About The Green Lane Crew
In the summer of 2005 I (Paulus the Woodgnome) and Adam Kotlinski went to the BMF show in Peterborough and stumble upon the TRF stand (we were thinking about getting in to trail riding). After a chat and paying £40 membership we went to our first TRF meeting at Ridge near Potters Bar and met a guy called Richard Mawer who had also come along for the first time.
The whole experience was a bit of a shock really because we were treated like out-siders and not really welcomed into the fold. We asked loads of questions including the most important two - when is the next ride out and is there anyone that can mark our maps up for us. The answer to the first question was once a month and the answer to the second question was that no-one marks up peoples maps! When I asked them why they won't mark up maps they sort of avoided the question and mumbled something along the lines of 'we need to make sure you are the right type of people first'.
Luckily there was one lad there called George who knew where to ride and he was a bit fed up with the way the TRF were behaving and offered to ride out with us the following Sunday. We had a great laugh and wanted to do it every weekend! Being disillusioned with the TRF we decided that we should go it alone thus the Green Lane Crew was born!
As mentioned above, all we wanted to do was ride our road legal off-road motorcycles as much as possible without having to worry about how badly we rode! That set the whole tone for the new GLC - everyone should be welcomed regardless of age, background, riding abilty or the actual bike they ride as long as it is road legal. We wanted to encourage the use of our green lanes, not reserve them for 'the right type of people' as the TRF put it. I set up this website with the sole intention of getting more and more people involved in trail riding and to have our little space on the internet where people could arrange ride outs and talk rubbish to each other and I think that has been achieved well.
The club continues to grow and new blood is welcomed and encouraged regardless of how well they can ride. Trail riding is all about getting out into the countryside and enjoying our byways in a non competitive way. We also do the odd enduro and track day for those who want a bit more of an adrenelin rush.
Over the past few years we have organised rides all over the country, taken part in rallies and even been riding in Spain and Portugal. It's a great little club where laughs are guaranteed at every event and ride out that we attend. If you have not already joined the forum - WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!!
We hope that everyone see's the benefits of having a dedicated off-road trail riding club such as the GLC and even use it as a business opportunity. Members want stuff at a discount and suppliers want to sell more goods and services at a targetted audience. This seems an obvious marriage and great for both parties. Spread the word, get everyone you know with a trail bike involved and let's make it bigger than the TRF!!!
Of course if you have a business that you think may be of benefit to all us trail riders then get in touch and we can do something beneficial to both parties.