World Class Mountain Bike Trail Opens in Sheffield
16 July 2015
Mountain bikers from Sheffield and beyond are invited to use a new mountain bike trail opened to the public this week.
World Mountain Bike Champion Steve Peat and professional mountain bike racer Annie Last joined Ride Sheffield, Go Outdoors and friends to officially open the trail based at the scenic Lady Cannings plantation in Ringinglow, Sheffield.
Led by Ride Sheffield the project is thought to be one of the first MTB trails in the UK where crowd funding has been used to drive investment, raising over fifteen thousand pounds.
Ride Sheffield worked collaboratively with a number of key Sheffield businesses, organisations and individuals to bring the project to life, including Sheffield City Council, Cotic Bikes, Avanti Conveyors and Norton Architects.
Following it’s two year crowd funding journey, Sheffield based outdoor retail chain Go Outdoors invested the final 5K to see the completion of the project and have also committed an overall 60K to support the further development of more trails in Sheffield’s woodland over the next couple of years.
Specialist trail builders Bike Track worked with Sheffield City Council to build the 1.4km blue trail which provides a challenge for riders of all abilities.
The trail’s less severe gradient makes it more appealing to less experienced riders while its free draining soil means that, even in the worst conditions, it can be ridden with little impact on the trail or the woodland environment.
Sheffield Mountain Bike legend Steve Peat explains; “The track is absolutely awesome. All the burns, little rollers and jumps; it’s just built so well. It’s got a lot of corners and turns that come back on themselves and this makes it really fun for young riders and anyone wanting to progress their riding.”
Situated on the edge of Houndkirk Moor close to the Peak District National Park, the trail is directly connected to the city via the Peak District Cycle route; a mere 20 minute ride from Sheffield centre.
Ride Sheffield is an advocacy group that uses the collective might of Sheffield’s prolific mountain bike community to improve, preserve and promote access interests for mountain bikers.
The opening of the trail is testament to the city’s passion for mountain biking and the growing momentum of Sheffield’s profile as The Outdoor City; the UKs leading destination for people seeking outdoor adventure, city culture and rural escapes.
For more information on Ride Sheffield’s great mountain bike work in the city visit www.ridesheffield.org.uk
For more information on Sheffield: The Outdoor City visit www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/the-outdoor-city
Photo credit: Duncan Philpott