Which MTB ride is the one for me?
Currently Yogi Cycling run 5 regular rides each week with many other impromptu rides taking place within the membership. As a very rough guide the regular rides are listed below in order of the distance covered, and therefore the fitness required for you to take part in them.
If you are new to the club or Mountain Biking in general, it’s very important you to start with ride 1. below. However, if you know that you are experienced and fairly fit (riding MTB at least once a week at a fairly continuous pace), or perhaps competing in XC races at ‘Sport’ level or above, then you might find the pace of rides 3. and onwards to be also suitable. Many club riders regularly attend all of the different rides. If you don’t know which ride to come along get in touch using firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you decide.
Unfortunately at the current time we do not offer any Mountain Bike rides for complete beginners, we know there is a gap to be filled, so if you are interested in organising such a group, then please get in touch.
All of the rides below will cover technical terrain which involves riding over rocky, stony and often muddy tracks including some steep up and downhill sections. It is of course perfectly acceptable to get off and walk if things are too difficult – we all have to do that at some point!
In order for the rides to reach some of the best single track, trails and technical descents available in the UK, you may sometimes (actually quite often!!) find yourself hiking up hills, over boulders and stiles and up to your knees in water (or mud). You should be of an adventurous nature and a good sense of humour helps. We ride in all weather conditions from dry and dust summer days to sub-zero snow and icy conditions in winter. It’s all part of the adventure.
- MTB Fun/Social Ride – 1st and 3rd Saturday Every Month (plus occasional extra rides watch the web sites)
Meet 10:00am venue to be confirmed, see separate ‘News’ item where details will be posted by the Friday evening before each ride. These rides run on the first and third Saturday of each month.
The length of the ride varies, but generally it will be at least 2.5 to 3hrs covering between 8-12 miles of rough terrain, so we are back in the Pub for Lunch at around 1:00 to 1:30pm. However, when the weather looks good we will often run longer rides that will cover up to 20 Miles of technical terrain with a finish time around mid to late afternoon.
The level is suitable for newcomers to the club that either have some experience of off-road cycling or MTB, and/or perhaps have a generally good level of fitness from another sport or activity. These rides are also suitable for an experienced leisure MTB or XC rider that enjoy the benefits and camaraderie that comes when riding with like-minded people. Pace is set for the slowest rider, but it’s also a great social ride for more experienced riders as well.
All we ask is that your bike is in a safe condition with off-road tyres and if you are a junior you bring along a parent/legal guardian. 13 year old is probably the youngest we advise coming along, but feel free to call about this as it’s not a hard and fast rule.
If you are new to the club, or thinking of coming along and would like to talk to someone, please feel to contact John or Penny Allan: Tel 01752 426105 / Mob: 07824505817 or Steve (Windy) Monk 07827 353972 or email email@example.com
2. MTB Adventure Ride – every Thursday
Meet at Yelverton car park@ 7:15 pm, then you will drive to ride start point. Not a beginner level ride but nor is this for racer’s, it can be quite technical but pace will suit most moderately fit riders. Expect to be back at the ride starting point between 9:30 and 10:00 pm having ridden approx. 10 miles.
Full on MTB lights essential all year round. Keep your eye on the Weekly rides post on the Home page just in case there is a late change of meeting point, very occasionally there is!
In fairness to others please do not try this for your first YOGI MTB ride, instead attend one of our a Saturday ‘Fun MTB Rides’ where you will be advised which ride(s) best suit your ability. There is an optional post ride social pint so best bring a change of clothes.
3. Wayne’s World MTB Cross Country Ride – every Saturday
Meet 9.30 am @ B&Q, Coypool, Plympton.
Exploring the local area at a pace suitable for reasonably fit riders. Can be technical at times so not suitable for novices or youngsters. 20 – 30 miles covered in 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Route depends on weather and people’s preferences on the day.
A relaxed morning out with the aim of building confidence and fitness for all levels of rider in an noncompetitive environment.
To protect natural trails from undue erosion we will likely cancel these rides at short notice if conditions are extremely wet.
Contact Wayne on 07870 499748 if in doubt or for further information.
4. MTB Cross Country Ride – Tuesday
Meet at 5:50 pm @ B&Q Coypool, Plympton leaving at 6.00 pm prompt, though if you can’t make the start point in time but would like to meet up with this ride en route you will be very welcome and by phoning Marcus on 07772 314925. He will agree a suitable rendezvous point (typically The Dartmoor Diner!) though some flexibility available on this.
Best phone him on the day (before 4:30 ideally!) just to help route planning. Be aware this is a pretty quick ride but not for those who only ride with their race head attached.
In fairness to others please do not try this for your first YOGi MTB ride, instead attend one of our a Saturday ‘Fun MTB Rides’ where you will be advised which ride(s) best suit your ability.
5. Early Bee MTB Ride – Sunday Meet 8:30 am @ B&Q, Coypool, Plympton.
Meet at B&Q Marsh Mills 8.30 am, normally led by Gary Bees but welcome to text or call on 07740 783975 to make sure all on in case of any local racing!!
Expect to ride 25-30 miles in around 3 hours, aimed at riders who want to keep moving with a good level of fitness, ideally suited to XC endurance. Probably not as fast as the Tuesday MTB & not as technical as the Thursday MTB group, weather doesn’t really put us off.
Other Ad-Hoc rides are often posted in the Yogi Cycling (MTB) Facebook page, which we use as a forum for the MTB side of the club.
You must be a paid up member and have attended a MTB ride to be accepted into the MTB facebook page.