As far as memories of the SOC mountain bike section go, Ron Pickersgill would often lead us astray on our road rides and took us to such places as Dead Man's Gulley in Nidderdale and on the Roman Road from Bainbridge. James and I then started to organise weekends away in Clumber Park where we camped with various SOC members and cycled round the Dukeries with a trail of kiddies strung out for half a mile on the forest tracks. We then organised a number of "Coast to Coast" crossings and other May Day tours which would always contain some off-road element.
History of the mountain biking section at the SOC 40th anniversary
Posted by David Neesam on 2015-03-13
I joined the Swaledale Outdoor Club in November 1998. Although interested in walking and keen to try my hand at other outdoor pursuits, it was mountain biking that attracted me to S.O.C. A newcomer to the sport, I soon felt that I needed to find a club to go out with, mainly because of the safety side but for company as well. My first experience of a S.O.C. ride was a very wet one with only Geoff Wall, the ride leader, for company.