£8,000 raised at last summer's annual ‘Big Bike Bash’ and a recent £2,000 grant from the New Forest National Park Authority have been used to make the improvements.
The money has been invested in improving existing sections of bike trails and new ‘north-shore’ Shoretrax Timber Trail at the 65 acre site near Bransgore as well as a fleet of new bikes and training for instructors who cater to growing demand for biking skills sessions. The work has just been completed and further support from the bike industry and CTC, the national cycling charity, has ensured great deals to make the money go as far as possible.
It’s great to have a place where people of all ages can come and have fun and learn new bike skills in a fantastic environment. We are really grateful to all those that support UK Youth’s work with young people and the local community who make events like the Big Bike Bash such a success! We hope to continue investing in cycling opportunities for all in the coming years.”
Louis Bonney, UK Youth’s Director of Fundraising
To keep the fundraising for cycling momentum, this year’s Big Bike Bash www.bigbikebash.co.uk  event takes place on the weekend of August 18/19, a celebration of all things mountain-biking, with music and real ale mixed in! Avon Tyrrell is the ideal setting for the event which is supported by a range of sponsors including local companies and organisations, the bike industry as well as an army of local cycling club volunteers.
Aimed at the keen mountain biker or the happy amateur, the event will have more riders, prizes, bands, and beer than ever before. The cross-country racecourse is 5 km of twisty single-track that includes water crossings and north-shore and there are unique competitions like pint-to-pint racing, malt loaf eating and the famous lake jump.
The weekend is perfect for the whole family, with live music, DJs, a beer festival and plenty of activities to keep non-bikers and children entertained.
Ticket prices for this year’s event, with overnight camping available, are £40 per adult and £20 for under 18’s for those who want to take part in any of the competitions and for those that simply want to soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the music and beer festival, tickets are £10. Under 12’s tickets with an adult cost just 1p.