Last night was the first of our Forest Discovery Rides – a relaxed spin around Alice Holt Forest with some help on hand for anyone who’s new to cycling or returning to riding after a few years away.
And what a great evening! Nine riders came along, all looking forward to the ride. Some had not ridden for 20 years, one lady was recuperating after an operation, and some had simply got out of the habit of cycling. All appreciated a lovely evening perfect for a bike ride.
We rode for three miles, before we offered the chance to split into two alternative routes – one heading back to the car park and another loop adding 2 miles to our route, making 5 miles in total.
Helen Wallace, from the Forestry Commission, was on hand to guide us around the forest and Paul Stanley, a keen local cyclist, volunteered to help everyone with friendly advice on easy cycling.
The Forest Discovery Ride was so enjoyable we will certainly be doing something similar in future, giving a regular opportunity to ride the forest with likeminded people. Watch this space for more news!