If you went down to the woods that day….. 14/02/2012Posted by Ross Adams in Chester, Events, Ross, Team.
You were in for a big surprise……as two of CTC ‘s projects, Cycle Xtra and Bike Club joined forces with Forestry Commission, to deliver a Family Cycling Event during October half term at Delamere Forest in the heart of Cheshire.
We were blessed with fantastic autumn weather for the first of the joint venture projects between the two respected organisations, after the signing of the partnership agreement back in August. CTC staff had planned a series of cycling activities aimed at family and novice cyclists, in line with the aims and objectives of our new partnership agreement. Delamere is a fantastic forest, being relatively flat and having excellent transport links, including it’s own train station, it’s ideal for beginner cyclists, family rides and more advanced riders too. Planned activities for the day included led rides by qualified CTC instructors, a treasure hunt, puncture repair workshop, doctor bike sessions and for the more adventurous a North Shore style course to really test those skills.
Through extensive promotion and advertising, the day attracted over 120 participants, including one family covering three generations. Many participants where local to the area and surrounding parts of Cheshire. However as we had also advertised through the local camping and caravan sites , we were happy to welcome participants on their holidays from as far and wide as Cambridge and Ireland.
After registering as participants, riders could either have a go at the North Shore, where they received both encouragement and advice from the instructors from Get Out There Mtb, or they could collect a map and venture off on the self led treasure hunt around Blakemere Moss, a prize awaited every rider to find all of the bike related clues, however as we were feeling generous on the day, all those who took part went home with a prize!
Proving extremely popular was our led rides, running one in the morning, followed by another in the afternoon, everyone attending got to take part. A planned, 3 mile route had been marked out previously by CTC staff, including some of Delamere’s permanent cycle routes but adding a few detours on the way, to give riders a further taste of what the forest has to offer.
After a long but rewarding day everyone went home happy and smiling after a thoroughly enjoyable day. The day proved to be a huge success, bringing people togther on bikes enjoying their surroundings, getting some exercise and learning some new skills. What more could you want?
Here at CTC and indeed our friends and partners at Forestry Commission, we know the benefits and enjoyment you can get from cycling and particularly riding in a beautiful traffic free environment such as Delamere Forest. For more information on cycling in general or about riding at your local Forestry Commission site visit http://www.ctc.org.uk or http://www.forestry.gov.uk/ Happy Riding.