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     Ride and Raise Money for Mountain Rescue

    When: Sunday 12th July

    Rescue Rides is a fun way of fundraising for the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team! It is a cycling event for both road and off-road bikes.  It is not a race but an opportunity to take a personal challenge and enjoy the scenery whilst raising money for the Team. The event starts and finishes at the Team’s headquarters in Marsden and offers a choice of distances, terrain and difficulty.

    5 Great Routes to choose from

    There are five rides to choose from all starting and finishing in Marsden, two are road routes, two are for mountain bikers and a family route to suit all ages:

    Ski type colour gradings depict severity:

    RED Road Route, 40 miles with 4,761 feet of ascent taking in Chew Valley, Holme Moss and Castle Hill
    BLUE Road Route, 22 miles with 2,372 feet of ascent taking in Chew Valley, Meltham and Holt Head
    RED MTB Route, 32 miles with 5,300 feet of ascent taking in Diggle Edge, Lark Hill, Castleshaw, Willykay Clough, Wessenden Valley and Harden Moss.
    BLUE MTB Route, 15 miles with 2,470 feet of ascent taking in Wessenden Valley, Harden Moss and Royd Edge.
    GREEN a Family friendly Route, 7 miles long taking in easy tracks and quiet roads.
    Details of each route can be found on the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Site.

    How to Enter

    Entry fees range from £20 to £10 depending on route choice and people under 16 can take in the Green route for free. Please see Rules and Safety before signing-up.

    When you have completed your chosen route hand in your number at the registration desk, enjoy some well-earned refreshments and have a look round our Headquarters in the Former Marsden Fire Station. T-Shirts can purchased for a nominal fee and medals will be available for under 16 year olds. Refreshments will also be available to purchase for none entrants.

    About Moutain Rescue

    Unlike other European countries, Mountain Rescue Services within the UK are free of charge, available to all and provided by well trained volunteers who are called out by and work for the police.

    The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team averages 18 incidents a year totalling about 1000 man-hours of search and rescue provision for West Yorkshire Police.

    The team’s immediate area of response is the southern half of West Yorkshire. Although most incidents involve search and rescue on the moors and hills of West Yorkshire many incidents are classed as non‑mountain incidents. These are where the police call the teams in to assist in searches for missing people in rural lowland areas such as parks, woods and farmland these can be where crime has occurred or where crime is not involved but children or people with mental problems such as dementia / Alzheimer’s and depression are lost.

    Mountain rescue teams in England and Wales are independent charities gathered into eight regions according to their geographical area of operation. All official mountain rescue teams in England and Wales operate under the auspices of an organization called Mountain Rescue England and Wales of which Prince William became the Patron in 2007.

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    Sweet Protection

    We’re proud to be stockists of Sweet protection clothing. The story of their beginnings is inspiring – coming from a country where skateboarding was illegal, their passion and determination to produce the best technical apparel and safety equipment possible is still as strong today. Have a Sweet day, but stay safe.

    Available in our new store which opens Saturday 9th April 2016.


    Stronger, lighter, better. The Sweet mantra can be traced back to a school paper from 1988, made by one of the founders and design manager, Ståle Møller. With a group of friends, Ståle had already spent two years making the best skateboards in his hometown of Trysil. Skateboarding was prohibited in Norway until 1989, as the only country in the world where the government judged it too dangerous.

    The local boys from Trysil did not care about the government. They wanted to skate. Growing up in a small town in the mountains of eastern Norway, these kids did not have a clue how illegal skateboarding was developing in other parts of Norway. Ages before Internet and long before cell phones, this crew had more cultural input from California than Oslo. When the skate movie Thrasin’ came to Trysil in 1986, four wheels on a board got a kick-start. A local priest, travelling frequently over the nearby Swedish border, was caring enough to smuggle Transworld Skateboarding and Thrasher Magazine to Trysil. Skateboarding’s cultural influence had a long route from the west coast of USA to the deep forests of Norway. Ståle made skateboards from fine Norwegian wood, to supply the local shredders with his own label, Bushmade Skates. Together they built a 7 meter high vert ramp hidden in the woods to avoid exposure to the local law enforcement. The moment the unique Norwegian prohibition law was repealed, the Municipality of Trysil helped out with some money to build a better ramp in center of town, and the boys had overcome the first major obstacle in living the life they wanted.

    Stronger, lighter, better. With the crew skateboarding and kayaking through the summer or snowboarding and skiing in the winter, Ståle was busy creating better clothing and equipment for the boys, even making his own snowboard. When they wanted to explore the world in the mid 90s, they made the clothes and back packs themselves. Built to stand the harsh conditions on the biggest mountains.

    In 1997, freestyle kayaking was taking off. As the local river was closer than the dream of pacific surf, freestyle kayaking became rapidly popular in Trysil. All of a sudden you could make surf moves in the local river! The existing kayaks were crap, and Ståle made a kayak revolution when developing a Kevlar wonder for his friend and top kayaker, Erik Martinsen. The plan was to start a kayak company, SNM (Ståle Norman Møller) Playboats, but it kind of vanished in the haze. Instead the first spark to the Sweet brand was emerging. Still in design school, Ståle made a carbon fiber helmet Erik could use in the freestyle kayak world championships. The kayak equipment in those days was kind of ‘soviet agricultural chic’, and Ståle’s fresh design was breathtaking. Everybody wanted it, and soon the garage production from the early Bushmade days was keeping family and neighbours awake at night again.

    In 1999 Gøran, a friend of Ståle’s suggested over a beer the idea of starting up a new company: Sweet North. Integrating their uncompromising demand for quality and functionality into innovative products. Growing up with action activities in mountains, rivers and ramps, they had learned how to protect themselves from the elements. Having a Sweet day, but staying safe. From the challenging environments of kayaking, they had learned to help each other out of dangerous situations. Bringing these values and insights into snowboarding and skiing made sense, right? Yes, Ståle said, but let’s drop North. Let’s just call it Sweet.

    The company was established in 2000, and one of the first moves was to contact another uncompromising Norwegian; Terje Håkonsen. He saw the potential in the helmet prototype that was presented to him and joined the team. With Terje onboard, Sweet made the move from the local garage to International potential. Working closely with Terje in product development on the helmets, Sweet discovered that team involvement is the key to making great products. Today no Sweet products leave Trysil without the team’s influence.

    In 2003 Sweet made their first ISPO appearance and immediately won the Brand New Award for best newcomer. When the first clothing line is developed, the patterns and materials are much the same as back when the boys were first exploring mountains. On big mountains you need to depend on functionality and quality. No restrictions in making your way up and protected from the elements. Coming down the mountain you want a seamless flow, in the park you want freedom to tweak. Functional and technical clothing that feels good.

    The years passed by, but the dream is coming true for the friends from Trysil . The inspiration from the California skateboard and surfing culture is still there, but now it is a way of life too. Cultivating childhood activities as you grow older is a privilege that the Sweet founders enjoy. Spending time on the mountains and in the waves makes both life and products better.



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     Job Advert for sales person

    Description:We are currently seeking a full time Sales Person within our Cragg Vale store. The successful candidate will have ideally Sales experience and a passion for cycling. If this sounds like you and you feel you have what it takes to sell high end cycling equipment then we would love to hear from you!

    Location: Blazing Saddles Ltd @ Hebden Bridge

    Working Hours: 40 Hours worked on a rota basis including weekends

    Salary: Dependent on experience

    Closing date for applications: 23th April 2016

    Duties will include:

    • Providing excellent levels of customer service.
    • Actively pursue all sales opportunities and ensure that the customer is advised on suitable product for their individual needs.
    • Maintain a smart, tidy, safe and well merchandised working environment.
    • Handling special orders, warranty returns, booking in jobs and customer issues.
    • Being aware of current promotions, working with Epos systems.
    • Aid in unloading stock transfers.
    • Play an active role in maintaining an efficient stock management system.

    Candidates will possess the following skills:

    • Have a solid understanding of cycling and the products available on the market.
    • Excellent communication skills both with customers and working colleagues.
    • Be able to work as part of a dynamic sales team.
    • Have the drive to achieve and the self motivation to maintain the highest of standards.
    • Ensure a smart appearance and ensure a helpful, approachable attitude is maintained at all times.
    • Have basic computer literacy.
    • During extreme times you may be required to complete tasks outside of your normal duties/responsibilities or working hours.
    • Willingness to learn and undergo training for the job in hand.

    If you have any questions please pop in and come and have a chat with one of our friendly staff members!

    Closing date for applications -23th April 2016

    Please apply by sending a copy of your CV and covering letter to [email protected] with the subject header -Full Time Sales Vacancy

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    Day Two

    Over the next few days we’ll be auctioning off some goodies donated to raise money for the Flood Appeal in a special Facebook Auction. Each item will start at £1 so there’s a chance you might get yourself a bit of a bargain. All you have to do is go to our Facebook page and type your bid in the comments box underneath the Facebook Auction Day Two post.

    For the next 6 days there’s a chance to bid and win different items every day, including Cycling Adventure books, signed team GB cycling water bottles and Team GB cycling jerseys and mitts. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or check out our Facebook page for the day’s Auction lot.

    Happy Bidding!