Group rides its way to award nomination

A STALYBRIDGE mountain bike group has found itself one of the nominees for a top national award for the work it does in the area.

Tame Valley MTB Association is one of only three contenders for the Best UK Trail Stewardship Initiative honour at the Singletrack Reader Awards 2021.

And MP Jonathan Reynolds can claim some role in them being shortlisted – because he write to Singletrack magazine and nominated them.

Tame Valley MTB

Up against competition from the Forest of Dean in the south of England and Tweed Valley in the north east, it’s contribution has not gone unnoticed.

In its shortlisting, it says: “Tame Valley Mountain Bike Association have had such an impact that even their local MP took the time to write in and nominate them.

“Working with the council and local community groups, they’ve helped broaden the council’s traditional focus on utility cycling to take in mountain bike trails.

“As well as trail development, they’ve also helped new riders explore the area, offering bike maintenance sessions and guided rides, as well as creating a Stalybridge Cycle Hub where riders can access a range of useful information to help them on their way.”

A spokesman for Tame Valley MTB association said: “We still can’t believe we’re finalists and have been able to promote Tameside and the Tame Valley as a cycling destination.”

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