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Free family mountain 'Bike Night' at Alice Holt Forest

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Group of children with mums on their bikes at Alice Holt

Grab your wheels and ride into a family mountain bike (MTB) adventure at Alice Holt Forest on Saturday 18 September between 4pm and 8pm.  The Forestry Commission, East Hants District Council and CTC, the national cyclists' organisation, are hosting the first-ever family ‘Bike Night’, which is free to attend.

There’s some exciting challenges to test your riding skills, try riding the Northshore, a raised wooden pathway which twists and turns, or pedal at turbo speed to see how far you travel in a minute on the computerised turbo trainer.  There are also custom bikes to try such as the hand powered trike.

Sarah Walker, CTC Cycle Champion for North East Hampshire, whose role is funded by the Big Lottery, said:

“Everyone is very excited about ‘Bike Night’ and we have lots of volunteers on hand to make sure it is a action packed evening which people really enjoy. So come and meet other families who like to ride, it will be a great opportunity to make friends on a two-wheel adventure around the forest together.”

All families are welcome whatever age or riding ability.  Bring your own bike or hire one from Quench Cycles, costing £6.50 per hour, and why not have some fun and try a tandem.  There will be a special MTB treasure trail and a chance to see the plans for the new MTB trail at Alice Holt Forest.

‘Bike Night’ is a trial event for a new family MTB club which will meet once a month and start next year.   There will also be an art competition to design the new Alice Holt Forest Family ‘Bike Night’ club logo.  So if you’d like to be the winner bring your design along to the event on Saturday 18 September.

For more information contact Sarah Walker, CTC Cycle Champion for North East Hampshire, on 07775 595998 or email

Notes to Editors

CTC is the national cyclists' organisation, with 70,000 members and affiliates in 250 clubs across the UK. It is the oldest and largest cycling body in the UK, established in 1878. It provides a comprehensive range of services, advice, events, and protection for our members and work to promote cycling by raising public and political awareness of its health, social and environmental benefits. For more information see

The partnership between the Forestry Commission, East Hampshire District Council and CTC, the national cyclists' organisation, is known as East Hampshire Cycling for All, and has been promoting cycling in the area since May 2008.  Further information about East Hampshire Cycling for All can be found at

CTC’s Cycle Champions programme will improve the health, transport and environment prospects for individuals and communities across England who have historically not benefited from cycling.  In partnership with local organisations, our officers work with volunteers to bring CTC’s knowledge and expertise to inspire, train and support 34,000 new cyclists who are currently inactive or at risk of inactivity.

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

Alice Holt Forest offers the chance to play, ride, walk, or cycle in an ever-changing spectrum of woodland settings, magnificent views and tranquil ponds.  Experience life in the trees with Go Ape, take a relaxing break in our café and finish your visit with a quiet stroll in one of the more remote parts of the forest. There is a popular 3km waymarked family cycle trail through the forest.

Media contacts
Sarah Walker, CTC Cycle Champion for North East Hampshire
T: 07775 595998 E:

Jo Spouncer, Forestry Commission
T: 01483 326265 M: 07828 762045