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1st December Trail Ride

Led by BC coaches, the monthly HHCC Ashridge trail rides will continue over the winter months so it is really important to remember warm waterproof gloves and a thin “beanie” or buff under your helmet to keep ears warm. Also lots of layers to keep your core body warm.

Our next ride will be on Saturday 1 December. This is a two hour trail ride for ages 8+ lead by qualified British Cycling Coaches and we split into ability groups. There will be some basic skills training with the younger riders – see  piece below.

Please meet at the first car park on the left up monument drive by 9.45am to register and be ready to ride for 10 am. The ride will finish at 12 noon. Postcode if you haven't been there before is HP4 1LX.
Please make sure you bring a drink and snack, helmet and gloves. Can you also please take a few minutes before coming to check the rider’s helmet fits properly and the bike is in good working order. Riders should be using a mountain bike or a hybrid fitted with gears and treaded tyres. Please make sure there is no loose clothing or shoe laces that could be caught on the bike.

Don't forget it is important that you are a member of HHCC or Summit MTB to attend these rides.

Please can you let me know if you are attending either rides and provide a contact number for the day. Clare Muir, Go-Ride Coach, 07941470066, email

Basic skills training for younger riders 

On the December trail ride, new HHCC Go Ride coach Beth Timlett will coaching the younger riders in trail basics such as ride position and gear selection. 
Beth says: 
As a (nearly) trained BC Level 2 Coach over the last 2 months I’ve been lucky enough to see first hand how the younger ones enjoy themselves when out & about in Ashridge. I would like to take the opportunity to improve on their skills – and overall enjoyment - by coaching a specific session on basic Mountain Biking skills. This will include:
  • Limbo poles: Learning how to duck under branches safely
  • Cornering:  Learning to corner safely & confidently whilst keeping a smooth pedalling action
  • Going up & down small hills: Understanding the ready position to go down a small hill...and then how to get up the other side without stopping!
  • Correct gear selection: Feeling & understanding the best gear for going uphill, downhill and along a flat track
  • Follow a trail that uses these new skills and put them into practice

If there’s time, then we’ll do a race at the end. 
All parents are encouraged to come along, join in and help along the way.
All children to wrap up warm, wear gloves & a few layers as it’ll be chilly, bring a full water bottle and a snack.
Call Beth on 07961 102042 if you have any specific queries but you will need to register for the ride in the normal way with Clare Muir.

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