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.


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'.


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.


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.


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.


Our members will usually provide some entertainment on the ride.


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

The air was always thick...

...with the smell of TEMPTATION.


...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!


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

The world is a paradise...

...for those not cursed with self awareness.


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


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


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


We pride ourselves in our club values.

Set in stone

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


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!


We encourage & support you to achieve your full potential.

Don't be afraid...

...to get off and walk.


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


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!


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: August 2012

Social Rides and End2End Good Luck!

Posted in Social News by Gadge

Hi Everyone, I know we haven’t had many social rides recently, due to holidays, events and lots of people do their End2End training but this is going to change. Our normal social rides will re-commence week commencing 10th September. May I take this opportunity to wish everybody competing in the End2End, good luck. Watch this

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Steady Social Ride

Posted in Social News by Gadge

Neil Kerruish is organising a steady social riding this Thursday (tomorrow 30th August) leaving St Johns @ 6.30pm, everyone welcome.

Proposed New Kit

Posted in News by Gadge

Here are the proposed new kit colours and new Buff.  If we get enough interest in them we will place an order, prices will be confirmed once we have an idea on numbers wanted.  If you would like to order any of the new kit please get in touch with either Coops (coops@loaghtanloaded.com) or Gadge

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New Kit Coming Soon!

Posted in News by Gadge

We are currently compiling an order for some new items of club kit, namely a Buff, see Facebook for more details.  If you would like to order any kit please get in touch with either Coops or Gadge.

3rd Place for Loaghtan Trio!

Posted in News, Social News by Gadge

Congratulations to Neil Kerruish, Paul Flanders and Shaun Lewis who finished 3rd overall in last weekends Ritchey Trailmasters (formerly Trans Wales).  A great performance under some horrific conditions, the boys did good!

Da Claggy Thriller

Posted in Ride Blogs by Gadge

Early morning to boat on a Wednesday – with the race not until the Saturday! So why so early in the week to travel? Steampacket timetable, that’s why. Ireland must be the most inaccessible places to land! So into Belfast we went a few days ahead of Da Cooley Thriller, a MTB XC marathon of

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Sheep Tails – Issue 5

Posted in Social News by Gadge

The latest issue of ‘Sheep Tails Issue 5‘ is available to download .  If you have subscribed through the website you should get the latest edition direct to your mailbox. For previous editions of Sheep Tails please click on the relevant link below. Sheep Tails Issue 1 Sheep Tails Issue 2 Sheep Tails Issue 3 Sheep

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IMPORTANT E2E Course News!

Posted in News by Gadge

Sloc/Cronk ny Arrey Laa trail closed for maintenance. Will probably remain closed until E2E. It won’t be safe to ride short term, but will also need some time to settle. Anyone caught ignoring the temporary closure will be reported to E2E organisers.

More Loaghtan’s flying the flag!

Posted in News, Social News by Gadge

“Good Luck to Neil Kerruish, Paul Flanders and Shaun Lewis who will all be heading off to Llanwrtyd Wells to compete in the Ritchey Trailmasters (formerly Trans Wales) this coming weekend representing Loaghtan Loaded (thanks boys).

2 Loaghtan’s head for the Da Cooley Thriller!

Posted in News, Social News by Gadge

“Good Luck to Coops & Hamish heading off to Ireland to compete in Da Cooley Thriller XC Mountain Bike Marathon, on Saturday, August 18th representing the Loaghtan flock. It’s in the mountains above Carlingford Loch which you can almost see from Peel on a good day so come and give them a wave!!!”