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The Kielder Trail Reavers are a volunteer group who design, build and maintain mountain bike trails in Kielder Water & Forest Park, deep in the Northumberland wilderness, close to the border with Scotland. We meet up at least once a month for trail builds, and we encourage anyone to come along and join in. No special skills are required - just an enthusiasm for progressing Kielder as a top mountain biking venue. Benefits for attending trail build days include parking passes, free camping at Kielder Campsite on trail build weekends, and the satisfaction of what can be achieved.

Race Reports

The Winter Warmer certainly lived up to its name with temperatures barely getting above 2°C. A field of 50 riders lining up at the start with 42 completing the race.  Local rider Tony Glover, from Hexham winning with an overall time of 2hrs 41mins -  congratulations.

Commiserations to Ian Strodder who travelled all the way from Douglas, IOM,  only to have his fork explode before the race started, but after a bodge repair still took part and did a couple of laps - such perseverance should be applauded. As usual punctures played their part affecting Ray Honour's race and dropping him a few places.  To all those brave enough to attempt riding the ford - well done, and Ian Gibson should of got a prize as he was the only one to clean it and he did it twice.

Congratulations to all who took part and we hope to see you all at the Border Raid on 11th May.  On-line registration is open now.


The 2nd round of the Kielder Marathon took place on the Saturday 14th May.  Read the report from competitor Julie Fearns.

Climb Time

On Saturday 17th July, mountain bikers gathered in Kielder for the third round of The Bike Place Marathon Series. Two laps of around 26kms was the order of the day, but following a week of almost continuous rain, the event name The Hot Trod seemed a little out of context.

However, the sun did shine for most of the day, and the route laid out by the organisers whilst proving to be demanding was popular with most of the riders. Using parts of the Lonesome Pine and Bloody Bush trails inter linked with forest roads and a few off piste sections was just the mix they were hoping for.



Charity bikers in last push for points


Saturday 16th October ushered in the final round of The Bike Place Marathon Series.

As dawn approached in Kielder Forest, marshals were already out checking the course, ready for the arrival of a bunch of hardy mountain bikers all set to tackle a course of over 55kms of challenging terrain. All this in a bid to out do their rivals and try and lift the 2010 Challenge Trophies in their respective class.


A quiet Autumn morning saw riders of all ages and from all parts of the country assemble at 10am for the start of this fundraising event. Determined faces and full commitment was plain to see, as there were individual prizes in each class (kindly donated by The Bike Place and SaddleSkeddadle) to aim for, as well as those all important points towards this year’s Trophies.

borderraid2The second round of The Bike Place Marathon Series took place in Kielder on Saturday 8th May.

Organised by the Kielder Trail Reavers, this annual series raises money for local charities. All the proceeds are split between the Great North Air Ambulance to support their good work, and the Kielder Trail Reavers to help towards maintaining and developing the trail network in Kielder Forest.

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