Youth XC Mountain Biking

What is Mountain Biking?

Mountain biking covers all sorts of disciplines of off-road-riding, and is a great discipline for younger riders to take part in away from busy roads.  Many of our youth riders are keen mountain bikers and regularly compete in regional competitions.

Away from racing, recreational mountain biking is huge.  The UK’s network of bridleways and other legal rights of way extends for many miles.  There are also a number of mountain bike trail centres within close driving distance (RendleshamThetford, Tunstall and Bedgbury Forest to mention just a few). They have marked, graded routes, in forestry land, with good amenities such as bike hire, bike shop, cafe and changing facilities etc.

Our nearest local Forest course is Halstead Woods on Halstead Road, Colchester, at the back of Holmwood House School.  The owners are slowly making it into a dedicated MTB site.

What you’ll need to get started

A mountain bike, suitable for technical and muddy terrain.

A helmet.


For those that want to scratch their competitive itch, we are very fortunate to have an excellent race series that runs every year in the Eastern Region.

Mud, Sweat & Gears

These are extremely well run and have a strong focus on youth races. They can also make for a great family day out!

UPDATE: There are plans for a small series of races for Summer 2021. Watch this space!


While we do not currently run any MTB-specific sessions, the cyclocross sessions are entirely suitable for MTBs. We also organise occasional off-road leisure rides and there are plans in place for more of these in 2021.


We would recommend joining the Colchester Rovers Youth page on Facebook.  This is often the best and easiest place to get up-to-the-minute information on what’s going on.  You can also email with any questions you may have.