Wednesday, 31 July 2013

"Twist & Shout" Resurfacing

As part of the government funded National Citizen Service Award Scheme, 46 young volunteers from Shugborough Outdoor Education Centre helped resurface over 100 metres of worn out trail on "Twist & Shout", the first section of Follow the Dog. Considering the inclement weather, this was an excellent achievement. The youngsters aged between 15 and 18 worked for four hours in the pouring rain only breaking for lunch. The existing trail was broken up, new material barrowed into place then raked and wackered flat.

Unfortunately, due to the saturated ground and surfacing material, we’ve had to leave the first part of the trail closed. After all, we don’t want to wreck the volunteer’s hard work. Following an inspect during the coming week, a decision will be made on when we’ll reopen it so until then, please follow the short diversion – thanks for your understanding.


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

110 miles in one day! UPDATE

UPDATE - Ellie completed her ride covering 111 miles in just over 13 hours.
For the full story, see Ellie's "Just Giving" page here.


One of our regular volunteers, Ellie Nadin, is riding from her backyard to Barmouth in one day .... that's 110 miles. What's most impressive is that she's only just turned sixteen!.

In her Dad's word's, "My once couch potato daughter is fast becoming a serious endurance mountain biker, with a goal of riding from home to Barmouth on the Welsh coast, 110 miles, on Saturday 3rd August to raise funds for the Donna Louise Trust, who provide hospice, terminal and respite care for life limited and terminally ill children in Staffordshire and Cheshire."

".... shes riding at every opportunity now, and after taking a day off for her 16th Birthday this week, she's put in over 150 miles in the last five days days alone ( very warm miles I might add!), including a 71 miler early on last Saturday morning."

She can't even be separated from her bike in her Prom Dress!

To find out the full story behind Ellie's challenge, watch this video.

If you'd like to support this great cause, which has just gone past the £800 mark and smashed her original target of £200, please visit Ellie's "Just Giving" page here.


Monday, 22 July 2013

Show your support ....

It may not benefit mountain biking directly but without National Lottery funding, The Monkey Trail would not exist.

Please show your support for other cycling projects by voting for the Sustrans Connects2 visiting the awards site here.


'Black Monkey' Closure - Sunday 28th July

For one day only, the black grade section of 'The Original Monkey' - soon to be signed as "Le Singe Noir" will be closed for essential maintenance. This is the section that starts by waymarker information post 'M3'.

The red grade route will be open as normal but we may ask riders to wait for a few moments as we move materials down the hill.


Mid-week building - Thursday 25th July

The next mid-week trail maintenance session will be this coming Thursday - meet outside Swinnertons Forest Cycle Centre at Birches Valley Visitor Centre for a 10am start.

Remember, you get a free car park pass for the day so why not bring your bike for a post build ride.


We're back online ....

I've been having a few computer based problems over the last couple of weeks so unfortunately our blog updates have suffered.

Recent work has included surfacing repairs and adding a drainage pipe to the 'Bomb Hole' berm. With the arrival of summer at long last, we're hoping that the sump will remain dry for a good while but you never know with our weather ....


Tuesday, 2 July 2013

'Bomb Hole' closure on Sunday 7th July - for one day only *

This is advance warning that we will be installing a drainage pipe in the 'Bomb Hole' berm this coming Sunday. It's the last berm that's in need of improved drainage - the results of all our handiwork on the other 20+ berms has been evident over the winter months .... drier feet for all.

* - if all goes to plan, the closure will only be for a few hours on Sunday.