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!
It's not how you get to the end that matters, it's who you get there with that matters.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Our regular social rides cater for all abilities.
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.
Each year we load up the vans & head to the UK to ride new trails.
We actively put back in to the trails we ride with regular build & maintenance days.
Social Rides Week Commencing 19th September 2016