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Mud Sweat & Gears - Thetford, Round Six


We will be playing host to the sixth round of Mud Sweat & Gears over on FR24 (off A1065 north of Brandon).  Matt, Graham and team put on fantasic events, especially with the work they put i encouraging youngsters and the ladies events.  Together with this they are huge advocates of reinvesting in the sport and to that end they will be donating a substantial figure to TIMBER post event which we will obviously be reinvesting in the trails n which we all ride.

Not only will we need marshals on the day but there will be quite a bit of preparation work on the course in the next few weeks and with set up and break down on the day. So could all TIMBER members make every effort to put a few hours in somewhere along the line to support the MSG event and ultimately support TIMBER.

Keep an eye on the forum for details. Thank you all in advance for your efforts!

Martin (Moe)


Forum discussion: http://www.timbermtb.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2956



Membership Renewal


With the AGM just having passed us, it is a sign that yet another successful year of activity has drawn to a close - and I think we can most certainly say it has been an interesting and productive one! Our continued progress over the past 12 months is solely  due to the sheer hard work undertaken by our members.

I hope, as we enter into a new year, we will still have your full support in order to help mountain biking within Thetford Forest become a much greater experience.

I confirm that the membership renewal fee remains at £10.  If you wish to renew your membership, you can click on this link RENEWAL.  As a member of TIMBER, you will have access to discounts on products and services provided by sponsors and affiliates.

Additionally, once you have given your time at a ‘Build Day’ for 24 hours in the year you are entitled to a free High Lodge Discovery Pass which allows you free parking at High Lodge for a year.



Forestry Operations


The High Lodge Area is currenty undergoing extensive thinning and felling operations, this has all been planned to minimise distruption to the cycle trails and other public access to the forest. Inevitably though there are areas that are out of bounds for periods of time.

Although these operations may be inconvenient, they are a necessary part of forest life. Please obey the signs and do not enter these areas even during the evenings and weekends, as depending on weather conditions (and even market conditions), the crews may well be working extended hours. Any 'near misses' or conflicts with machinery or contractors and public encroaching onto operations areas will only cause delays or worse (machinery v cyclist? .... the machine WILL win!). Please allow the crews to complete their work as quickly as possible and stay out of the area while operations are ongoing.

Thank you for your cooperation and support.

High Lodge information: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry//INFD-9DLLD3




Thanks to our relationship with the Forestry Commission, TIMBER were allocated a place on an officially recognized, 2 day, 4 x 4 course on a former gravel pit in Suffolk.

The weather was kind on the two days but unfortunately hadn’t been the previous weekend. This resulted in thick mud and large areas under water. Instructor Pam Bicknall, an ex RAF engineer and lifelong Land Rover enthusiast, did her best to get us out there driving, but in the poor conditions it did mean digging and winching the FC Ford Ranger, and even Pam’s own Discovery, out of the mud on a number of occasions.

The pictures here, and on the forum, don’t give a true reflection of the conditions!

Many thanks to Emma at the FC for enabling TIMBER to participate, and thanks also to the FC guys on the course, Adrian and Simon, for their help and encouragement. Luckily we got Simon’s Ford Ranger back in almost one piece!

On top of all that, we all passed our LANTRA 4 x 4 certification … some with more faults than others..humm.

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TIMBER MTB is the volunteer trail group in Thetford Forest working with the FC to improve the trails

Trail Conditions

Mildly moist! few puddles around and quite slippery in places but will improve if rain holds off.
Updated by moe 9 days ago.

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