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More women are being urged to saddle up in Sherwood Pines Forest Park.
An estimated 225,000 cyclists visit the 1,200 hectare (3,000 acre) beauty spot, near Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, each year to use the East Midland’s best and most extensive network of trails.
But a minority of these are females.
Now to change that the Forestry Commission has linked up with CTC, the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation, to stage a Womens’ Cycling Open Day in the forest on 16 July.
Ian Jordan, the CTC’s Cycling Development Officer in Sherwood Pines, explained:
“This is a chance to give biking a go under the guidance of the CTC's top female tutor. There’ll be expert advice in a friendly atmosphere. Off road biking in particular is often seen as a male dominated pursuit, but the tide is turning with more women taking part at all levels. But more needs to be done.”
The event is pitched at all ability levels so even novices can come along and get basic coaching and build confidence.
There’ll also be a female only session the following day (17 July) aimed at improving skills for riders of greater experience.
Becci Mayo, 28, ranger with the Forestry Commission, leads volunteer trail building sessions in Sherwood Pines. She has been a keen off-road biker for seven years.
“Biking is a terrific way to experience the forest and keep fit – and that’s the same for men and women,” she added. “We recently made a £300,000 investment in forest bike routes so the facilities are fantastic with trails to suit everyone. If more women gave it a go they would realise what they are missing.”
The free open day is based around the forest visitor centre and runs from 10am to 5pm. Booking is not necessary. For more information contact Ian Jordan on 07917 177151, or email email@example.com Bike hire is available for Sherwood Pines Cycles, or bring along your own.
Timings and venue are the same for the more advanced skill session on 17 July.
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 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. Visit www.ctc.org.uk
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