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About Us

The Dorset Rough Riders are a mountain biking and  cross-country cycling club based around the Bournemouth, Poole, and wider Dorset area. We welcome riders of all ages and abilities, offering a varied selection of rides throughout the week.

Looking for adventure on two wheels and a group of like-minded individuals to share it with? Look no further than Dorset Rough Riders, Dorset's premier mountain biking club, where fun, fitness, and friendship ride side by side. Since our transformation from the East Dorset Mountain Biking Society in 1989, we've been the beating heart of the local MTB community, growing to a vibrant membership of over 350 passionate riders.

Whether you're new to mountain biking or a seasoned trail veteran, Dorset Rough Riders offers something for everyone. Our rides, the core of our club's life, cater to all abilities and preferences, ensuring you'll find your perfect trail and group. With a variety of starting locations and flexible scheduling, including weekends and weekday evenings, there's always an opportunity to get on your bike.

But we're more than just rides. As members of Dorset Rough Riders, you'll have the chance to challenge yourself at the DRRT, our flagship 30-mile event that has become a legend in the area. And for those looking to venture further afield, our day trips to trail centres in England and Wales offer unforgettable experiences. Plus, if you've got a favourite spot, we encourage you to lead an away day and share it with the club.

Our commitment to the community and the environment has seen us engage in conservation projects, adopt rights of way, and introduce many to the joys of mountain biking. We're not just about the sport; we're about making a difference supporting charity events, the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and the NHS with bike lock packs to name a few.

The social side of Dorset Rough Riders is buzzing with activity. From the camping trips to cosy curry nights and everything in between, there's always something going on. It's not just about sharing rides but sharing laughs, stories, and good times.


Keen to brush up on your bike skills or learn the essentials of maintenance? We've got you covered with courses designed to boost your confidence and keep you riding smoothly.


So, what are you waiting for? Join us in the Dorset Rough Riders, where every ride is an adventure, and every member is part of the family. It's your chance to be part of Dorset's biggest, friendliest, and most exciting mountain bike club. Grab your bike, hit the trails, and let's make memories together. See you on a ride soon!

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