Southampton University Mountain Bike Club


The Club

SUMBC is a club of 50+ members. There are twice-weekly local rides, regular social events and trips further afield. We revise where we go on trips over the course of the year, but some examples of destinations include Afan, Coed Y Brenin, Snowdonia, and Rheola in Wales, Gawton, Tavistock, and Triscombe in the South-West, and an annual trip out to Morzine in the French Alps! The club also goes on trips to races, both XC and DH, and historically have been very successful at some, both XC and DH.

We cater for all levels of riders and all styles; cross-country (XC), downhill (DH), freeride, DJ/street, and leisure riding.

How to Join

The best thing to do is join us outside the union at 2pm on a Wednesday or 1pm on a Sunday. You're welcome to come along on a few rides before joining. During fresher's week we can be found at the bunfight in the extreme sports section too.

You don't need to have tried mountain biking before either, we usually split into groups for the more experienced and the beginners so no one will be out of their depth. All you need is a mountain bike and a helmet. For our weekly rides we go to the local riding spot, Lordswood (about 15 minutes ride from the uni). We'll show you what the club is all about and make sure you all enjoy yourselves. We sometimes stop off at the pub after rides as well, keep checking here and sign up to our mailing list for more info.

Don't forget to sign up to our forums and introduce yourself.


Recreational membership costs 20 per year and full membership costs 40. You can always upgrade your membership later in the year.

Recreational membership includes the ability to attend rides, socials, and in-club races we hold in the local woods.

Full membership includes all of the above plus the ability to attend trips and external races further afield. Subject to budget, it also gets you free or nearly-free entry to the national student competition each year at the BUCS (a fantastic event, with a great laid back atmosphere, and good competition!).

You should get most of your club membership fee back in the form of subsidised trips, races and club kit etc. You will also be added to our email list upon joining.

You can download the membership form and fill it out. Then just hand it along with payment to one of the committee members or leave it in our club pigeon hole.

Mailing List

You can subscribe to the email list and receive regular updates by sending "subscribe" to

Further Information

The easiest way to get in touch is likely through facebook, you can find us here. Alternatively, contact us at or sign up to our forums.