Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Posted by Matt | January 13, 2009 | 6 comments so far

I don’t normally write stuff here about the site design but regular readers will have noticed a change to the header to accommodate an upcoming rides panel, which pulls in events from

[Edit – upcoming has been closed, please refer to the Ride forum to find out what we’re up to]

Upcoming is a nifty site from Yahoo! which lets you post details of events and provides a means of posting questions and comments about it. I’ve set up a Muddymoles mountain bike ride group on Upcoming which I’ll tag our rides with so the details will appear on this site too.

Anyone else can add rides and associate them with our group too, and they’ll also be displayed here.

If you plan to attend a ride just click the link to the event and tick to let us know, there’s an added benefit that we can then mail all attendees. So if rain stops play or there’s some other issue we can email you to let you know. Signing up is free and painless but if you already have a Yahoo! ID (maybe you’re a Flickr user?), you can just use that.

After events we can tag any Flickr pics and they’ll be associated with the event which is a nice touch.

Design wise, the new panel here you see is far from perfect but will suffice as a hasty cobble togther. Following recent feedback—on top of a sneaking suspicion for some time—I think we all agree the previous Google Calendar method of publicising rides left something to be desired.

Having said that, we do have a steady stream of new riders (which we want to continue to encourage) so the idea of letting people know what we’re up to is worthwhile. Hopefully this will prove more transparent, allow the opportunity for more interaction and be quicker reacting.

Look out for further design tweaks in the next few weeks which will sort out the loose ends and hopefully make this site easier to use. If anyone has any thoughts about that or the Upcoming group, let me know.


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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  1. Colin says:

    Master stroke Matt. After various attempts, I think you’ve found the answer to getting us moles more organised.

    Trouble is, I’ve just been invited to an evening of dogging by some weird group!

    Lee, are you behind this ?

  2. Lee says:

    Now Colin, you know I can’t divulge any forum aliases.

    By the way, did you get the invite from the Godstone Gulling Group?!

  3. Colin says:

    Lol, alas no but just as well. I’m out later this week following an invite from the Tilhurst Teabaggers.

  4. Tony says:

    This is a cool idea although keeps on defaulting to searching for (non dogging) events for me in San Francisco.

    I wish! Marin county anyone?

  5. Matt says:

    You need to go to the home page and in the opening title where it says ‘Local Event guide for [town]’ click the change location link to switch to Bookham (or Fetcham or whatever).

    I can’t guarantee you’ll find what you’re looking for but disturbingly Lee and Colin seem to know all about the local ‘scene’!

  6. Related: Ride report: Wednesday 14 Jan - Norbury and Headley MTB loop | Rides | Muddymoles: Mountain biking (MTB) in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

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