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The place we call home offers, stunning scenery, a good variety of riding and most of all a warm welcome! So welcome to Loaghtan Loaded MTB, the home of social riding on the Isle of Man!

Team Work

It's not how you get to the end that matters, it's who you get there with that matters.

Rut Slut!

She paused; she fidgeted; she stamped her heel; She choked the rage she could not all conceal; Then swung her wheel round with an evil grace, And took that hill at a terrific pace.

Real bikers

Real cycling is not about gear ratios. Or wearing lycra the colour of rainforest toads. Or pedalling to the country pub in the sun, then getting a taxi back because it's dark and raining.

Tools of the Trade

It had seemed like such a good idea at the time. Needing a fix and armed with a dumbell spanner, a set of Allen keys and an old toothbrush, I went out to score.

Commonality

It is no longer assumed that two cyclists have something in common. Even their love of cycling is not necessarily a common cause.

Strange Things

Unicycling is contrived. It hasn't developed for any other reason than because some clown wanted to be a bit more wacky than some other clown. Never liked 'wacky'.

Passion

There are some who will ride as long as God or whomever will let them. I am such a person, as is Mark M-M., who will ride his Viking funeral chariot in an incendiary blaze of faith and madness.

Trail Faeries

Ever since the earth started cooling from a molten ball it's been creating and influencing the mountain bike world we know and ride through.

Adventures

It was pure adventure, dodging hidden branches and smelling hot summer chaparral one minute, cool fingers of fog the next, rippling along in the zebra-lit trails. It felt like there was no one else on the whole planet as alive as we were.

Tandems

We knew two people on one bike was against the law. We did not care. We were in love. I was quite happy to be the back half, like a pantomime horse.

Entertainment

Our members will usually provide some entertainment on the ride.

Learn...

...how to repair a puncture as you'll be sure to get them.

The air was always thick...

...with the smell of TEMPTATION.

Variety...

...is the spice of life! That's why our rides are always varied and offer something for everyone.

It's all a balancing act

And we think we have the right balance.

Old School

No matter what you ride you'll always be made welcome.

He who reaches...

... the top first, waits the longest!

Fun...

...is the one thing money can't buy.

The world is a paradise...

...for those not cursed with self awareness.

Experience

Through years of cycling we have gained a great deal of experience, sometimes unwelcome!

Smile

At the end of every uphill there is usually a downhill!

Happy

We are always happy to welcome new riders to our merry flock.

Pride

We pride ourselves in our club values.

Set in stone

Nothing is set in stone, we're always ready to adapt.

Beer

There is always a nice cold pint waiting at the end of a ride. Sometimes during the ride!

Take it easy

Dreams are just clouds but sometimes clouds form recognisable shapes.

Anything is possible...

...if you put your mind to it; 34lb of bike to the top of Mt Snowdon!

Achievement

We encourage & support you to achieve your full potential.

Don't be afraid...

...to get off and walk.

Family

We like to think of our club as an extension of our family.

Charity

Our Longest Day, Longest Ride event is all in aid of raising money for charity.

Only the best will do!

We don't settle for second best!

Helping hand!

We never see a rider struggle, we sometimes laugh first then offer a helping hand!

Hardcore!

We are known to sample the local ales on occasion.

Social Rides

Our regular social rides cater for all abilities.

Team Work

Our 2010 End 2 End Challenge team before the start.

Longest Day, Longest Ride

We are the founders and organisers of the Isle of Man's only 24hr MTB Endurance Charity Event.

Organised Tours

Each year we load up the vans & head to the UK to ride new trails.

Trail Building

We actively put back in to the trails we ride with regular build & maintenance days.

Monthly Archives: May 2012

Get Well Soon Elliott!

Posted in News by Gadge

Elliott, We are all sorry to hear about your terrible accident and tragic loss of a close friend our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and friends. Everyone at Loaghtan Loaded MTB would like to wish you a very speedy recovery and back to your normal cheery self.  We hope to see

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The return of Hooperman! The Hooperman side!

Posted in Ride Blogs by Gadge

Read the latest Ride Blog by Sinbad and see just what he and Seamus got up to on Sunday. As I had a semi free pass for the weekend, I decided to fit in some yakking on the Sat night and a ride on Sunday, with the offer of Mr Shea to join me we decided to

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New photographs added to the Gallery

Posted in News by Gadge

One of our founder members took a few hours out one Saturday for a photo shoot around Conrhenny Plantation with a young and very talented photographer, Amy Bannister.  Please be sure to head on over to the Gallery Page where you will find not one but THREE galleries of Amy’s fantastic shots. I think you

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The return of Hooperman!

Posted in Ride Blogs by Gadge

Read the latest Ride Blog by Hamish and see just what he and Sinbad got up to on Sunday. To miss riding out on such a beautiful day and with near perfect conditions would have been remiss, let alone a crime of scandalous proportions! So it was a meet up at Sinbad’s and off the two of

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Social Rides Week Commencing 28th May

Posted in Social News by Gadge

Another fantastic weekend, the weather was fantastic. We got quite a bit done on the trail building at Conrhenny, in readiness for the Longest Day, Longest Ride. With it being practice week, and race week, next week some people may find it difficult to get out / or away from the course. But for those

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A Big Thanks!

Posted in News by Gadge

On behalf of the organising committee of the Longest Day, Longest Ride and Loaghtan Loaded MTB I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone that has been giving up their spare time to help prepare the course for the event. Without your dedication and support the course would have been considerably different.  I

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Water & Sewerage Authority Land Use Survey Results

Posted in News by Gadge

Below is a copy of the consultation response document from the Water & Sewerage Authority’s consultation on recreational access to it’s reservoirs and surrounding land. WASA Rec Use Consultation Summary_Final (2)

Social Rides Week Commencing 21st May

Posted in Social News by Gadge

Hope you’ve all had a good weekend. I know a few have been out, enjoying the fine weather. Just to let you all know, I’ve got a very busy week, this week so I’ll not be attending any rides. Tuesday I’ve got Coastguard patrol. Wednesday night I’m building flat-pack for friends, who’ve just moved into

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18 went out, 15 came back!

Posted in Ride Blogs by Gadge

Read the latest Ride Blog by Foxdale and see just what the boys got up to on Thursday night. The ride started at St Johns (Home turf for the Loaghtans). Once all the runners and riders were ready the 18 of us set off like the start of the Grand National (some of them were past their

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That eternal question “where were you when…..”

Posted in Ride Blogs by Gadge

Read the latest Ride Blogs by Onchan and see just what the boys got up to on Tuesday night. What happened; Firstly it was Coops what done it; I’ve said it and it’s out; impeach me if you must, just don’t make me ride those steps again. The Flock met at the Cat; some regulars missing, and

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