Updated Sat 7/12/13 4pm
Based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, we are a mixed group of lunatics (not a cycle club) who enjoy getting muddy, wet & tired (well some of us anyway!) and occasionally stopping for a pint of the local ale at the Amble Inn. There are varying levels of speed and fitness from the tri-athletes and snowboarders to the the slower and less fit (that's me- Rich ).
You can join in on our Sunday morning riding madness through the wilds of North Herts - All you need is a helmet and bike, oh and also a sense of humour (this line has been pinched by other bike groups with websites!) you can read about the newbies ride below - sorry to say we don't have a junior (under 16 section) yet!.
We ride together as a group and don't leave anyone behind, always waiting for the last rider (a result of the odd mechanical or just the extra drink you had the night before)- plus we don't dissapear into the dust leaving anyone to get lost.
Where we ride and how far - Newbies ride once a month and generally it's 25k - 35k, Regular Sunday Rides are little longer (3hrs plus) and slightly quicker- with the midweek rides quicker still for 2 hours plus (READ DETAILS BELOW) - Most rides are local trails, mostly XC (as there are not many hills) and some nice singletrack in the woods, with as little tarmac as possible.
If you are new to mountainbiking or not tried 35k plus, why not come along to a NEWBIES ride which is usually on the 1st Sunday of each month.You can also see the ride in real-time LIVE with ENDOMONDO the icon will be on this page so you cab click and follow. Just let us know if you are coming along in case times/meet changes - you will get all the info (time/location etc) when completing the rides form and registering to use our message board on our NEW TO OTT PAGE. Many who can't ride every week just come along for this one -Plus we do end up in the Pub!
Pictures by Geoffrey
Sunday morning and the regular group hits the trails (average 35K) returning to the pub for around 1-2pm. Details (start/finish times/location etc) are available after you have completed our rides form (registered).
For the more extreme riders, Midweek Nite Rides and the odd Saturday we see the Single Speeders hit the trails for some serious stuff (2hrs+, if your legs and batteries can take it). Not ideal if you are new to MTB'ing as typically 17kmph + pace and non-stop. Please note - We do ask riders to hit the sunday trails with us first before attempting the evening midweek madness.
We do sometimes venture further than the home counties and our treks to Africa, Italy, Spain, Germany (+Wales & Cannock) can be seen on the media pages....not to be missed! If you ride regularly with OTT (and become an OTT Rider) you will join us at some of the UK trail centre rides in Wales and beyond.
If you haven't completed the rides form on the NEW TO OTT pages and just want some more information feel free to contact us by e-mail. It normally takes 48 hours for us to get back to you so don't leave it until the day before a ride-we don't want you to miss out on the fun.