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Forest chiefs have launched a push to get more folk biking in a Notts beauty spot.
The Forestry Commission has linked up with the Cycling Touring Club (CTC) to appoint a first ever cycling development officer in 1,200 hectare (3,000 acre) Sherwood Pines Forest Park, near Clipstone.
Gearing up for the post is 25 year old Ian Jordan, who has given up a career as a mechanical engineer to pursue his passion for biking full-time. Ian explained:
“Sherwood Pines is the biggest biking venue in the East Midlands, but my job is to get folk who perhaps haven’t been on a bike in years to saddle up. We have a great network of off road trails and mountain biking isn’t just for the super-fit. It’s a great way to explore and keep fit for all ages and abilities.”
About 60% of the 375,000 people who visit Sherwood each year are cyclists thanks to £400,000 investment in new routes and facilities. But some people are missing out said Ian:
"We want to get more women biking as they are under-represented for no obvious reason. To show them what they are missing I’ll be arranging female only sessions to build up confidence using women instructors. We’ll also stage open days and rides to develop skills.”
Ian, who studied at Loughborough University and who worked in British airports on luggage systems, is one of 25 CTC-backed cycling develop officers in the UK. He got bitten by the biking bug just three years ago and is now relishing his career change. When he clocks off for the day he relaxes by playing the guitar and training for a 24 hour endurance ride later this year. To find out more contact him on 07917 177151, or email ian.Jordan@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
Notes to Editor
- The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. For more information visit http://www.forestry.gov.uk/eastmidlands
- As the UK’s National Cyclists’ Organisation, CTC has been protecting and promoting the rights of cyclists since 1878. CTC is a not-for-profit organisation that is funded through its membership and donations in return for support. By joining CTC you are supporting UK cycling and giving us a louder voice when campaigning locally and nationally on the issues that are important to you.
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