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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.

Tree Disease Control – Access to Forests

Tree Disease Control – Access to Forests and Firewood Supply
Friday, 25 October 2013

Despite significant efforts to control its spread, the disease, Phytophthora ramorum, is now unfortunately present in many larch trees across the Island.

The disease, caused by an airborne fungus-like pathogen, can result in lesions on the trunks of infected trees, dieback of foliage, wilting of stems and also stem lesions on infected shrubs and other plants, ultimately resulting in plant death.
Larch species represent our second most prominent conifer species, contributing to over 1,200 acres of the forest estate. Minister for the Department, Phil Gawne said:“2013 has seen a significant increase in the spread of the disease with approximately 50% of our larch now infected. As a consequence of this, our woodland and forest landscape will alter considerably over the next few years”.
“In an effort to contain the disease, the Department has been felling infected areas as soon as practical. To date, we have felled many thousands of trees amounting to an area of approximately 125 acres across the forest estate. Known infected areas continue to be felled whilst plans are drawn-up to deal with the most recently infected areas identified from our 2013 helicopter surveys.”
“In addition to larch, the disease has also been confirmed on sweet chestnut and beech trees along with the shrubs, rhododendron and viburnum. However, the real worry is that is has the potential to spread to other species of plants and threaten important natural habitats such as our heathland areas.”
If this destructive disease is suspected in gardens, woodland or on other private land, the members of the public are advised to contact the Forestry Directorate for guidance. They should not transport any plant material. As the disease can spread to other plant species, it is useful to monitor other susceptible shrubs/trees and to keep the Department aware of further suspected outbreaks of the disease.
In terms of public access, in general the forestry estate continues to be available for public use, although, for safety reasons, areas where timber harvesting operations are taking place will be signposted and must be avoided.
The public is requested to follow some basic bio-security precautions to avoid further spread of the disease. Visitors are asked to follow some simple steps when visiting forests affected by the disease. Signs at entrances will identify areas affected and the advice includes:
  • Keep to designated footpaths and tracks to ensure that footwear and/or bicycle wheels remain clean and free from soil and leaf litter.
  • Don’t remove any plant material (including wood).
  • Clean your footwear, wheels and animals before leaving forest areas to access adjacent heathland and before visiting other sites.
  • Respect and follow any safety signage or advice and instructions given by Forestry staff.
Unfortunately, the infected larch timber contains fungi spores in the bark and could transmit the disease if stored close to other vegetation, including some garden plants. However, the Department is currently finalising an extra process to ensure it can safely be used as domestic firewood and has now resumed sales of slightly reduced volumes of bagged firewood to our retail customers. We hope to increase the volume available over the next few weeks and have also diverted some harvesting activity to allow spruce to be felled, so that sufficient supply is now available to our wholesale firewood customers.
The Minister apologised to firewood customers for problems encountered in recent months regarding firewood sales.
“I am sorry that the problems we have been encountering this year have led to customers not getting the level of service they should rightfully expect. That said I hope people will recognise the huge pressures the Department is working under in trying to tackle this devastating tree disease.”
Queries on the disease, public recreation in forests and firewood should be directed to the Forestry, Amenity and Lands Directorate at Thie Slieau Whallian, Foxdale Road, St. John’s, telephone 801263 or email forestry@gov.im
Issued By
Environment, Food and Agriculture

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