Mud, sweat and gears... Llandegla style

Mud, sweat and gears... Llandegla style

Year 8 students from St. Ambrose Barlow Catholic High School got a chance to test their newly honed skills around one of the most popular Trail Centres in the UK...
The students have been developing their bike handling skills on the schools very own pump style track, built using their Bike Club grant and further funding from the CTC's partner community cycling development programme Cycle Champions

These skills sessions have been run during after school clubs and during PE lessons, mountainbiking proved so popular it even made an appearance in the school sports day.

So with sufficient hours in the saddle behind them, PE Teacher and School Sports Co-ordinator for St. Ambrose, Mr Neenan, felt the students were ready to take on Wales. Even though it was mid July, the Llandegla moors welcomed the students w
ith typical murky conditions, the conditions may have been damp but the enthusiasm couldn't be. Bikes where unloaded, kit checked, let's hit the trails...

Llandegla offers a variety of graded routes and also boasts a freeride section, pump track and graded skills area incorporating everything you will come across when out on the main trails. Before taking on one of these main trails, the students spent half an hour  testing their skills on these sections.

Once warmed up and with ear to ear grins, it was time to tackle the newly designed blue route. This 12km trail starts with a long gradual climb, which tests many seasoned weekend warrior riders, once at the top the students were rewarded with a swooping decent, with the odd short, sharp climb, incorporating berms, table top, doubles, step ups and step downs. Finally returning to the trail centre cafe for a well earned rest and reward and to share stories of 'catching air' and 'pumping the berms'.
After 4 hours of riding it was time to load the bikes and kit back into the mini bus and trailer and head back to Bootle, Mr Neenan was understandably proud of his students, who had shown great progression, both in terms of bike handling skills and co operation with other riders, from their first session on the school track 12 months ago. The endurance and encouragement the students shown was also great to see...

Here's to the next time.

 

 

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