by Jane Lucas, 30 Jul 20.
As we're easing out of lockdown, we've been planning to ensure that we can run some lower key events within the current guidelines, giving priority to the safety of all riders and staff. This has led to some amended events with restricted numbers of riders taking part...
by Jane Lucas, 23 Jul 20.
As a result of our Risk Assessments and decisions about how we will be running the event for maximum safety to all i.e. in socially distanced pods, with the agreement of the landowner, we are moving the 6 hour category from the Sunday to the Bank Holiday Monday 31 August. The start will be from 10am as before...
by Jane Lucas, 24 Jun 20.
Although we are still awaiting the Government's announcement about sporting events which is expected in early July, the Club has spent the past week making logistical enquiries and discussing whether it would be possible to run such a large scale event as TORQ in your Sleep to the high standard that we have in previous years. Sadly, we have decided that it is unlikely.
We've therefore decided to run a more bespoke XC endurance event - TORQ Breakout - at our Area 51, Highlands Farm venue instead....
by Jane Lucas, 15 Apr 20.
We hope you and your families are all healthy and managing ok during the lockdown. We are working from home or furloughed from our day jobs and so are concentrating on keeping fit and well and getting out on our bikes when we can. No one knows yet when the restrictions will be eased, but these are the events we would like to run (if possible) up to the end of the year...
by Jane Lucas, 19 Mar 20.
In light of what the government & health officials are now saying about gatherings of people, we have done the responsible thing and cancelled both the Bishops Way on 18/19 April and the Hot MTB Challenge due to be held on Sun 3 May.
We are, however, hoping that the worst will pass soonish and we'll aim, for now, to run TORQ in your Sleep as usual on the August Bank Holiday weekend (30th). We all need something to look forward to. In the meantime our best wishes to you all, and look after yourselves.
by Jane Lucas, 08 Mar 20.
Organised by our experienced, friendly team, these are timed, choice of distance, fully supported, marked route off road mountain bike events through Hampshire and Wiltshire. All routes always include a particularly memorable section of swooping twisty singletrack through beech woods which just seems to go on for miles...
Finally, the weather blessed us with good conditions for racing under sunny blue skies on a fun course. The hard work the trail team has put in over the last month was very evident as we continue to invest in Area 51; extending the parking area, surfacing new routes through the "mire" which was previously a no go area, and creating some new descents was all worthwhile. So it was a pleasure to see the categories well supported providing close racing. Review your results and photographs from the links above. Big thanks to our sponsors Saddle Skeddadle and Bounce Balls UK for the prizes, and Mountain Trax for the race number boards.
Our next events are on the Calendar. We're looking forward to something a little different on the 18/19 April The Bishops Way 100 mile gravel/mtb ride with overnight camping. Check out the website for full details.
by Jane Lucas, 13 Feb 20.
Well we tried, but sadly we're going to have to cancel the first XC Classic event planned for this coming Sunday, due to the high winds and rain forecast. If you have pre-entered we will email you.
Hopefully we'll make it to Crowthorne Wood later in the year. In the meantime our next Spring XC Classic event will be on Sunday 1 March at Area 51, Frimley Green, Surrey.
by Jane Lucas, 06 Feb 20.
The weather forecast for Sunday 9th February has been showing gales across the country with the likelihood of some damage to buildings and trees. As public safety is of paramount importance, the Crown Estate has decided to close The Great Park and adjoining land on Sunday and we wholeheartedly agree that it is the correct thing to do....
by Jane Lucas, 06 Feb 20.
Heath * Trail * Bike * Camp present The Bishop's Way. A mountain bike/gravel bike event supported by Alpkit, makers of award winning technical clothing and camping equipment.
Starting on the outskirts of Reading on Saturday 18 April you'll ride 100 miles of sweet off road trails and singletrack over 2 days (split 60/40) through the Berkshire, Surrey and Hampshire countryside following a GPX circular route...