AstBUG-MTB is an Mountain Biking sub group of the main Aston Bike users group. The group aims to organise rides once a fortnight, on a Wednesday evening, we would however try to be as flexible as possible. The rides would take place in the Midlands and would contain as much off road as practical but would almost certainly include some country lanes as there just isn’t that much continuous bridal way close to Birmingham. We may also try to get a little further afield with Cannock Chase and Wyre Forest as options.
I would suggest that you need to have a medium quality mountain bike and be comfortable riding 20-25miles (minimum) of mixed terrain. In the winter you will also need trail lights and, although you might think this goes without saying, a helmet is an absolute must.
For more information or to join this sub group please get in touch with Neil Cocklin. You can also see the ride reports from 2011.
PLEASE NOTE THIS GROUP IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD DUE TO LACK OF NUMBERS.
The first climb, route 9, was pretty tough to say the least. The weather had closed in by this point, with rain in the air and stiff head wind. The going was fairly slippery too so traction on large sections was pretty minimal. We fought our way to the top eventually and stopped for lunch. The wind continued to howl and the rain came down. Nothing to extreme to be fair but it truly wasn't picnic weather. We didn't hang about long eating our soggy sandwiches and got back on The Shropshire Way towards the gliding club. As we peeled off the road skirting around the back of the club the weather cleared, and we headed towards route 2. A fast rocky switch back section that descends approximately 1000ft in 700m which I would recommend taking a run at. Be warned however; the climb back up to top is fairly significant. It is on a narrow road which makes it slightly easier but it gets very steep and you will have to watch for the on coming vehicles that may or may not give you the right of way. As time was pressing on and the light fading we decided to make route 7, through Minton Batch, the final descent before heading back to Church Stretton. This again is a great section of fast but very narrow and flowing single track, that follows the stream through the gully next to Callow Hill. It was very picturesque and fitting end to a great day's riding. Below is the route with stats that we rode and a video we shot on the day. You can find out more about Mountain biking in Shropshire and what the above route numbers mean at mtb-shropshire.
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