park Authority , the ever erudite Si and some fella from Peak District MTB talking about Bob Geldof.
What a start to the campaign – thanks to everyone for your support so far. Now it’s over to you!