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  • HOPE KILLER LOOP

    HOPE KILLER LOOP

    This famous and historic ride for the club (it was published in an article on the club in MBR in Feb 04) certainly lives up to its name and reputation.
    20 riders up for the challenge were: Neil, Roger, Eric, Spesh, Tyre Kicker, Tracey, Al, Chunk, Sidge, Steve Wiganer, Muddy Rider, Steve Busy Fool, John Retro boy, Georgina and her friend, Jonesy, Pands, Red Rooster, Terry and myself.
    Heading for hope for the start point in Castleton the area was shrouded in thick fog, which cleared ominously as the morning progressed, the scenery is truly spectacular and conditions were fine and dry. Tyres were prodded, bikes were readied and armour was donned even by riders that don’t normally wear it, an ominous sign, then off we set.
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  • Pateley Bridge

    Pateley Bridge

    The 12 riders were: Roger, Tyre Kicker, Tracey, Geoff, Rambo, Chunk, Sidge, Paddler, Muddy Rider, Jonny P, Silverscoob and Myself.
    The route started rather ominously as we seemed to be driving towards the cloud and rainy skies however the worry proved unfounded as excellent conditions ensued. The ride started from the lovely village of Pateley Bridge, after a bit of faff and much prodding and poking and lifting! Of Tyre’s new super bike off we set.
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  • Jacobs Ladder 21st June 09

    Jacobs Ladder 21st June 09

    Fifteen Woollybacks met up at Castleton car park – Tyre Kicker, Tracey, Eric, Santacruz, Rooster, Hendy, Hemlock, WN6ER, CHUNK, Bazza, Johnny P, Sidge , Turnerkid , Pieman and me. Talk of the Alps lot taking it easy was left in the car park.
    Ride off (9.30) was a little later than expected due to gimp suits , new tops and other body armour that had to be adorned.
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  • Blackstone Edge (Pennines) 10th May 2009

    Blackstone Edge (Pennines) 10th May 2009

    Seventeen Woollies set off on the Blackstone Edge figure of eight - In attendance were Kiwi (Ride Leader) , Phil, Hemlock, Tyre Kicker, Tracey, Sidge (still son of Kiwi) , Hellsbells, Silverscoob, Rooster, Wellsy, Pieman, Artillery Dave, Hendy, Turner Kid, FizBomb , Red Rooster and me.
    SHOCK HORROR - yes a Sunday ride without a committee member - is this allowed?
    Ride commenced a little later than expected with Red Rooster turning up late / getting lost - in true Wollyback tradition we waited - well for bit and then blasted up the Roman Road climb.
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  • August 2010

    August 2010

    Well we should have known it wouldn’t last, August started with a hosepipe ban which spelt one thing….40 days and 40 nights of non stop rain. Spring and early summers dry trails were replaced with
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  • July 2010

    July 2010

    July continued with more fantastic sunshine and saw plenty of quality riding. A fair few lucky Woollies packed there bike boxes for the Alps with some going for a week to take in the PPDS ride and
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  • June 2010

    June 2010

    June continued with fantastic weather and loads of club and non club riding, another newbie ride saw the membership swell well past the magic 100 member barrier broken for the first time in club
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  • Garmin - Free Maps

    Garmin - Free Maps

    The garmin Topo maps are £100+ There is an open source project that gives free maps for Garmins - im using it myself and its pretty good and so far at least as good mapping.

    Instructions.... (i found these on STW originally)

    1 - buy a 2 gig micro sd card
    2 - create a folder in it called 'garmin'
    3 - click here and download the 210mb file 4 - unzip it 5 - copy the file GMAPSUPP.IMG to the newly created 'garmin' folder on the micro sd card 6 - put the c...
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  • Woolly Home

    Welcome to the website of the Woollybacks Mountain Bike Club. Please watch our promo video below:


    The club started with a handful of enthusiasts in 1992 based in St Helens but now draws its membership from all over the North West of England.

    There is tons of riding going on, midweek night rides and weekends too. These take place in all the best locations in the North West including the Peaks, the Lakes, North Wales, The Pennines and Cheshire too. The club
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    • Welcome to the Woollybacks
      by CHUNK
      Welcome to the website of the Woollybacks Mountain Bike Club.
      Please watch our promo video:






      The club started with a handful of enthusiasts in 1992 based in St Helens but now draws its membership from all over the North West of England.

      There is tons of riding going on, midweek night rides and weekends too. These take place in all the best locations in the North West including the Peaks, the Lakes, North Wales, The Pennines
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      31-01-2020, 15:06
    • Drone Footage Ride at Winter Hill June 23rd
      by Whistling Jock
      Dear all
      We have an opportunity to have some drone footage done by a friend of mine, Chris. I've seen some of his videos and they are really superb. He is also a keen mountain biker and often takes
      07-06-2019, 12:07
    • Club Routes 2
      by CHUNK
      Ladybower best bits: this is a true club classic, in an area every mountain biker should tick of their "must ride list" 21 miles, all thriller and no filler. If you like your ups tough, but
      27-08-2015, 13:31
    • Club News Start of 2015
      by artillerydave
      Been a while since I've updated this, so here goes. The AGM started the year off so we planned out a cracking years riding. We ended 2014 with 199 members, so with every chance we'll break the 200 barrier
      02-05-2015, 22:00
    • Heavy Duty Bush
      by artillerydave
      Hi all, I've been talking about these a fair bit lately to quite a few members, so thought a bit of a piccy diary might help, so here we have a step by step changing of a standard eyelet bush and alloy top hat arrangement for a heavy duty / strong bush kit. Plenty of us use them already, but if you don't then have a read. Why change? the bush is the sacrificial part of this arrangement, and wears out to protect the eye of the shock, it is fitted with two alloy top hats, as these wear the bike de...
      02-07-2014, 11:17
    • July to December 2013 Club News
      by artillerydave
      July to December 2013 Club News
      The year continued in the same vein as it had started, as we basked in some of the greatest summer conditions we’d had in many a year the riding to be had up and
      28-01-2014, 23:53
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