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    Mountain Bike Specialists

    At Blazing Saddles, we’re all mountain bikers at heart, and we’re proud to to be premier dealers for local mountain bike specialists Orange, who hail from just down the road in Halifax. We’ve got all the latest 2016 models in our showroom, including the new Orange 4, Factory Editions of the Five, the Segment, and the Alpine 160. In hardtails, we have the Crush, the Clockwork and the new P7. We have 2016 Orange Demo Bikes available for you to put through their paces, and if there is one of their awesome bikes you would like to demo that we don’t have in our fleet then give us a call or come into the shop, and we will do our best to get one direct from Orange for you to try.

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    Meet our new recruit

    Gareth is our newest recruit and will be working at Blazing Saddles 3 days a week. 

    Hi, my name is Gareth and I live in Mytholmroyd and can be found on occasions riding around the roads of Calderdale. That’s right I’m a roadie!  I have worked in the bike trade now for 4 years on sales and as a mechanic, but now I’m back behind the counter and can’t wait to become a nerdy tech head again. As I’ve said, I ride road bikes , but in the past I have had my fair share of fun touring. Not any old touring, but backcountry touring in Oz, New Zealand and South America. The later being 6 months in the saddle and rough camping for the majority.

    Gareth bikeAll these trips and bike rides are done with my wife, Sarah. We met 11 years ago and since then have moved around the world and up the country, to settle here in Calder. She can be found working hard at West Mount Vets, doing all things vettie. 12 months ago we became parents for the first time and we are have great fun with Isla our little daughter. She loves our little running outings, tramping up dodgy gullies in the Lake District and in the future I’m sure she will love cycling too.

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    Great Reasons to Come

    If you haven’t made it up to ‘the Craggs’ yet, why not make time to pay us  a visit? It’s a beautiful spot, with stunning views across towards Stoodley Pike and lots of trails and routes for either mountain or road biking. On site, there are two local breweries, The Little Valley Brewery, Vocation Brewery, the Alpaca Comfort Woolshop, and  Craggies cafe, a really friendly busy place with awesome food and great coffee. Their Blazing Burgers are well worth a try! Craggies have a delicatessen, butchers and farm shop too, and bikers are very welcome.

    New Showroom and New Brands

    hubOur new showroom in Cragg Vale is bright and spacious and a perfect space to display the new season’s bikes. We have a dedicated Orange Room to show off the range, including the Five, the new Four, the Segment, Alpine 160, P7, the Crush and the Clockwork.

    DSC_1081-01We’ve chosen clothing from Sweet Protection, Altura and Specialized to set you up for the trails or the road, and shoes from Specialized and Five Ten.

    A range of high quality body armour  is in from Troy Lee and Sweet Protection, and helmets from Sweet Protection, Troy Lee, Giro, Bell and Specialized.

    New Bikes For Spring

    With over 40 bikes on display, there’s something for everyone, from full suspension serious trail bikes to  folding commuter friendly Bromptons and electric bikes. We’ve a small fleet of demo bikes you can book a test ride on, plus access to the full range of demo bikes from Specialized and Orange. We’re also have demo bikes from Brompton and Kalkhoff electric bikes. Come in and try before you buy.

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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:

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    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.