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The day we had been waiting for 18 months is finally upon us. After rescheduling due to Covid and lockdowns we had finally managed to rebook and actually make the journey to South Wales to Bike park Wales and a day of fun!
A nice early start with 2 pickups on the way (two clients for their first visit to BPW). The journey from there included lots of fun, chatter and banter as to what we could expect both on the Welsh weather front and on the downhill trails (accompanied with a very nice early morning coffee and a croissant stop)
We arrived to a cool morning slightly overcast and a touch damp but our mighty spirits were high as we caught up with the rest of the Project Active MTB group. It really doesn’t matter how old we actually are but we all agreed it was like being teenagers again looking for the thrill of the unknown.
Once I had helped our BPW virgins orientate themselves and the way things are done - we were off!
On the uplift for our first run of the day with my constant words of ‘first one is a warm-up, to find a little bit of flow and feel and what is going on and get the body and mind working - DO NOT GO MAD’.
As the morning progressed so did the confidence and appetite for more took over - We were flying!
Skills and techniques were developing nicely for everyone, with lots of big smiles and laughter through muddy faces a constant. My role simply is to give a few words of wisdom to keep everyone safe and staying on two wheels but to challenge personal boundaries.
As a mixed group of abilities, we all managed somewhere between 8-12 runs but more importantly, we all got to the end of the day with accidents and injuries with everyone reporting awesome feedback not only about the day but the way is was organised and communicated.
So if you have a group of friends or work colleagues that want to start off-road cycling then me a shout as British cycling MTB level 2 leader, I can help put the fundamentals in place, to support and guide you and even get all the bikes where they need to be.
We have an active MTB section so please get in touch if want to join us on our Tuesday night group ride from Long Hanborough, West Oxfordshire or on one of many upcoming adventures.
We set off on a Friday afternoon for the long trip up north, as 21 hardy souls attempt the Yorkshire Three Peaks in what will be ‘damp’ conditions.
We will all have our demons to overcome on this challenge, both physical and mental barriers to push through to complete this challenge in expected harsh conditions.
If you can spare a few quid to show support for a group of everyday people attempting to raise funds and awareness for Bridewell Gardens: Mental Health Recovery then please show your support here.
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