Cycling club to stage its first-ever mountain bike ride

Stokes Cycling Club (North Bristol)

The Stokes Cycling Club stages its first-ever mountain bike ride, ten miles long, this Saturday (17th September), leaving at 12 noon from Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

Anyone reasonably fit, with a mountain bike, is welcome to join in. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The event leader, highly experienced rough stuff rider and qualified coach Andy Parker, will be giving tips on technique on the ride.

Andy said:

“As a first ride, it’s going to be fairly straightforward, with nothing too technical, so any kind of mountain bike will do as long as it’s in good condition.  There are lots of rideable tracks in the area, and I plan to explore them all over the coming months and show people just how many there are.”

Club rides coordinator Richard Burton added:

“We’ve been running very successful road based bike rides for well over a year since we started, and we’ve decided that it’s time we expanded to include mountain biking – I might even give it go myself!”

The club has been running lots of on-road rides, from short family rides on local tracks to fifty mile rides for the hardened cyclists, and after requests from the public, has decided to branch out into mountain biking.

Die hard road cyclists have the alternative of the regular Sunday ride, which this week consists of a 25 mile ‘medium distance’ ride to Shepperdine, north of Oldbury-on-Severn. Meet in front of the Leisure Centre at 9:30am.

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