Organiser Allan Mossop says the group provides the same “misdirection” as the foot-based Hash House Harriers, and they are looking for like-minded souls interested in regular mountain bike rides and having a few drinks afterwards, “a much healthier and social option than sitting in a bar doing the same.”
Mr Mossop says the bike hash has riders from a wide cross-section of the community, and he’s pleased that many Russians have recently joined. Riders who don’t own a bike can hire them through the MTB Hash group for B250 per day.
The Phuket MTB Hash meets once a month. The rides usually start at 3pm and finish by 4.30 pm, followed by food and refreshments.
“We would like to promote riding off-road on the island, as opposed to the boring folks who do triathlons on whippet bikes and never get dirty, or lost, or pi**ed,” jokes Mr Mossop.
In the last meet on Saturday the group hit trails around Mai Khao, in the northeast of the island, which was followed by refreshments and a swim on the beach. They next meet on July 20, and will hold their big gathering of the year in August on Koh Yao Yai.
For more information, see the group’s website at www.phuketmountainbike.com or contact Allan “Toolbox” Mossop by emailing him at: firstname.lastname@example.org