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NEWS RELEASE No: 1536114 MARCH 2012

Mountain bike courses for all the family starting at Alice Holt Forest

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Family cycling at Alice Holt Forest

The Forestry Commission is now offering a range of mountain biking clubs and courses for the whole family at Alice Holt Forest.  Starting this Easter holiday, Quench Cycles is offering mountain biking courses for children aged 6 to 18 run by fully qualified mountain bike leaders with first aid training.

Beginners and young riders will be guided along forest cycle trails, playing games and taking it in turns to lead the group to help them grow in confidence.  More experienced riders will be guided off trails through the forest, trying obstacle courses, learning how to bunny hop, wheelie and simple maintenance skills to promote rider safety.

Phil Daley, mountain bike leader at Quench Cycles, said:

“There’s nothing like the exhilaration and buzz you get when riding through the forest especially as part of a group. There’s always great camaraderie as people get to know each other on the ride and lots of fun and laughter along the way.”

The Easter holiday mountain biking club for 6-11 year olds takes place from 10am to 12pm on 2, 3, 5, 10, 11 & 12 April.  For 11-18 year olds the club session take place from 2pm to 4pm on 2, 3, 10 & 11 April and costs £8.50 per session which include 2 hours of cycling, helmet and coaching.

After-school mountain biking club starts weekly at Alice Holt Forest on  Mondays from 16 April between 4.30pm and 5.30pm. Mountain biking birthday parties are also available, which includes a guided ride through the forest, games, obstacle courses and skills challenges.

For children and adults who have not ridden a bike before or are learning how to ride Quench Cycles is offering one-to-one coaching for children from the age of five and upwards. 

Phil Daley says:

“We can usually get children or adults up and riding within a one-hour lesson.”

For women why not try a fresh air alternative to spinning in the gym, with Real Spin. Tailored to the ability level of the group, Real Spin classes include a warm up, hill work, gear changing and over taking games to increase fitness and stamina. 

No previous experience is required and as buggies and tag-alongs are available pre-school children are welcome to come for the ride. Classes run every Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 11am.  The first trial session costs £7 and includes bike hire and helmet.

As an added incentive the Forestry Commission is offering one free Real Spin class for all Discovery Pass holders.  It has also teamed up with Alton Sports, which has outlets in Farnham and Alton, to offer anyone who signs up to a Real Spin class 15% off sportswear for six months.

For further information and to book children’s mountain biking clubs, birthday parties and Real Spin classes for women call Quench Cycles on 01420 520355 or visit  Please note that bike hire and parking charges apply and advance booking is essential.

For more information about Alice Holt Forest and the Discovery Pass visit or or call 01420 23666.  Alice Holt Forest is south of Farnham, Surrey, located near Bucks Horn Oak at GU10 4LS off the A325 near Birdworld. 

Notes to editor

  1. The Forestry Commission manages over 250,000 hectares (600,000 acres) of woodlands in England.  Most of this land is open for public access and the Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in the country. For further information visit

  2. 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.

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