Military Mountain Bikers

Spring 2014

Military Mountain Bikers

Military Mountain Bikers is based in Rossendale, Lancashire.  Grants from the Endeavour Fund and Help For Heroes along with practical employability support from The Poppy Factory have enabled Military Mountain Bikers to refurbish a building that will act as a base for wounded, injured and sick participants to access trails perfect for mountain biking as well as man-made, purpose built trails at Lee and Cragg Quarries.  The grants have provided funding for all the relevant equipment and safety gear, the training and qualifications and the salaries and administration required to get this project off the ground.

Martyn Gibbons MBE was wounded during a mortar attack in Afghanistan whilst serving with The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.  Martyn will lead a team of qualified mountain bike instructors that will offer free guiding, training and assistance for wounded, injured and sick wanting to access or progress in this exciting sport.  Military Mountain Bikers will amplify the actions of all the participants of Military Mountain Bikers by offering sessions to local schools and youth groups so that young people will have a positive and realistic understanding of what dedication and service mean to those in our Armed Forces. 

Military Mountain Bikers have the bikes, the equipment, the expertise and the passion to open up this sport to wounded, injured and sick of all abilities and experience. Military Mountain Bikers will amplify the actions of all the participants of Military Mountain Bikers will also offer sessions to local schools and youth groups so that young people will have a positive and realistic understanding of what dedication and service mean to those in our Armed Forces.

The remarkable, purpose build facilities at Lee Quarry.
The remarkable, purpose build facilities at Lee Quarry.
Founder, Martyn Gibbons reflects as he looks over the Lancashire countryside.
Founder, Martyn Gibbons reflects as he looks over the Lancashire countryside.
Hundreds of miles of trails around Bacup draw cyclists of all abilities from across the country.
Hundreds of miles of trails around Bacup draw cyclists of all abilities from across the country.

“After going through the various stages of recovery I found the one constant I had in my rehabilitation was the ability to ride my mountain bike. The sense of being able to achieve something despite the setbacks in my recovery has been a great aid to keeping motivated.…”

- Martyn Gibbons. Wounded during a Mortar Attack in Sangin, Afghanistan