After starting our business by writing and publishing one of the first proper mountain bike guidebooks 20 years ago, Rough Ride Guide has come a long way since then. We currently design and coordinate mountain bike events for various charities such as the British Heart Foundation, we run our own events such as the popular King Alfred’s Way supported ride and our London to Brighton Off Road at Night ride and do the route guides for MBUK the UK's biggest MTB publication. We also sell some select products in our online shop.
Our mission is to inspire people to get out on their bikes, to have some fun adventures and unique experiences. By providing expertly written route maps, some choice pieces of kit (have you seen our exclusive US Wingnut bags?!) and some bespoke events, this still very much holds true today. Whatever your requirements, we look forward to helping you on that journey.....
New and exciting events await for you in 2021, such as the popular King Alfred's Way supported ride, our London to Brighton Off-road at Night and our new Bike & Beers brewery series. We also offer guided rides for families through to advanced riders seeking some fabulous Chilterns single-track. Holding the highest MTB guiding qualification (Level 3) in the UK with British Cycling, and trained and qualified to lead night rides too, we can support your own personal rides whatever, wherever and whenever you want. From arranging a fundraising multiday ride or dream cycling adventure holiday just drop us a line and we can help make your dream adventure become a reality.
Need some help knowing where to get out and ride? Our pioneering guidebooks (where it all started) have removable pages and are packed full of routes and ideas of where to go for some great riding around the UK. Our top recommendation for 2021 is UK Breaks with Bikes; bursting with rides found around the UK 's holiday destinations - a perfect companion for riders wanting to explore the UK this year...
Use our UK map to search a location you'd like to ride, you are bound to find some cycling routes near you - then download the PDF file and off you go! With all of the man-made trail maps and info provided for free, bag yourself some great oven-ready rides or amazing natural adventures!
Trails for Wales update
After a long two-year process and several delays due to the pandemic, the recommendations for how to proceed with access reform in Wales have finally been published. The results are disappointing, but there’s still more to do.
AREA19 - skills area in north Reading
A small area of woodland, leased by the club to provide a range of jumps, drops and bermed trails to suit a range of riders looking to learn and improve their riding skills and a place to hang out with like-minded riders.
Big Dog lays down - The Brighton Big Dog event ceases to run
We're sorry to report that the twelfth annual Brighton Big Dog will not be running in 2022, or thereafter!