Off-road and Mountain Biking

Support Your Local Bike Shop - 12 Mar 2012 - Article
Here at CTC, we love supportive and friendly local bike shops. When things go wrong or when you need a bit of advice, local knowledgeable staff are invaluable. See which shops our CTC supporters recommend.

What do you get when you cross some (slightly crazy) trials riders and one (very brave) downhill expert with lots of large boxes, ramps and beams in an arena?

‘Follow the Dog’ was the Midlands first dedicated mountain bike trail. In 2010 'The Monkey Trail' was added including far more technically challenging and demanding features. Our local man Adrian Aston, gives us the low down.

Bored of staying in stale bunkhouses, run down hotels or chintzy B&Bs? Fed up of eating basic food made without any pride? Struggling to come up with new destinations to go riding? Want to have a great weekend and meet new people? Christian Newsome may have the solution.

Mountain biking causes some wear and tear to trails, but is it any more damaging than walking? Or horse riding? Jon Sparks investigates

Off-Road Group Riding - 20 Feb 2012 - Article
Group riding off-road is great – unless someone gets lost… CTC Off-road’s Dan Cook suggests ways to stay together and, at worst, regroup.

Trail Centres - 20 Feb 2012 - Article
In a little over 15 years, purpose-built UK trail centres have transformed mountain biking – and mountain bikes. Outdoor writer Jon Sparks assesses their pros and cons, and wonders how they’ll develop further.

Hydration Packs - 20 Feb 2012 - Article
How else would you carry three litres of water, tools, snacks and a spare jacket on your mountain bike? Mike Davis reviews four backpacks

MTB Trail Grading Guide - 17 Feb 2012 - Article
This is your easy reference guide to the colour-coded grading system used for cross country singletrack trails.

Gosford Forest Park - 16 Feb 2012 - Map Feature

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