The unofficial trails around Wharncliffe have come under threat recently as the Forestry Commission considers the destruction of the locally made features.
Wharncliffe Woods has become a popular spot for mountain bikers over the years and is the regular playground of Josh ‘Ratboy’ Bryceland and the rest of the 50:01 crew, not to mention legends such as Steve Peat who have all ridden, and filmed in the area.
While unofficial, the trails in Wharncliffe have become quite the hub for mountain bikers around Sheffield and the UK as a whole with riders travelling to the area on a regular basis. This, in turn, has helped to boost Sheffield’s cycling credentials, and activists hoping to save the trails claim that the “Outdoor City” should protect the trails and the community that is thriving around them rather than destroy them. The Forestry Commission claims that safety issues have led to their involvement.
Riders, locals, and builders of the trails have already started to discuss alternative ideas with the Forestry Commission to help save the trails, but they need our help too.
A petition hosted on Change.org has already received over 13,000 signatures at the time of writing, with an aim to reach 15,000.
Josh Bryceland recently shared the petition on Instagram which has already been viewed over 50,000 times. The post shows the 50:01 rider at a local spot on what appears to be a Cannondale Habit, Cannondale being the team he is rumoured to be moving to after leaving Santa Cruz.
If you’re a local Wharncliffe rider or a mountain biker who doesn’t want to see an iconic riding spot destroyed head over to the Change.org petition page and sign right away.
What are your thoughts on this? Should these unofficial trails be shut down, or should the Forestry Commission do more to work with riders?