A thousand cyclists take to the trails at the Dalby Forest open day

Cyclists in Dalby Forest (Tony Bartholomew)

A thousand cyclists take to the trails at the Dalby Forest open day

Dalby Bike Barn's open day on 13 October showcased a range of CTC taster courses and activites at our community hub in Dalby Forest. CTC teamed up with PACE and the Forestry Commission to offer visitors an inspiring day of both MTB and road cycling.

Around 1000 visitors flocked to the Dalby Open Day.  Many families came to experience a great day of cycling on traffic-free routes; others had come to ride the trails for Dalby 13 a demo day where visitors could try out new 2013 style bikes and kit.

Visitors were allowed to test -ride the RC325.5 EXC mountain bike and try out the  ‘Dalby-proof’ brake pads. Qualified cycle technicians were on hand to give advice and fix and service bikes.

CTC Cycling Development Officer for Dalby Forest, Mike Hawtin said: "The atmosphere was buzzing with the enthusiasm of the public, and our car park was absolutely packed! Having tracked our sales of day passes I am certain we will be seeing more of our visitors again.”

CTC taster courses

The taster courses proved to be extremely popular too. CTC provides a full range of courses at Dalby Bike Barn, including specialist courses and led-rides.

We both really enjoyed the session - our instructor was great and gave us a few pointers to work on over the 2 hours which were really good to focus on and practice. I can't think of anything that I think should be improved, it seems like you have a really good set up here!”

Claire and Adrian

The venue is CTC's national centre of excellence, so the open day was a great opportunity to invite cyclists to see why CTC courses offer the best tuition and support.

CTC will be running a range of courses starting from introductory level for the less experienced rider through to technical skills courses and leader training for those looking to make a career out of their love of cycling.

We all had a lovely day on Saturday, Gill our instructor was very
patient and knowledgeable - we all picked up some really useful tips.”

Margaret, Tony and Roisan

To book a course with a skilled instructor, or to find out more, go to www.dalbybikebarn.co.uk

Regular activities at Dalby will also include Thursday morning health rides for the over 50s, along with games and skills sessions for young people.


Bike hire

Dalby Forest  has world class mountain biking and miles of smooth roads, suitable for road cyclists and families too. At Dalby Bike Barn families can hire kids’ bikes and bikes fitted with secure child seats and trailers, electric bikes and specially adapted bikes to cater for people with disabilities.

Dalby Bike Barn is open 7 days a week 9.00am – 5.30 pm with a late opening on Wednesdays.

You can follow Dalby Bike Barn on Facebook at facebook.com/DalbyBikeBarn.

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