Riding out of the dark – MTB and mental health

You know that anxious, unsettled feeling you get when you haven’t ridden your bike for a while? Well it turns out you’re not the only one. In 2016 OpenMTB and Cycling UK collaborated on a major survey of British off-road riding habits, including a section on physical and mental wellbeing. We expected people to tell … Read more

Ride Sheffield’s Winter Social – Monday, 26 Nov

As one of the country’s most progressive and well-supported advocacy groups, Ride Sheffield are almost as well known for their social gatherings as for the links they’ve forged with local stakeholders and the trails they’ve got built. And this year they’re stepping things up a notch with a makeover for their annual Winter Social, incorporating … Read more

Trails for Wales – it’s bad news.

The Welsh Government has stated that it will not be proceeding with significant access reform following its recent consultation on the issue. We at OpenMTB are both deeply disappointed and somewhat perplexed, as the public consultation carried out last year was overwhelmingly in favour of the administration’s own suggestion of creating single-status rights-of-way – effectively … Read more

Get on my land! Q&A With Mark Slater, Cycling UK

Cycling UK’s latest off-road campaign is urging riders to lobby the government over its plans for agricultural subsidy post-Brexit. It might sound a bit dry, but the charity’s off-road organiser Mark Slater has been explaining why it could be a big win for MTBers… Hi Mark, can you start off by telling us what this … Read more

Cut Gate: How the BMC got on track with MTB advocacy

Cut Gate

We all like to have a bit of a moan about that bit of local trail which turns into an impassable bog in the wetter months – and lord knows we have plenty of them in the UK. However not all of us take the initiative to produce a slick-looking report on the issue before … Read more

Trails for Wales: Three things you can still do

So we’re in the final furlong, the Welsh Government consultation on its proposals to dramatically widen countryside access closes tomorrow (Saturday, 30 September). If you like the idea of riding officially on the majority of Welsh footpaths then there are still things you can do to help make it happen, even if you’ve already responded. … Read more

Trails for Wales: Colin Down (Flattyres-MTB)

If you’ve ever searched online for MTB routes in Wales then you’ll most likely be familiar with Flattyres-MTB, a virtual tresaure trove of route ideas with pictures, turn-by-turn directions and GPX files. The man behind the site is Colin Down from Mold, in the north east corner of Wales – and he’s agreed to answer … Read more