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, Phoenix Cycleworks and Twisted Oaks 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 two excellent race series that run every year in the Eastern Region.

UPDATE: Both MSG and Travers have now finished for the year but many of our members can’t wait to do them again next year!

Mud, Sweat & Gears 

The dates for 2021 are as follows:

24th April Haughley Park nr. Stowmarket

16th May Twisted Oaks, Ipswich

19th & 20th June Haughley Park nr. Stowmarket

10th & 11th July Thickthorn, Norwich

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

There is also another excellent series organised by Travers Bikes near Southend.

Travers MTB Series

The dates for this are as follows and are all at the same venue:

25th April

9th May

23rd May

13th June

27th June


While we do not currently run any MTB-specific coaching 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.