WELCOME FROM SUMMIT MTB CLUB
Your local, friendly MTB Club
Summit MTB is the Chiltern's friendly, family mountain biking club.
Our history is all about helping people of all ages explore the Chilterns by bike. In the past we have boasted more than 200 adult members, with rides being organised at least every month throughout the year.
These days, while we still offer some family activities and occasional adult rides (through our Facebook page) our primary focus is bringing younger people into mountain biking with our Go-Ride Coaching Programme.
Go-Ride is an initiative of British Cycling and we run regular coaching sessions for riders aged 6-16 in our dedicated woodland at Lotts Wood near Amersham. All our Coaches are qualified to British Cycling standards, or are training to meet that standard. Club members also have the opportunity to join in other local Go-Ride events, trail rides and the British Cycling holiday programmes.
In the last few years we have fielded successful youth teams at local and national level competition, and had riders selected for the first steps of the British Cycling Talent Pathway. We also look forward to our trips away – the annual family camping trip to Cannock Chase Trail Centre is extremely popular, while we also try to organise several trips to UK trail centres every year.
Parents can look forward to regular updates on our Go-Ride activities on our private Facebook Group, which is the source of the most up to date information. Parents occasionally also organise social rides while their children attend coaching sessions.
WHO ARE WE?
Summit MTB was established in 2003 to bring together like-minded off-road cyclists in the Chilterns and beyond. Run purely by volunteers, we are a Sport England Clubmark accredited club, which means we conform to the highest standards of coaching qualification, safety provision, sporting opportunity and progression and child-protection.
Summit MTB has a Go-Ride Section that meets regularly at various locations in the Chilterns, usually at Lotts Wood near Amersham. All our Coaches are qualified to British Cycling standards, or are training to meet that standard. Club members also have the opportunity to join in other local Go-Ride events, trail rides and the British Cycling holiday programmes.
WHAT WE DO
Go-Ride is British Cycling's development programme for young people aged between 8-16 years. The programme provides a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport and provides a platform to improve bike-handling skills. British Cycling provides training for coaches to deliver structured training for young cyclists of all levels. You can find out more about British Cycling and Go-Ride on the British Cycling website.
FAMILY RIDES AND TRIPS AWAY
We often organise rides suitable for our young riders and their families in and around the Chilterns, and at various locations within easy driving distance such as Woburn Sands, Swinley Forest, Hadleigh Park and the Surrey Hills.
In the past few years we have had some great long weekends at the trail centre in the Forest of Dean. COVID-19 restrictions have limited our activities during 2020 and 2021, but we’re looking forward to the country opening up. Keep an eye on the Facebook Group for more details.
Summit MTB has a strong history of XC riding around the Chiltern Hills. We ask our adult members to post suggestions for rides, along with an idea of distance, pace and technical difficulty in their own dedicated Facebook Group. Night rides have in the past proved very popular during the winter months, though social restrictions due to COVID-19 have severely limited our activities since early 2020.
We are extremely lucky to have our own, dedicated coaching environment in beautiful deciduous woodland leased from the Forestry Commission. Within the woods there are a multitude of technical trail features that our coaches can use to develop rider’s skills and experience in real-life riding and racing situations. Coaches aim to work on specific skills in each session, aiming to progressively develop each rider’s abilities. Lotts Wood is located near Hyde Heath, Amersham, Buckingshamshire. The nearest postcode is HP6 5RW, however this will take you to Weedon Hill, north of the woods. The OS Grid Reference of Lotts Wood is SU 937991. The parking is situated along the fireroad opposite the entrance to the woods. Please ensure you park considerately to allow others to enter and leave the woods. The gates to the parking will be locked shortly after coaching sessions or events, please make sure you don’t get locked in!