This year’s BucksMTB Club Trip to Sierra MTB began on 29th September where 6 members (Steve, Martin I, Martin J, Jim, Vit and Lester) met at Luton airport eagerly anticipating four days of uplifted assisted riding around the beautiful Malaga and surrounding area. This was a great opportunity for some of our newer members to get to know some of the long standing members and for Lester to start his hard sell on Wish.com, something which would become a bit of a theme for the next few days!
This month we had a double header weekend taking into two Welsh away days, our members could choose to attend one, or both rides. Day one was to Llandegla and day two was to Antur Stiniog. Details on more club trips and away days to follow very soon.
We're apparently kindly known for putting on a good club trip, generally planned around riding, food and cake (you have to have priorities) but there was a new suggestion last year to take BucksMTB international, and where better to go than to southern Spain for some dusty technical summer riding!
Club member Mike Haynes heads our unofficial Staffordshire based office and kindly took on the role of organising this club trip. Mike suggested the Sierra MTB team in Fuengirola near Malaga as he had visited twice before. With a location and dates set word was sent round to see who was interested and the easyJet flights and accommodation was booked.
After some changes at work and some short notice holiday being approved it was decided for a cheeky three day mountain bike weekend. After looking into the lack of short notice flights to the Alp and the poor weather forecast for Scotland I decided to head to North Wales. As it was far too short notice to make it a proper club trip I decided at least to open it up to members to come along; Chris, Adam and James all appeared for a various combination of days.
One of our most popular club trips over the years has been our annual visit North to the Yorkshire Dales. Our annual pilgrimage always takes us to the Dales Bike Centre, a fantastic family run hub for the whole weekend. Advertised as the centre of trails The Dales Bike Centre packs plenty of B&B accommodation, catering, daytime café, twenty-four hour cake access, bike storage, a well equipped bike shop and an endless supply of ride recommendations all under the rooves of two beautifully restored traditional Yorkshire stone buildings. Did I also mention twenty-four cake access?!