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 regular route guides and articles for MBUK the UK's biggest MTB publication. We also sell a range of great products in our online shop.
Our mission has always been 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. We can also support your own personal group rides too; whatever you want, whether it's to arrange a fundraising multiday ride or maybe just designing a route for you, just drop us a line and we can help make your dream adventure 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!
King Alfreds Way resources map
If you are thinking of riding the excellent new King Alfred's Way route, check out our 'Resources map' for accommodation, refreshments, bike shops, etc en route.
Queen Elizabeth Country Park - Family trails planned
Plans to provide more family-friendly cycling at QECP have been announced, with the project being given the go-ahead having secured funding from Sport England/British Cycling’s Places to Ride fund. Construction is expected to start later this year and be completed in 2022.
Bike and Beer series
Come and join us and other like minded riders for a fun and casual ride through the stunning Chilterns countryside, with refreshments en route and beer tasting and food laid on afterwards.