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Check out recent news, developments and blogs from the Dirt Factory team.

04/05/2020

Video Round Up: 8 of our Favourite Dirt Factory Edits

Round up of some of our favourite edits made in Dirt Factory for you to enjoy during lockdown
27/04/2020

#1 A Journey into MTB

Is Ben catching the bike bug? Could Ben possibly help inspire other people to try something new during lockdown? Read on to follow Ben's journey into MTB so far.
27/03/2020
Mountain bike rider in mid air over a sandy jump in the woods

A Year On A Bike

Our manager Matt is attempting A Year On A Bike, we’ve asked him to explain a bit more about it and to let you know how it’s going so far
21/03/2020
MTB at Dirt Factory

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

The Dirt Factory bike park is temporarily closed due to the current coronavirus (Covid-19) situation. Read more in our latest update.
02/03/2020

New Indoor Jumps and Trails

It’s been a busy year and our trails have been well ridden, it's time for the tools to come out. Read more about the new changes.
03/02/2020

Can you Learn from Pro Mountain Bikers?

Are these courses any different to an ordinary MTB coaching course? Will the entire course be based on advanced techniques? Read on and find out more.
15/01/2020
Meet the Team at Dirt Factory

Meet the Team

Have a nosy at what makes the Dirt Factory Pop-Up team tick in this meet the team blog. Keep an eye out for more team members being added.
10/12/2019
Rider jumping in the dark on the Dirt Factory airbag - image credit Conrad Ohnuki

A Jump in the Dark

As part of our ongoing collaboration with creative photographer Conrad Ohnuki, we recently invited a few riders to literally have a jump in the dark. The […]
16/09/2019
Spray cans at Tour of Britain event

Tour of Britain Stage 8 Oldham

A lot of cycling fans were over joyed when the Tour of Britain announced stage eight would be passing through all ten boroughs in Greater Manchester. […]
08/09/2019
Gowaan Fest at Farmer John's

Gowaan Girls Mountain Bike Fest

This weekend saw the inaugural Gowaan Girls Mountain Bike Festival taking place at Farmer Johns Bike Park. Organised by Enduro World Series (EWS) athletes Bex Baraona […]
21/08/2019
Ride Mossley session at Dirt Factory

Learning new bike skills with Dirt Factory

The Ride Mossley mountain bike program returned this year to Egmont Street Park in Mossley, Tameside. Two extra special sessions were delivered at the Dirt Factory […]
14/08/2019
Ragley Bikes at Dirt Factory

Exclusive Trade Event for UK Dealers

Yesterday saw Dirt Factory’s first ever trade event take place with great success. Hotlines Europe organised the event and filled Dirt Factory with a wide range […]
30/05/2019
Dirt Factory opening weekend images

Riders Celebrate The Dirt Factory Pop-Up Launch Event

A huge thanks to everyone who joined us for the Pop-Up Launch Event of the Dirt Factory Pop-Up indoor bike park. On Saturday 25 and Sunday […]
14/05/2019
Harry Main at Dirt Factory Manchester

Harry Main drops in to Dirt Factory

Last weekend we welcomed all-round rad rider and YouTube star Harry Main to the Dirt Factory indoor bike park. He rocked up on his latest custom […]
02/05/2019
Children ride the indoor pumptrack

Trek supports new Dirt Factory indoor bike park

Riders from across Greater Manchester and beyond are set to benefit from a new partnership that will see the latest Trek mountain bikes available for hire […]
21/04/2019
Dirt Factory construction partners

A big Thank You to our construction partners

The Dirt Factory team would like to say a huge thank you to the following organisations for their support in creating the Dirt Factory Pop-Up at […]
11/03/2019

Dirt Factory Pop-Up pre-opening plans

The trails are crafted and the team are putting the finishing touches to the Dirt Factory Pop-Up build. We’re all extremely excited to share with you […]
08/03/2019

Dirt Factory Pop-Up welcomes first school group

We recently hosted a great session for children from Medlock Primary School, Ardwick. They were the first school group to experience our new Dirt Factory Pop-Up […]
25/02/2019

Dirt Factory x Underway Free Workshops

Get your creative juices flowing and help to make unique items for the Dirt Factory Pop-Up. Come along to the free Dirt Factory x Underway Workshops […]
28/01/2019

Dirt Factory Pop-Up to open at Mayfield Manchester

We are delighted to announce a new partnership that will see a Dirt Factory indoor bike park Pop-up opening at Mayfield this February. The Dirt Factory […]
07/01/2019

New Year Trails

Happy New Year Trails to all Dirt Factory supporters. On behalf of everyone on the Dirt Factory team I wish you, your family and friends a […]
26/11/2018

Mossley Light Festival

The Mossley Light Festival is a one night spectacle where people come together and parade creative lanterns made in all shapes and sizes. Sadly, this year’s […]
20/09/2018

Positive Physical Activity. Project Complete.

The Ride Mossley project, powered by Mossley Sports Forum (MSF) and the Big Lottery fund has now drawn to a close. Due to the popularity and […]
31/08/2018

Big Air Bag

We love our Big Air Bag When delivering air bag projects, the most rewarding part is watching people jump the AirBag for the first time and […]
06/08/2018

Ard Rock Enduro Festival Pump and Jump

Off the scale – Ard Rock Enduro The Dirt Factory crew have just returned from this year’s Ard Rock Enduro Festival in north Yorkshire. What a […]
09/07/2018

Cycling Festival – Wallingford World Cup

Wallingford Cycling Festival The Dirt Factory pump track made its way from Manchester to Oxfordshire over the weekend to take part in the cycling festivities at […]
25/06/2018

Marvelous Mossley and The Event

Super Sunday, yes it was. The Dirt Factory pump track kept children very busy at this years Marvelous Mossley festival. The Dirt Factory team were on […]
18/06/2018

Malverns Classic 2018

Malverns Classic After a 20 year break, an event that epitomises fun returned in full force – the Malverns Classic 2018 will go down in mountain bike […]
09/04/2018

Pump Track Salford Peel Park 2018

It’s April half term, schools have broken up and young people are looking for something to do.  This Easter, Dirt Factory set up their mobile modular […]
26/03/2018

Ride Mossley

Big Lottery From April through to September, Dirt Factory will be providing free bike activities in partnership with Mossley Sports Forum and the Big Lottery Fund. […]
23/02/2018

Pop-Up Bike Day

Victoria Park, Swinton is where it’s been at this week. Some awesome Air Bag bike action, all types of cycle repairs and lots of bike theft […]
26/01/2018

Core Bike Show 2018

If you have never been to a bike show, Core Bike Show is always worth the trip. If you like to be dazzled and gain early […]
22/12/2017

Season´s Greetings

On behalf of everyone here at Dirt Factory we wish you, your family and friends a very enjoyable festive break and a happy, healthy 2018. If […]
23/11/2017

Dirt Factory Business Update

Business Update It goes without saying, since raising start-up funds last year. Finding a space suitable for an indoor mountain bike facility has been challenging. Who […]
03/11/2017

Air Bag Jam at FJMTB

Wind, rain and shine, the Dirt Factory air bag jam was enjoyed in all weather at this year’s Farmer Johns race. We were originally only running […]
05/10/2017

Do you wear a helmet?

Do you wear a bike helmet? If you’re not a helmet wearer, we’d love to hear why in the comments section below. ´´I don´t own one´´ […]
12/09/2017

Farmer Johns MTB Race 2017

Downhill bike racing, soap box, dirt jump jam, night race, long jump and dual slalom hosted by World Cup Champion, local rat and all round nice […]
09/09/2017

Little Hulton Goes Large Pump Track

A fantastic rainy weekend certainly didn’t dampen any pump track action. For the second time the Dirt Factory pump track was set up in Peel Park, […]
29/08/2017

Dirt Factory partners with HEDCAMz

One Life – Film It, that’s the simple ethos behind Olfi, the latest action camera by HEDCAMz. We’ve tried their action cameras and love them, so […]
14/08/2017

New Urban Bike Park Complete

Where and what on earth have Mark and Gary been up to? Here’s a quick update on what’s been happening including news on the urban bike […]
09/08/2017

Tame Valley Mountain Bike Route

It’s been nine months since my last guest blog where I introduced the proposal for a waymarked off-road cycle route around the Tame Valley, South Pennine […]
21/07/2017

School Cycle Sessions

During July we teamed up with Salford council and Greater Manchester Police to deliver a series of school cycle sessions. The aim of the project is […]
12/07/2017

Fun in the sun at Northern Grip 2017

What’s not to love about a summer Saturday in the sun with friends and bikes? For the second year running we headed for the Lancashire hills […]
27/06/2017

Quick fire Q&A with Bex Baraona

The team at Dirt Factory all know Bex Baraona from our years riding in and around Saddleworth on the local trails. Bex Baraona is an inspirational […]
09/06/2017

Fort William 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

If you have been reading the Dirt Factory blog you’ll know we love World Cup downhill racing and have made the trip to Fort William, Scotland […]
07/06/2017

Indoor Bike Project with Rio Ferdinand Foundation

Over the May half term Dirt Factory collaborated with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation (RFF) and Walkden Town Centre to deliver a free community pop-up indoor biking […]
22/05/2017

School and Community Bike Sessions

Whilst our premises search continues we have been sharing our love for cycling with several school and community groups across Greater Manchester. Permanent Indoor Facility Searching […]
04/05/2017

Riders unite for Urban Action Weekend

Last weekend, the Dirt Factory team descended on Great Northern Warehouse to host the Urban Action Weekend, our first pop-up event in Manchester city centre. We […]
22/03/2017

Dirt Factory Business Update

Business update The past two months have been crazy, and I thought it was time for a business update so here’s a little round-up for all […]
17/01/2017

Are you fully stoked on 2017 yet?

There’s normally a come down after Christmas and New Year, but I made sure that didn’t happen to me this year. The remedy was mountain biking […]
16/12/2016

Guest Blog: Cycling the World

When one of our shareholders got in touch a couple of months back, we were keen to hear more. Chris is an avid biker and supporter […]
22/11/2016

Get ready for winter riding

Until the Dirt Factory doors are open, outdoor winter riding will have to do. With winter almost upon us, the weather is already getting more challenging […]
18/11/2016

The first Dirt Factory shareholder meeting

On Wednesday 16 November we held our first Dirt Factory shareholder meeting. This was an opportunity to provide a personal update to the people who pledged […]
04/11/2016

Tameside MTB Trail Plans

Our first guest blog is from our friend and fellow rider Phil Allen. We’re assisting Phil in his vision for official MTB trails in Tameside. Read […]
28/09/2016

Farmer Johns 2016

Throwback to this time last year and we had bankrolled 2 barrels of Greenfields Finest for Farmer Johns big race weekender, you may have even had […]
21/09/2016

Venturefest 2016

You don’t often catch me in a shirt and tie, I’m normally dressed in relaxed mountain bike gear, but for Venturefest 2016, the shiny shoes came […]
18/08/2016

The places you can get to when you ride a local towpath…

The Canal and River Trust got in touch with Dirt Factory to see if we could help get people out on their bikes on some of […]
02/08/2016

Premises update

What are we up to now that we have secured investment you may ask? Well, amongst a few other things, our main priority has been working […]
25/07/2016

Northern Grip festival in full swing

On sunny Saturday we headed to Ramsbottom to take part in the inaugural Northern Grip mountain bike festival. The event was a celebration of all things […]
20/07/2016

Lake District & Farmer Johns MTB Park Weekender

As you know we’ve been working with Ben and Claire from WeRide to offer Dirt Factory customers access to high quality outdoor guided rides in the […]
19/07/2016

World Indoor Bike Parks

Our latest blog is inspired by the droves of bike enthusiasts who have created and supported other indoor bike parks around the world, but hats and […]
22/06/2016

Dirt Factory Hookit podcast

Tune in to the latest Hookit podcast to hear from Dirt Factory team members Dan, Mark and Ian. Hookit Products is a MTB, BMX, Moto & […]
10/06/2016

Fort William World Cup 2016

We are Legend was the headline at this year’s British round of the Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup – and legend it was. The Dirt Factory […]
27/05/2016

Fun activities around Manchester

R.I.P Steve Smith This blog post is dedicated to having plain and simple fun and professional mountain bike rider Steve Smith. The summer holidays are fast […]
22/05/2016

Dirt Factory Hero Dirt

Not many people have a use for clay and/or soil type materials, but at Dirt Factory this is the hero dirt we dream of and there’s […]
22/04/2016

IMBA Italia – Trail Building School

Winter has finally released its hold and digging in the forest can resume. When you love trail building almost as much as riding, this time of […]
19/04/2016

Back between the tapes… Peaty’s Steel City DH

As luck would have it, this year I managed to get a spot at Peaty’s Steel City DH and racing it was absolutely awesome. Me and the […]
05/04/2016

Premises, premises, racing!

Crowd fund campaign If you haven’t already heard, our crowd fund campaign has now finished and was a great success. The Dirt Factory wheels are well […]