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Charley Oldrid - Fluid Trails

Alpkiteer & Sonder Rider

Hi, I’m Charley……a mountain bike guide and outdoor instructor based in the Lake District. I’m passionate and committed to inspiring people of all ages and walks of life to get involved with the great outdoors, particularly on bikes! The journey began for me after studying a degree in outdoor leadership nearly 20 years ago, and now I’m kept busy managing a mountain bike guiding and coaching company, Fluid Trails. (www.fluidtrails.com)

I love to put the ‘mountain’ into mountain biking and am regularly out searching for the tastiest descents possible from mountain summits to valley floors, and the steeper the better! When I’m not riding bikes I’ll be out climbing or running….. just being out in the hills is what makes me tick. Living in the UK is awesome and provides such an amazing playground, from the coast of Cornwall to the remote hills of the Scottish highlands, there’s always an adventure to be had!

I feel blessed to be involved with Alpkit and Sonder bikes as they provide me with the best tools and equipment for all of the things I love to do, and more importantly everyone involved oozes enthusiasm and top level banter! 2019 will see me racing for Sonder all over the UK and putting their bikes to the test in the mountains. Happy days!

A few of Charley’s favourite adventures to date (apparently not just bikes then!):

  • 3 amazing and very different traverses of the Cuillin ridge on Skye.
  • Ticking off a long list of classic alpine routes.
  • Racing the Strathpuffer 24 hour mountain bike endurance event.
  • Riding Skiddaw, Helvellyn and High Street in a day.
  • Soloing Point 5 gully, Ben Nevis.
  • Dirt bagging around the western States and climbing loads of wild routes.
  • Skiing the Wildspitze, Otztal Alps, Austria.
  • Riding Lands End – John O’Groats 3 times in a summer.
  • Racing the Scottish mountain bike Enduro Series.
  • Running the Welsh 3000’s.

A bit about Fluid Trails:

Fluid Trails is a small and independent company offering bespoke and specialist mountain bike packages, guided rides and skills coaching. Based in the Lake District, Fluid Trails have access to some of the most beautiful trails in the UK and World. Whether you’re a beginner with an interest in mountain biking or a highly skilled and experienced mountain biker, we have something for everyone.

We deliver a professional and highly experienced service, making sure that you have an enjoyable and ‘fluid’ experience every step of the way. We aim to make sure you leave on a high and with a taste for more! We pride ourselves on taking our services to the next level……. Anyone can provide good riding, but it’s all the extras which will make you remember your journey with us for a seriously long time!

Founder, Alpkiteer and Sonder Bikes rider Charley Oldrid has over 10 years of experience working as a mountain bike guide, and holds both a British Cycling Level 3 Leadership and Scottish MBL award. After moving from Wales his journey as an outdoor instructor began following an outdoor leadership degree in the Lakes nearly 20 years ago, so it’s safe to say that there is no one better to guide you on your journey……both he and the rest of the team are very much looking forward to riding with you!

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