Open Group Rides

BucksMTB offers regular cross country (XC) group rides throughout the year.

Our public open rides are open to Club members and non members (visitor riders*)


About our Group Rides:

All local riders are welcome to our open group rides. Non member visiting riders may join us on up to two rides before having to join the Club as a Club member due to our Club insurance and rules of our Club Constitution. You can of course join BucksMTB as a Club Member at any point, but we do invite you to join us for a group ride first to see if you like the Club, the staff, the members and the trails!

We hold at least one open group ride per calendar month. Most rides are local Buckinghamshire/Chilterns based rides, but occasionally we do alternate further away locations in a surrounding county (e.g. Oxon, Herts, Beds etc) or further a field (e.g. Cannock, Wales). Our rides will have a variety of length routes on offer throughout the year so that we can cater for all riders of different fitness levels and experience.

All our Group Rides are led rides, and are led by fully qualified Mountain Bike Trail Leaders (CTC or SMBLA qualified) who hold first aid qualifications.

Families and young riders are all most welcome to our rides too. Under 16s can attend our rides without the supervision of a parent or guardian when our ride is advertised as having qualified staff on duty. We have a parental consent form available at all rides. We have a strict code of conduct and set of procedures for working with minors and vulnerable adults - these documents are available on request.

Mountain bikes, cyclo-cross bikes and eBikes are all accepted at our group rides, as long as they are safe, well maintained and deemed safe on the day by our ride leaders.

Our cross country group rides will be held all over Buckinghamshire and surrounding counties with the options of some 'away' days too. 

To attend our Group Rides we require you to pre-register online. 

Pre-registering is mandatory to attend our rides and is required so that we know numbers attending, for things such as number of staff required, car parking space, number of maps required etc. Pre-registering is easy, its just an online form that takes about thirty seconds to fill in. For each scheduled Group Ride there will be a page where you can find the online form to fill in and pre-register. Before pre-registering your attendance to any of our Group Ride events please read our terms and conditions.

We are looking forward to meeting all of you local riders at our future Group Ride events.

Recent Group Rides

BucksMTB West Wycombe Open Ride and Bucks Search and Rescue Annual Mtb Unit Fitness Assessment May 2017 Ride Report

Our May open ride was a tough ride due to muddy conditions that we ended up with due to bad weather during the week. The ride however went well without any mechanicals. One member of Bucks Search and Rescue attended as the others were on standby for a possible call out and Max a young member of the club did very well battling through the muddy conditions.


BucksMTB Ivinghoe April Open Group Ride Report

Eleven people turned up for our April Open Group Ride held at Ivinghoe Beacon. One chap unfortunately had to leave early as he left his spindle out of his front wheel at home. It was a glorious sunny day so the trails were dry and of course plenty of people were about on the trails on a sunny Sunday afternoon! We stopped off at the usual Blue Bell cafe for coffee and cycling nutrition (cake). No BucksMTB open ride is complete without a puncture or two, this ride was no different! Thank you to everyone who came along, details of our next open ride will be published online very soon.

Ivinghoe December Open Group Ride Report

A cold foggy start to the day but It didn't put anybody off; we had a great turn out including a couple of club members turn as well. It was quite muddy on the course but hardly anybody else about on the trails which was really good. The group stopped off at the Bluebell Cafe for a well deserved coffee and cake after a puncture repair before making our way back through the Ashridge Estate to Invinghoe Beacon. Thanks to Steve for letting the guys and gals use his washer to clean their muddy bikes. A big thank you to everyone who attended and thanks to Darren and Dave who planned and lead the group ride.

Wendover Woods November Open Group Ride Report

A fantastic turn out of twenty-one people in total (including leaders) for today's open group ride at Wendover Woods, including a really nice mix of riders of different ages and abilities. We would have had a slightly larger group but sadly a couple of people dropped out with the dreaded flu. Everyone started out as one group, but later on broke into two smaller groups; Seamus led a longer route than originally planned, whilst MarkP stuck to plan A and continued to make it back to the cafe in good time for hot chocolates all round! Was it the perfect weather for a good ride out? We thought so! Cold enough to keep you moving, damp enough to make sure you're muddy! Great day and we hope we get many more open rides like it. A big thank you to our ride leaders and to everyone who attended and supported our ride!


Ivinghoe Open Group Ride October 2016

Another great open ride this month with six newcomers to the club in attendance. Unfortunately two of our newcomers had to turn around pretty early on due to an unrepairable mechanicals, but the rest of the group got on with the task at hand, conquered Ivinghoe Beacon and pushed on at a good pace along the canal and then back into the Ashridge Estate. The earlier than usual start was a shrewd move as towards the end of the ride the weather came in and there were five very wet but very happy riders rolling back into the car park. 


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