Sunday, 30 November 2008

GPX routes

Will be posted as follows:-

Road - on the Thursday evening before the event

Off Road - on the Friday evening before the event

Next event - Dorking

The Dorking event is fast approaching, so just a few reminders of what's going on:-

Saturday Off Road:-
3 day routes ranging from 12 - 33 miles (2 fully marked, long - self navigation)
1 Night route at 12miles - fully marked out with reflective tape and arrows.

Sunday Road:-
4 routes ranging from 15 - 70 miles

Both days:-
Free SIS bar/gel
Free waterproof map
Free loan of GORE clothing (take it, wear it, get it dirty, give it back, no obligation to buy)

Hot and cold food and drink at very reasonable prices

Brand new fleet of expensive demo bikes
Brand new range of Exposure lights.

Ex demo bikes for sale at very reasonable prices (about 50% off)
Ex demo GORE clothing (Used a few times and at roughly trade price!)

All this for £10 pre-entry or £12.50 on the day! Follow link on right

See you there whatever the weather.


Saturday, 29 November 2008

Mountain biking on Channel 4

Tomorrow (Sunday 30th) channel 4 are showing coverage of the Red Bull Rampage mountain bike event. It's not often that mountain biking gets on the main TV channels so if you're up early enough then it might be worth a watch to get you in the mood to brave the weather and head out on the bike.

It's on at 8:25am, look for Freesports on 4 in TV listings.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Scotland in all weathers!!

Well, my 3 days cycling around the Scotish hills has come to an end. Looks like the venue's sorted and I've cycled most, if not all, of the trails in the area. Now it's just a case of linking them all together. Unlike England, Scotland has a right to roam policy. Although this sounds great, allowing you to go where you want, it does cause problems with finding routes. Basically, if you look at a map of Scotland it doesn't show Bridleways, RUPPS etc that we use in England, so the only way to find the trails is to get out and ride them. (Had a GPS tracking my progress so I know where I went.) Cycled up loads of trails that either became unridable or dead ends, which was a little frustrating. Especially as it went from sunny - windy - rain - hail in 15 minute cycles most of today!

Just a few last things to tie up and then we'll publish booking info on the main site.

Anyway, theres should be some pictures posted here soon (I have Firewall issues!) so you can have an idea of the beauty of the area. The venue can be seen in one picture if you look closely, another shows the Beef Goulash soup from the on-site cafe and the one of my disc is not out of focus, that's steam coming off it after one humdinger of a decsent (about 800ft in 1km, straight down!!) - Dean

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

It's a tough job...

Although there's no Ride It! event this weekend we're not all sitting at home with our feet up. Dean's off finding routes for the Scotland event that takes place in February and sending us all little teasers like the picture below.

Friday, 21 November 2008

Ex-Demo bike SALE

We've got some bargains for you as most of our 2008 Demo Fleet is up for grabs at reduced prices. All have been profesionally maintained throughtout the year and are stripped down and re-built before sale. They also come with a warranty and free UK delivery.

Mountain Bikes:-
Pinnacle Tharpu 2.0 ORP £1299 Sale price £599 SAVE £700
Pinnacle Tharpu 3.0 ORP £1599 Sale price £779 SAVE £820
Pinnacle Aura Infinity ORP £999 Sale price £479 SAVE £520

Road Bikes:-
Pinnacle Aura Angel ORP £999 Sale price £509 SAVE £490

Please contact Rod at for more info.


Thursday, 20 November 2008

New Demo Fleet anounced

For our Dorking event we'll have our new Demo Fleet in place. (Well, most of it!) and there are some really exciting bikes now available to try out. The Demo process has changed in recent months with the introduction of a voucher system. Basically, you pay £25 to use the bike for the day and receive the money back in the form of a voucher to be exchanged against the purchase of ANY bike within 3 months. Breaing in mind that some of the bikes available are £3800, £25 to test them for a day doesn't sound too bad does it?

Here's some of the bikes available:-

Mountain bikes
Commencal Meta 5.5
Trek fuel Ex 8
Scott Genius 20
Specialized Stumpy FSR elite

For the Ladies:-
Specialized Myka FSR Expert

Road bikes:-
Trek Madone 5.2
Specialized Roubaix Comp

Specialized Ruby Elite

Coming soon:-
Mountain - Cannondale Rize
Road - Felt AR2 (£3700!!!) - Colnago CLX ULT - Pinnarello FP3

Keep an eye on the event page, and as soon as they're built, they will be available. (Providing you can prise them off the staff that is!)


Welcome to our site

Welcome to the new Ride It! site.

Why? you may ask. Well, we thought that it'd be fun to have our own site that we could all contribute to away from the main web pages. This allows us to post up to date information really quickly without going through our head office and to have a laugh along the way!

This site will allow us to post from all the areas of the UK that we go to, giving you first-hand details of the ride conditions and (finally)....GPX files for your GPS. After events we'll be posting some feedback, stories and pictures from the weekend.

We'll also be able to update you on forth coming news. For instance the new demo fleet will be ready for Dorking and available to book soon, ex demo bikes are now available for purchase at below trade prices and Beth will be available for Sports Massage on both days at Dorking. More on these soon.

Anyway, keep an eye on the site and if you have any questions, I can be reached on the E-mail address below.

Dean and the Ride It! team

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Meet the team - Tony

Name – Tony
Home – Purley
Interests – Bikes, Motor bikes
Bikes – A Trek Fuel EX8, old Stumpy hard tail, a Roberts road bike & a Honda Firestorm.
Favourite type of riding – Any as long as it is a good craic with your mates.
Favourite riding area – Any where there are not too many cars, but one or two good pubs at the end!
Food – Anything as long as it does not have lumpy custard on it.
Favourite quote – When lost head uphill or towards the rain clouds.
Most likely to be found at the event – At the manned drink station (Does sound like a pub to me!).
Anything else you think we should know – I'm there to dish out water, energy drink,& food. Plus providing technical assistance with your bike, any problems just ask.

Meet the team - Keith

Name – Keith
Home town – Saaarf London
Interests – Pipe smoking, beards, sudoko
Bikes – Charge duster mtb, Kona singlespeed mtb/fixed gear commuter (now in stealth black), Pinnacle Aeos road bike, Kona Yeehaa commuter/road/mtb all round weapon! Gt Idrive (waiting to be built)
Favourite type of riding – stunts, radical and gnarly skids.
Favourite riding area – Tissue corner (Epping forest)
Favourite quote – 2 in the hand are worth 3 in the bush
Most likely to be found at the event – Near the raspberry crumble, worrying the computer, out on the course.
Anything else you think we should know – I am currently studying to become a stunt man but if that doesn’t work out I will do some pimping. My favourite time of the day is 3:05. Urine is more sterile than saliva. I once dated Drew Barrymore.

Meet the team - Mark

Name – Mark
Home town – Tadley, Hampshire
Interests – Besides cycling it’s skateboarding, racquet ball, snowboarding and watching Jeremy Kyle
Bikes – On One Scandal, Specialized Allez, Trek Fuel, Yeti ASX
Favourite type of riding – Anything really but you can’t beat a bit of downhill
Favourite riding area – Cwm Carn
Food – Anything but sweet corn
Favourite quote – “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” – Ferris Bueller
Most likely to be found at the event – doing registrations and hopefully a bit of riding (if it’s not raining)
Anything else you think we should know – One of my secret hobbies is phillumeny

Meet the team - Dean

Name – Dean
Home town – Reading
Interests – Biking (Of course!) Climbing and, much to the teams amusement, my Peugeot 306 rallye.
Bikes – 3 Cannondale hardtails, Cannondale 1FG singlespeed, 1 Cannondale road bike, Pinnacle Tharpu 3, Pinnacle Lagerra 2 and a Specialized singlecross.
Favourite type of riding – Mainly XC or out in the mountains. Love climbing as well as descending.
Favourite riding area – UK, Lakes, Brecons, 7 Stanes. Abroad, Gotta be the French Alps
Food – Meat, is there anything better than a mixed grill?
Favourite quote – Always liked "your scientists spent so long wondering if the could, they didn't stop to think if they should" from Jurassic Park ( but I think applies to some scientist in the real world as well)
Most likely to be found at the event – Here, there, everywhere.
Anything else you think we should know – Have accepted an offer and am now un-available :-)

Meet the team - Debs

Name – Debs
Home town – Southampton
Interests – Biking & Snowboarding
Bikes – Specialized Safire
Favourite type of riding – Off road...wild and remote or on the trails, can't beat a bit singletrack!
Favourite riding area – Meon Valley, Swinley Forest and Lake District
Food – Fish, Chips and Mushy peas
Favourite quote - "Never trust a man who left alone in a room with a tea cosy, wouldn't try it on" Billy Connolly
Most likely to be found at the event – Multi-tasking
Anything else you think we should know - Here are a few of my favourite things (in no particular order)...sunshine, red wine, listening to Jack Johnson and watching X Factor

Meet the team - Jon

Name – Jon
Home – Brighton Baby!
Interests – Chillin' Relaxin' Maxin'
Bikes – Wethepeople BMX, Pinnacle Evo 2, Genesis Flyer
Favourite type of riding – Street BMX
Favourite riding area – Off-road - Dorking, Street - Brighton
Food – Steak and Chips!
Favourite quote – "No Comment"
Most likely to be found at the event – Outside in the cold with the demo bikes!
Anything else you think we should know – I like to sleep, and (good) music should be LOUD and Bassy.

Meet the team - Jon

Name – Jon (or Fat Jon to his friends after Hope told him he was too fat for their wheels)
Home – Cambridge
Interests – Running and biking mainly
Bikes –
Cotic Soul, Charge Duster (singlespeed), Thron Raven (touring bike), Specialized Allez
Favourite type of riding –
Mainly XC, done a couple of night rides recently which are good fun!
Favourite riding area –
South Wales, Peak District, Lake District, ridden lots in New Zealand also!
Food – Mixed Grill (no black pudding), 'Ride It' CHILLI!!!
Favourite quote –
The wife's mother said ''when your dead, I'll dance on your grave'' I said, ''Good, I'll be buried at sea!!'' (Joke, obviously)!
Most likely to be found at the event –
Gore Bike Wear stand
Anything else you think we should know –
My new year's resolution is to learn to ride a uni-cycle

Meet the team - Mike

Name – Mike
Home town – Small Dole
Interests – Cycling and Skiing
Bikes – S Works Tarmac , S Works Epic, Canondale M2000. Cannondale Slice TT
Favourite type of riding – any dry conditions. no traffic, swoopy single track
Favourite riding areas - North Downs
Food - Steak and Chips Drink - RedWine
Most likely to be found at the event - At the start setting everyone off for their ride or out riding myself

Meet the team - Rod (MIA)

Rod no longer works for Ride it. He is now the workshop manager in one of our new London stores.

Name – Rodrigo Zanini
Home town – Americana, SP - Brazil
Interests – I do love BMX Racing, Motocross, 4x, Downhill, Travelling, UK-TV History, Cooking, Yoga, etc...
Bikes – BMX Pro Ness XL, Pinnacle Aeos Carbon 2.0 and my next one will be the Pinnacle Cascade.
Favourite type of riding – where I can feel my adrenaline
Favourite riding area – of course my home town track, UCI BMX track (Aigle-CH), Cheddar track, Lake District and North Downs.
Food – Vegetarian please!
Favourite quote – please keep your Car into the garage and try to save our Planet riding your Bike.
Most likely to be found at the event – with our Demo Bikes, where they are ready for you to do the Ride it! event
Anything else you think we should know – please keep me away about Football or any kind of these things! Thank you!

Tuesday, 18 November 2008


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