Young People Get on their Bikes

Monday 23rd May 2016

Part of our work, as we come alongside young people, is to provide opportunities to encounter new activities and experiences in order to motivate, inspire, and to unlock talent.

On the 10th May a volunteer, John, and member of our staff team, Luke, took a group of young people to Farnham Park for a mountain biking activity. Despite the wet weather the young people were extremely enthusiastic to get started and test themselves on the rolling hills that the park had to offer.

Prior to any mountain biking taking place, John demonstrated how to conduct safety and maintenance checks on the bikes, which had been loaned out to us for the day by Bike Start, The Source. We then set off for a couple of laps round the park and it was great to see everyone fight the physical and mental battles of the steep hills with determination and will power.

Andy said "It was great to do something outdoors that was quite tough and meant we had to work hard, I definitely want to  do it again."

As the activity progressed, so did the confidence levels, each of us were picking up speed whilst also trying different techniques of controlling the bikes.

Mountain Biking

A week later, we took the second instalment of the mountain biking activity to Tilford Park. The weather was kind to us this time with the sun shining. Once again, the young people involved were enthusiastic to get started and test their skills on the off-road terrain that Tilford had to offer. It is safe to say we underestimated just how tough it would be and found ourselves working hard up a sandy trail as soon as we set off!

It was worth it when we got to the top, not only to have a spectacular view of the park but also because we had an nice decent down through the trails.

View

Ryan said "I use to do quite a lot of BMX and mountain biking with my friends, so it was good fun to do it again! It would be great if we could do this regularly."

A massive thank you must go to John Clarke for his expertise, enthusiasm and speaking to Bike start who allowed us to borrow the bikes.

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