Farmer John’s Race Weekend has been an annual trip for the team since around 2008. Most of us have raced, crashed or brought friends along to spectate, marshal or just heckle and holler PEDAL!
Sadly (or perhaps ‘luckily’ for some) none of us were racing this time around. Dan was at The Cycle Show in Birmingham chasing up industry supporters after EuroBike and Mark was delivering an IMBA trail building school in Trutnov, which, according to Wikipedia;
“is a city in the Hradec Králové Region of the Czech Republic, has a population of 31,239 and lies in the Krkonoše in the valley of the Úpa River.”
No I’d never heard of it either, but it does look nice…
So that didn’t leave many team members in the area but with the weather forecast looking good for the weekend we were itching to get down and drum up support for the upcoming Dirt Factory crowdfund campaign. So, rather than race, we decided to spend the cash on a couple of barrels of Silver Owl from Greenfield Brewery and give a pint away to anyone who fancied a drink on us. We had some sample t-shirts for sale and stickers that went like hotcakes, faster than we ran out of beer!
It was great to chat to the racers, marshals, spectators, parents and our supporters about where we’re at, what’s coming up and what we’ve been doing behind the scenes. There were plenty of old faces and many more new ones, and they all had questions…
…so what did we get asked the most?
When is Dirt Factory going to open?
If all goes well and we meet our CrowdCube target in February we will be open by October 2016.
How much is it for a pint?
Yes Free, just fill in out the supporters sheet.
Yup, gratis! Enjoy your pint…and follow us on Facebook (that’s pretty much how it went all day)
How can I donate money to the project now?
We’ll soon be selling Dirt Factory t-shirts via our website and you can save up to help chip in to the crowd-fund campaign.
Where will you be based?
We have identified a number of locations within Greater Manchester that would work for us, each has a number of benefits, negotiations are underway.
What was clear from our most recent visit to Farmer John’s MTB Park is how far the place has come since it was first mentioned in Dirt Mountain Bike Magazine. There were more campers, more riders, new trails, expertly crafted features including some impressive wooden bridges and rock gardens. The standard of riding has improved too, across the board.
All in all it was a great weekend as well as a healthy indication of the strength and growth of mountain biking in the UK.
Stay tuned for more free beer…
…and start saving for our CrowdCube campaign launching in February!