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Thursday, November 19, 2015

December ride

Hi fellow riders the Essex team enjoyed the gt Missenden ride last wk . Disappointed can't do swinley with you in December so have good Xmas and look forward see u in 2016

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Summit Go-Riders Storm Aston Hill Mashup DH

These days the boys from Summit Go-Riders aren't content with testing themselves XC racing (although they're pretty good at that too!)......On Sunday 6th September, 7 Summit riders entered the Aston Hill Mashup DH Race - and did FANTASTICALLY!

For many of the boys it was their first DH race, and some were riding hardtails, so even more kudos to them! Huge congratulations and BIG respect to:

Juvenile (13-14) Cat
Ollie Raja-Brown 5th
Seth Kanaris 9th
James Perry 10th
William Lea 13th
Tom Barrowcliffe 14th
Jacob Scott 19th

Youth (15-16) Cat
Josh Scott 16th

Monday, July 13, 2015

A big thank you to the Summit65 team

Summit 65 went like a dream, the rain held off for most of the day. The Chiltern Cycling Festival held events for all types of riders, with Summit MTB providing Go-Ride for the young riders, the 30 and 65 Km off road events and a promotional stall for our retro MTB Classic on the 31st of August.

Results and Pictures will be published on

Returning riders of the Summit 65 events were very positive and complimentary towards the organizing SummitMTB team.

Thanking all our members who entered in the Chiltern Cycling Festival events.

A special thank you to the  Summit MTB Team who gave up their weekend; 

The Go Ride Team
Zoe Allsop
Baz Barrowcliffe
Tim Pie
Asti Kanaris
Caz Lunt
Neil Dingle
Marco Gaminara
Jim Donald
Leigh Benger
Jacob North

Go Ride Young Volunteers (official and otherwise!)
Tom Barrowcliffe
Josh Scott
Seth Kanaris
Lucy Allsop
Finn Mitchell
Katie Allsop
Alex Benger

The Summit 65 Team

Simon North 
Gary Colet
Damon Lawrence 
David Wale
Stephen Cull
Murray Chapman
Kim WIlcox 
Andy Daymond 
Boyan Pulic 
Richard Key
Graham Wallice
Jenny Wooding

Thanks also to contributors to the summit 65 event

Rob Watkinson
Gavin Jones
Richard Rollins
Paul Baguley

You all made our best attended ride event ever.

Sign-on Summit 65 

The Off - controlled by British Cycling's - Mark Doel and Summit65 leader-  Stephen Wooding

Bring on

Wining Summit65 Team Leader - Diane Kendall - Team  SummitMTB Ladies

The Herbert's Hole Route Split

Stephen Wooding
Summit65  Leader

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Lotts Wood ready for 200+ Summit 65 Riders

Registration  on line closed

200 + riders now registered

Only 30 places on the day 

With 11 weeks to go to the 2015 Chiltern Cycling Festival at Penn House, the entry for the Summit 65 is building nicely and organisers are expecting to host over 120 riders. "The new route and inclusion of the Lotts Wood MTB specific trails are proving popular with local riders", commented organiser Stephen Wooding. "The new Team Trophy is another fun addition to the event, whilst the Medio route is ideal for young riders and parents." So far, the majority of entries have been for the Grand 65k route, but Summit is expecting its own family members to have a fun day out by riding the Medio 30k route with their young riders. Enter here:

Summit 65 now features a new Team Trophy with riders from Summit MTB taking on the  best mountain bikers from local clubs such as Berks On Bikes, West Drayton MBC and Hillingdon Triathletes. It is also  open to local bike shops and groups of friends riding together.  All you need to do is find at least three mates to create your own three-rider (minimum) team. The catch is that it's the finishing time of the third nominated rider to cross the line having completed the full 65k course will score for your team. All you need to do to enter is use the link to the entry page below and make sure your team captain enters all the riders at the same time using the same entrant name. The cost to enter is £20 per rider and Team Trophy is only for riders taking part in the Grand 65k route. The winning team will be presented with a handsome trophy at the Chiltern Cycling Festival in front of your friends and family.
ViewRanger, the complete mapping, navigation and guided trail service, is supporting the 2015 Summit 65 MTB Sportive giving all riders access to high quality OS maps of the routes on their smartphone. The app will be a major tool for all riders taking part and entrants will be able to download the Premium grade app for free!
All entrants will get access to OS mapping for the area between Penn House and Wendover where the event is being held. By using ViewRanger's Premium widget Summit 65 riders can access an interactive map displaying detailed route content including points of interest.
Summit 65 offers plenty for young riders too, with the 30kms Medio route for adventurous teenagers or the Summit Go Ride fun competition at Penn House.          

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Monday, February 9, 2015

All*Stars Conquer Crowthorne!

Summit All*Star riders were again on song yesterday at the second round of the Gorrick Spring Series held at Crowthorne Woods, Berkshire.  This challenging and exciting 4-mile circuit tested riders with technical, twisty singletrack through the trees, a quarry drop-in, some short, sharp climbs and the infamous ‘corkscrew’!

The club fielded its strongest junior team yet – with thirteen riders over 4 age categories.

Youth (15-16) riders were first off the line, racing over two laps of the full adult course.  Summit’s Ross Deall (15, from Aylesbury) managed to improve his placing this time out, rising two places up the finishing order to tenth. Joshua Scott (15, from Chalfont St Giles) also faired well on this course, finishing twelfth. 

Next to start, also competing over two laps were the Juvenile (13-14) Boys. Traditionally our strongest category, riders again showed their strength with Tom Barrowcliffe (13, from Aylesbury) leading home the team in a strong 9th position. Ollie-Raja Brown (13) was 11th and Jacob Scott (13, from Chalfont St Giles) finished 13th.

With Summit represented by two young riders brand new to racing in the U13 Boys category, Ben Redding (11) and Will Hearn (11) rode exceptionally well to take 7th and 8th place respectively.  

The last category of young riders to take to the start line was possibly the largest (and most rowdy!) – the Under 11s. Here, Summit’s largest contingent was led home by a fantastic ride by Ed Campbell (10, from Waddesdon) to finish a very close second. He was followed by William Sheild (10) in 6th, Ben Donald (8, from Chinnor) in 11th, Ted Hearn (9, from Great Missenden) in 12th and Alex Benger (8, from Aylesbury) in 16th.  Lucy Allsop (9, from Hyde Heath) again triumphed in the U11 Girls race, with her second win of the season.

Adult club members Grady Laurie and Zoe Allsop finished 45th in the Veteran Male and 5th in the Sport Women categories respectively.

All the riders are looking forward to Sunday 1st March which sees the opening round of the National Rankings qualifying Southern XC Series being held at the very local Black Park, near Slough.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


A new off road cycling event in the central Chilterns is being launched today following a partnership between Summit MTB Club and the Chiltern Cycling Festival. The Summit 65 MTB Sportive takes place on Sunday, 12th July at Penn House, Beaconsfield and opens up the Chiltern Cycling Festival to off road riders for the first time.

Established four years ago, the Summit 65 is among the best loved off-road sportives in the south of England and is a welcome addition to the huge variety of rides offered by the Chiltern Cycling Festival according to festival organiser, Nick O’Brien: “Bringing an established event like the Summit 65 into the Festival is a great addition to our line-up as it means there is something for every cyclist in the region to enjoy from road, trails and family rides. Summit MTB’s partnership with us also brings a higher level of professionalism including chip timing to the Summit 65 so it’s good news for us all.”

In 2015, the main Summit 65 route will be 65 kilometres long with a shorter 30k option and is intended for mountain bikes, although cyclo cross bikes are also welcome to enter.  Riders start from Penn House between 09.30-10.00 for the 65k route and 10.00-10.30 for the 30k option, returning in the afternoon to enjoy the Festival.

“With two fantastic routes, the Summit 65 is the best way to explore the finest single-track in the central Chilterns, which is notorious for being difficult to navigate. All routes are way-marked with over 75% off road, and riders will each receive a route map and GPX route file. They’ll be a route control point at the Lotts Wood  MTB race course in Hyde Heath and a feed station near Wendover”, commented Summit 65 organiser Stephen Wooding. “With vintage stalls, bike expo, farmers market, a VIP champagne area, gourmet food and drink the Summit 65 at the Chiltern Cycling Festival will be a great summer’s day out.”

The 65k route is a challenging endurance event aimed at experienced off road riders, whilst the 30k option is geared for social riders and those under 16 riding with a parent/guardian. The first 25 riders home who have completed the full 65k course will receive a gold standard medal, whilst the winning team will be presented with a trophy at the Chiltern Cycling Festival.

Summit MTB Go Ride is also running an off-road multiple race event for young riders aged 6 -16 within the grounds of Penn House run by Summit MTB’s qualified British Cycling coaches in a safe, controlled and supportive environment. They’ll be a fun obstacle course time trial, short-course race and hill climb with prizes for the fastest boy and girl in each age category. There is no on-line entry for this children’s event as parents and children can come along and register on the day. All young riders should be using a mountain bike or a hybrid in good working order, fitted with gears and treaded tyres.

Summit MTB is also hosting a short ride to Lotts Wood and back to Penn House plus an entry into the Chiltern Cycling Festival’s Concours d’Elegance competition for classic mountain bikes made in the last century to promote its new Summit 26 MTB Classic event on Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August at Chenies Manor House
The Summit 65 includes the following three events with on-line entry here:

Date        Start time    Ride name                                        Duration    Entry fee (from)
12 Jul 15    09:30        Summit 65 Grand                              65km / 40m    £20.00
12 Jul 15    10:00        Summit 65 Medio                              30km / 18m    £20.00
12 Jul 15    12:30        Retro MTB Run Concors d'Elegance    8km / 5m    £2.00

Event organiser: Stephen Wooding 07776 220 160


Monday, January 19, 2015

All*Stars Storm the Spring Series!

Summit All*Stars Storm the Spring Series!

The club's Go-Riders were out in force on Sunday 18th January at the first round of the Gorrick Spring Series, held at Saddleback Hill near Camberley, Surrey.

Summit fielded ten riders across three age categories, competing in freezing conditions but on a course that was dry, fast and technically-challenging.

First off the start were the Youth boys (15-16), completing two laps of the adult course. Last year’s star rider, Ross Deall  (15, from Aylesbury), competing in this new age category for the first time, rode strongly to claim twelve place against riders a full year older than him.  Josh Scott (16, from Chalfont St Giles) was unlucky to puncture during the first lap and was unable to complete the race.

Next to race were Juvenile Boys (13-14), also riding two laps of the course. In this highly-competitive category Summit riders Ollie Raja-Brown, Tom Barrowcliffe and Jake Scott fought hard to finish 9th, 11th and 14th respectively.

Summit’s best-represented category, with some new and keenly competitive riders, was the Under 11s, who raced on a shortened, but still challenging three-quarter lap course. In a strong start to the season, Lucy Allsop (8, from Hyde Heath) was first home in the U11 Girls. In the boys’ race William Shield (10) rode fantastically in his first ever race to claim 5th place, narrowly pipping his teammate, Ed Campbell (10, from Waddesdon) into 6th, ahead by just 5 seconds. Ben Donald (8, from Chinnor) was 17th and Alex Benger (8, from Aylesbury) was 23rd.

The racers are looking forward to Round 2 to be held in Crowthorne Woods, near Bracknell, Berks on February 8th.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Captain's Blog/January Club Ride Review

Hi All,
The first monthly club ride of 2015 visited Swinley Forest this Sunday.  Eight riders made it down there despite a closure on the M25 causing some difficulty.  We were blessed with some great weather and some wonderful winter sunshine.  Thanks to those who came down and for those that didn't, well perhaps next time.  There is a new section to the red trail, which I'd never ridden before.  It needs a bit of riding in, but is a nice addition.

I can't recommend Swinley highly enough, if you've not been, its worth a visit.  It's only about 45-60 minutes journey for me (that's from Berkhamsted), you might be even closer.  It has a variety of reasonably weatherproof, way-marked trails that even beginners can really enjoy.  There is a cafe and children's play area too, if you need to amuse the youngsters!

Hopefully the local trails will be a bit drier and more inviting for next month's club ride, which will be on Sunday the 22nd February.  Anyone like to lead that one?  Just let me know.  

See you on the trails,  Ian

Monday, January 5, 2015

CHANGES TO - Sunday 11th January 2015- First Club Ride of 2015

Hi All,
I've brought the date of the first Club Ride of 2015 forward to Sunday 11th Jan as I wanted to be there and couldn't do the 18th.  I hope it is ok with you all.
The "New Captain's" ride before Christmas and the Boxing Day one were both well attended, so let's keep the momentum going with lot's of us braving the cold but thankfully dry weather forecast for next Sunday.
Ok, I've been out today and I'm a bit concerned about just how wet and muddy it is.  In view of that, I'd like to relocate the ride down to Swinley.  The trails are generally drier and and hold up better after the prolonged spells of rain we've had this week.  It's also a lot of fun!  So let's meet at: The Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7QW at 09.30am.  
For those who've not been before, its £2 to park for four hours (which is enough for us).  The trails are all within any reasonable rider's capabilities, we take the Go Rider kids down there and some of them are only 4!
You are very welcome to join us and try out Summit MTB club on any rides announced here. Just drop us an email if you want to come.
See you on Sunday,  Ian

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New Captain's Ride/Blog- Sunday 14th December

Hi All,
Well the weather was kind for my first ride lead, but the thorns weren't.  Despite the puncturefest, everyone seemed to have a good time and the coffees or hot chocolates were very nice at the end.  It was great to see so many out, so a very big thank you from me to all of you.

I'm hoping to see more of the club members out on rides over the next year, both locally and I have some thoughts about away-days to such places as the Surrey hills, South Wales (Afan/Glycorrwg or Bike park Wales) and Cannock Chase.

Next Saturday (20th) sees the Go Ride kids off to Swinley.  Zoe has already posted about this, but I'd like to just put a pitch in from the adults side.  Please consider going along.  The trails there are well marked and after the youngsters have had their ride there will be awards presentations, celebrating a great year of achievement for the club's Go Ride program.  So come along, have a ride and support our youth section, even if the kids aren't yours!

Finally may I wish all of you a very happy Christmas.  After you've stuffed all that turkey, don't forget to join us on some rides to regain that fitness!

See you on the trails.

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