Gloucester off-road cycling…

3638404360_3601f128d2For many years now the area around Gloucester has seen a growing mountain bike scene but 2016 is set to be one to remember with even more places to ride getting the go ahead.

Some projects have come and gone but the riders and the will to develope places to ride still remains…

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After 2 plus years and many many hours of stress and hard work the new 417 Project at Bentham, Gloucester, gets to open its doors on March the 14th. This 100 acre site has lots to offer with 3 downhill runs, plus a 4X track and massive jump area. Also 2 indoor  areas contain a jump park and a pump track.

This venue will be host to one of the rounds of the British 4X series along with another local venue Redhill Extreme.

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Another local attraction are the new mountain bike events at Ebworth Park, between Cranham and Sheepscomb.

Although this National trust venue is not open to the public between events its still another edition to the area and 2016 sees a host of attractions for the budding mountain biker.

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With an XC series called the MaD Dash in the Park, thats been running through the winter, The 3 round MaD Enduro kicking off in April and the MADORC 8 hour Mountain bike challenge event in July, theres a host of things to do.

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And theres more…

Again with a lots of hard work and never ending meetings and fund raising the long awaited Gloucester BMX track is set to get going this summer.

Located on the old Pitch and Putt field next to Riverside Leisure Centre, this regional standard track will be the home of the Gloucester BMC Club.

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This great addition to the area can only mean more youngsters getting involved in cycling and a few old schools guys dusting off their knee pads.

Its not only Gloucester, Leckhampton, near Cheltenham has just had a pumptrack awarded planning permission at Burrow Fields, again offering a fantastic introduction to offroad cycling for the next generation.

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Its still early days but you get the idea.

“great flowing xc along with some lung busting climbs”

Of course you may just want to get out on your mountain bike and take in the local trails for free. Cranham, the jewel in the crown and the surrounding woods have miles of mixed trails to die for, technical downhills, great flowing singletrack along with some lung busting climbs, its all here right on our doorstep. 

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Most of the locals will know Cranham and probably had a hand in forming many of the trails. Our rights to ride there are purely by negosiation and not a given so we are all need to look after this beautiful woodland.

You also have the trails over at Standish and Randwick, near Stroud and in the opposite direction Leckhampton over looking Cheltenham.

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image by Kasia Fizser

 

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Image from Andy Gardner

And there you have it, we could of course go on and mentioned the Forest of Dean, just 30 minutes away but thats another whole story.

Right now the people of Gloucestershire have a lot to celebrate so let the spring welcome in a summer of off road enjoyment.

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