As a long-time mountain bike tandem fan, I've decided to try to get the few mountain bike tandem owners together for a weekend of tandem riding and fun in the Dales. To this end, I've got Stu at the fine Dales Mountain Bike Centre to reserve the bunkhouse for the weekend of November 9th/10th/11th.
The plan is to gather on Friday night, ride tandems for fun on the Saturday around the Yorkshire Dales, maybe throw in a few old Tandemania style games, like the trackstand... drink beer in the pub on Saturday night and then repeat on the Sunday. If the weather's any good, then I might try to get a tandem feature out of it for the magazine, but if not, then it's going ahead anyway as mountain bike tandems are great.
Please deal directly with Stu if you want to book space in the bunkhouse, he's expecting tandems to call, so although it might say that it's full for the weekend, it isn't if you're on a bicycle made for two.
Stu and the Dales MTB Centre can be found at: http://www.dalesbikecentre.co.uk/
The Dales riding is pretty good for tandems. Not too super-tech, not too steep, but steep and ruggedy enough for sure.
All mountain bike tandem owners are welcome. There's no entry fee or anything, and you don't have to stay at the bunkhouse; you can just turn up on the day if you fancy.
Email me if you'd like more details, but that's probably about as detailed as the plan is going to get. Please pass the word on to any other mountain bike tandem owners you know. Hopefully we can get a dozen or so, which would be quite an imposing spectacle. Non-tandem friends are welcome to turn up too, but I'd like to give the tandemists the chance to book a room first.