Racing start for new forest bike centre

Youngsters at Dalby Bike Barn (submitted)
Youngsters at Dalby Bike Barn (submitted)

A new bike centre is up and running in Dalby Forest following an open day on Saturday.

The Dalby Bike Barn will be running a number of bike-based activities for people of all ages.

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

The facility was created after CTC, the national cycling charity, teamed up with UK mountain biking brand PACE and the Forestry Commission.

CTC will also 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.

In addition to running Dalby’s full cycle hire service, PACE has a showroom where qualified cycle technicians are on hand to fix and service bikes.

Mike Hawtin, CTC Cycling Development Officer for Dalby Forest, said: “Our partnership with PACE and the Forestry Commission has made it possible to develop the Dalby Bike Barn as a community hub for experienced and non-experienced riders alike.

“We are very excited to make cycling in the great Yorkshire forest more accessible than ever before.”

The open day on Saturday featured taster sessions from the new range of skills development courses, games and fun sessions for younger visitors.

It also featured a mini northern cycle expo.