All Events Calendar

Check out the calendar to see all our events below

But don’t forget if you just want to see if anyone’s about for a ride, you can post in our Facebook group 🙂

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1
2
3
4
5
Wednesday GetintoMTB 6:00 pm
Wednesday GetintoMTB @ Croft Cycle Trail
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday GetintoMTB @ Croft Cycle Trail
Wednesday rides are back with a new format. The evening will be split into two parts: 6-7pm will be a Croft trail ride, laps of the trail (when it gets lighter we will also be … Continue reading Wednesday GetintoMTB
6
7
8
9
Cotswolds Pretty Rocky Ride 10:00 am
Cotswolds Pretty Rocky Ride @ The Carpenter's Arms, Miserden
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cotswolds Pretty Rocky Ride @ The Carpenter's Arms, Miserden
Although we go south of Swindon lots, but we’ve not yet done a trip to the north, so let’s change that! Starting in the village of Miserden, just north of Cirencester, we will do a … Continue reading Cotswolds Pretty Rocky Ride
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
SMTBE Saunter to the Summer Solstice Sunrise 2:30 am
SMTBE Saunter to the Summer Solstice Sunrise @ The Bayberry
Jun 21 @ 2:30 am – 8:00 am
SMTBE Saunter to the Summer Solstice Sunrise @ The Bayberry
Debbie had this great(!) idea to ride over to Avebury to see the the Summer Solstice sun rise, in order to do this we have undegone the club ride leader training as we’re the only … Continue reading SMTBE Saunter to the Summer Solstice Sunrise
22
GetintoMTB – Part 2 Swinley Forest 10:00 am
GetintoMTB – Part 2 Swinley Forest
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
GetintoMTB - Part 2 Swinley Forest
The next stop on Mandy’s Get (Back) Into Mountain Biking series will take us to Swinley. It’s a step up from Ashton Court with a longer trail, more climbing and steeper descents, but it’s a … Continue reading GetintoMTB – Part 2 Swinley Forest
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30

 

Jun
21
Fri
SMTBE Saunter to the Summer Solstice Sunrise @ The Bayberry
Jun 21 @ 2:30 am – 8:00 am
SMTBE Saunter to the Summer Solstice Sunrise @ The Bayberry

Debbie had this great(!) idea to ride over to Avebury to see the the Summer Solstice sun rise, in order to do this we have undegone the club ride leader training as we’re the only two barmy enough to want to do it at the moment. Excitingly this will be our first event as ride leaders so more than a good enough reason to get out of bed and join us 😀

The plan is nothing more than to cycle to Avebury to see the sunrise and then back (always maintaining a group), the pace will be slow and steady to suit those in attendance and suitable for all abilities and fitness levels. It is approximately 15 miles out and a similar distance back (the exact route will be reccied Thursday 6/6 and once done this event post will be amended to suit so stay tuned for further details).

Due to the start time and off road nature of this route you will need lights, a bike in good working order and of course a helmet. It would also be a good idea to bring water and something to eat, there may be food/coffee for sale there but this isn’t guaranteed.

Sunrise times…
London 04h43
Stonehenge 04h52

Jun
22
Sat
GetintoMTB – Part 2 Swinley Forest
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
GetintoMTB - Part 2 Swinley Forest

The next stop on Mandy’s Get (Back) Into Mountain Biking series will take us to Swinley. It’s a step up from Ashton Court with a longer trail, more climbing and steeper descents, but it’s a great place to get used to riding at a trail centre and everything we do will be suitable for novice riders.

We’ll start with a lap of the green trail to get everyone warmed up and then do a lap of blue. The blue trail is 9km (5.5 miles) with some moderate climbs, berms, and fun descents. We will take it at a pace to suit the group and stop to look at each section before we ride it. Adrian will be on hand again to offer coaching advice.

The car park at Swinley gets very busy so please arrive in plenty of time. We will meet at The Bike Hub ready to ride at 10am.

Parking is £2 for 4 hours or £4 all day. There is a cafe, toilets, and bike hire facilities.

Helmets are compulsory.

Jul
14
Sun
Lydiard Park Family Picnic @ Lydiard Park
Jul 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Lydiard Park Family Picnic @ Lydiard Park

We would like to invite everyone and their families to celebrate the start of the summer.

We will meet at the children’s play area at 11am, find a good picnic spot nearby and enjoy some family time, playing games such as rounders, football, frisbee and anything else we can find in the shed!!!! We will be close to the play area, cafe, toilets and most importantly the ice cream parlour!!!

Bringing bikes is optional. We will be there to take small groups around the outside of the park, if required.

Most importantly we want everyone to come together to have some family fun.
Don’t forget to bring a picnic and a picnic blanket and/or chairs to sit on.

Jul
19
Fri
Ladies Exmoor Adventure @ Porlock
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 21 @ 4:00 pm
Ladies Exmoor Adventure @ Porlock
This year’s ladies away trip sees us heading to Exmoor for a fun weekend of fantastic views, great riding and bags of fun!
We will be based in the town of Porlock, near Minehead and we will head down there after work on the Friday, where most of us will be setting up camp at Sparkhayes campsite (details further down). For those that don’t wish to camp, there are a variety of B&Bs and pubs to stay in – comment below if you want that option and I can suggest some places for you.
 
Friday night we will be getting settled in and have a few welcome drinks in one of the excellent local pubs.
 
Saturday is the big ride – our Seaside big one! Don’t worry, it’s not huge, 28km in fact, but with a fair bit of climbing that will gives us some amazing views of the sea and surrounding hills. We head out up Bossington Hill, which you can see from the campsite, before taking the ridge to Bratton. The return takes us via Selworth Combe, after which there will be an opportunity to visit the fantastic tea rooms at Horner and we will finish at Porlock Weir for a drink by the seaside.
 
Sunday we have two shorter rides on offer. The first is our Dunkery Dabble. Just under 10km, it does have a couple of steep bits in it, but we will take these at a gentle pace. The rewards though are some amazing views back towards the sea and some really fun descents in an idillic setting, complete with optional water crossings!
After this ride we will stop at the Horner tea rooms for a spot of lunch. If anyone needs to head back early, they can at this point, or stay on for the afternoon ride. This will be a quick 15km route from Horner out to the woods of Wootton Common and back. The way out and back are relatively flat, with the bulk of the climb at Wootton Common itself – a great way to finish a great weekend of riding.
 
All of these rides will be rides will be led by myself, supported by other ride leaders from the club, who are also first aid trained.
 
For more information about accommodation or anything else on the weekend, send an email to admin@swindonmtbenthusiasts.co.uk .
 
Sparkhayes campsite costs £9 a night per person and has good facilities (real showers and toilets, even a fridge).
Please email if you want to camp at Sparkhayes, as I will be doing a group booking with all the tents together.
Let me know if you don’t have a tent and want to camp, as a few of us have big tents with spare rooms in them.
 
There are plenty of food options in the town and we will probably eat out both nights, but it’s entirely up to you.
 
It will be a fun weekend and can’t wait to see you all.
Jul
28
Sun
Ladies Lakeside Ride @ Cricklade Leisure Centre
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ladies Lakeside Ride @ Cricklade Leisure Centre

Debbie will be leading a gentle novice friendly ride around the Cotswold Lakes.

This is non technical and will be at the pace of the slowest rider. It is designed to suit ladies new to mountain biking and those who want a steady ride.

There will be a cafe stop 3/4 of the way round, but feel free to bring any snacks and water.

Helmets compulsory and this is not suitable for hybrid bikes, due to the possibility of mud on the tracks.

Meet in the car park to the Cricklade Leisure Centre for a 10am start.

Aug
31
Sat
MTB-Marathon – Hope Valley @ Hope Valley College
Aug 31 @ 10:00 am – Sep 1 @ 6:00 pm
MTB-Marathon - Hope Valley @ Hope Valley College | Hope | England | United Kingdom
We did the MTB-Marathon in Hope last year and loved it. The whole series are brilliant events, incredibly well organised and supported with fabulous routes too. And free camping as well!
So we’re going to do this excellent final round in the amazing Peak District in 2019.
Although the main event is on the Sunday, there are also a Ladies Ride on the Saturday morning and a night marathon on the Saturday night, which has a choice of distances and light hire available from Exposure Lights.
On the Sunday 3 distances are available – Mini (25km), Half (45km) and Full (65km!). Bear in mind it’s in the Peak District, and the hills are big too, as well as the distance!
We’ve got members booked on the Half, but all routes start out together.

Full details here:
https://www.mtb-marathon.co.uk/events/1st-2nd-september-2018-hope-valley-peak-district.html