Join CTC affiliate club, BucksMTB, for a great introduction to mountain bike riding in the Chilterns this year on one of their regular weekend group rides.
BucksMTB members have been riding and promoting mountain biking in the Chilterns for many years and have built up a wealth of experience and knowledge of routes in the area. In 2013 with the help of Cycle Chilterns funding, five more group members were trained on the CTC’s Mountain Bike Leader Course to become ride leaders.
The extra ride leaders now means the group can increase the number of ‘open group rides’ they offer and will be organising one a month from March to September aimed at novice riders, families groups and beginners. The rides are open to CTC members and non-members. Registration is required to take part in a ride.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
How much: Free!
Who are the rides for: Novices/intermediates. All children 16 or under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 17 and 18 year olds will need a ride disclaimer form signed by a parent or guardian.
What to bring: A mountain bike in good working order, appropriate clothing, food and drink. More advice is available on the BucksMTB website.
Safety: Helmets MUST be worn during the rides.
BRIEF RIDE DETAILS
When: Saturday 1st March 2014 (read the ride report)
Start/End Location: Bluebell Tearooms, Marsworth. Area: Marsworth/Ivinghoe
Start time: 9:45am for 10am ride start Distance: 18 miles
When: Sunday 6th April 2014
Start/End Location: Costa Coffee, Cardain House, Burkes Road, Beaconsfield
Area: Beaconsfield/Penn, Buckinghamshire
Start time: 9:30am (finish by 1pm ish) Distance: 12 miles
When: Saturday 3rd May 2014 Christmas Common “Bluebells Ride”
Start/End Location: Skirmett Road car park, Mill End nr Hambleden Area: Hambleden Valley
Start time: 9.45 for 10am start (3-4 hours) Distance: 16-17 miles
When: Sunday 1st June 2014 “Historic Ride”
Start/End Location: Great Missenden train station Area: Great Missenden/Chequers
Start time: 9.30 (finish by 1pm) Distance: 16 miles
Details: Aimed at beginner and intermediate riders with some mountain biking experience but an average level of fitness required. A historical themed ride taking in the Prime Minister’s weekend home of Chequers and the local Manor House and grounds of Hughenden Manor.
When: Saturday 5th July 2014 “Family Ride”
Start/End Location: Wendover Woods car park Area: Wendover Woods
Start time: 10am (finish by 2pm) Distance: 5-10 miles
When: Sunday 3rd August 2014 “Phoenix Trail Family Route”
Start/End Location: Princes Risborough Area: Phoenix Trail
Start time: 9.30 – 1pm Distance: 10 miles
When: Saturday 6th September 2014
Start/End Location: Whiteleaf Cross car park Area: Whiteleaf
Start time: 10am (finish by 2pm) Distance: 10+ miles (for novices and intermediates)
When: Sunday 5th October 2014
Start/End Location: Cafe in the Woods, Wendover Woods Area: Wendover Woods
Start time: 10am (3 hours) Distance: 7-8 miles (for families, novice and intermediate)
HOW TO BOOK A PLACE
Registration for all rides is mandatory. To book online visit the BucksMTB website