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A weekend of riding for everyone

We’ve got lots of events going on this weekend, covering all sorts:

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It’s Going Downhill!!

In the 8 years or so that mountain biking has become my main passion….obsession more like, I’d always said that I could never see myself riding DH or becoming a Downhiller. Nope, that wasn’t for me at all, trail riding was my thing with a bit of XC thrown in. It wasn’t that I didn’t like riding on fast descents, far from it in fact, but I also liked the challenge of having to tackle a climb in order to enjoy the ‘reward’ of a great descent.

Even several very enjoyable trips to Bike Park Wales, using the uplift for a full on day of descending wasn’t going to sway me, was it?


This past weekend, I entered my first DH race, the opening round of the MIJ Summer Series at the FOD.  How did this happen you may ask?

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Is Pedalabikeaway the model trail centre?

Pedalabikeaway in the Cannop Valley of the Forest of Dean has been a fantastic mountain biking and family cycling venue for decades, but after visiting it this weekend, I realised it has become so much more, it’s on a different level to other “trail centres” and is probably the model for others to aspire to.
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Places to ride: Forest of Dean Cannop Valley

Only an hour from Swindon, the Cannop Valley in the Forest of Dean has a huge variety of riding and facilities for all abilities. As well as some great natural riding, there are graded marked trails for all abilities: Green, Blue, Red, a variety of downhill trails, including one for offroad wheelchairs.

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