Our club has two mountain bike coaches, Matt based at Kids Saturday Bike Club and Joe, who is currently undertaking training, as well as growing numbers of riders not only riding for pleasure but racing both regionally and nationally. Specific MTB training will be offered at our Cyclo-Cross training sessions in future. We work closely with Shibden CC providing skills and training to their youth riders, and who provide several MTB rides during the week.
About Mountain Biking:
Mountain bike racing takes place in a variety of off-road venues. Cross-country races often use parkland, woodland and forestry sites, with the terrain chosen to incorporate climbs, descents and technical features. Looped courses are designed and built specifically for events by skilled course designers, with man-made technical features such as ‘rock gardens’ incorporated to increase the technical challenge.
Regional Cross Country Competitions are run by Nutcracker MTB Racing as well as British Cycling National Series. There is hopefully going to be a local MTB centre opening in Middleton in Leeds in the Summer called Leeds Urban Bike Park
Downhill courses are shorter point-to-point courses exploiting a venue’s steep terrain, incorporating technical features such as rocks, tree roots, jumps and drop-offs. Like cross-country courses, these tracks are often created specifically for events or form part of a trail centre or bike park’s established courses.
Away from racing, the ‘venue’ for recreational mountain biking is huge; it’s the great outdoors. Britain’s network of bridleways and other legal rights of way extends to thousands of miles. For the adventurous type with a bike and an Ordnance Survey map, it’s ripe for exploration. If, however, you like your riding more ‘point and shoot’, mountain bike trail centres are where it’s at, with way-marked, graded routes, generally in forestry land, with all the amenities such as bike hire, bike wash, bike shop, cafe and changing facilities provided. Think of them as one stop shops for mountain bikers.
Local cross country races are in various locations in Yorkshire and nearby counties. The Nutcracker MTB Series is one of them.
Also new venue, Leeds Urban Bike Park at Middleton will be organising soon.
Further Details are on the British Cycling Website: Nutcracker Series
There is also the Midlands XC Series: Midlands XC MTB Series Events
For other Mountain Bike Events, such as Enduro, check our the Pennine Mountain Bike Association (PMBA) for more things to try on a Mountain Bike. Some of our riders are taking part in Enduro events including one of our Youth Development Squad Riders.
Details are here: PMBA Events and Information
For National Events there is the 2018 British Cycling MTB Cross-country Series. More details are on the British Cycling Website: National XC MTB Series