I needed change today for the parking meter to allow me to nip into Starbucks for a coffee and a cinnamon roll (highly recommended), so I bought a copy of MBUK. Amongst the various articles was a mention of the BikeRadar.com ‘Demo Days’.
The nearest Demo Day to us is at Bedgebury in Kent on Sunday, 28 March. The day is split into 9 x 45 minutes slots, starting at 09.30 and finishing at 4pm (i.e. last slot starts at 3.15pm).
Many of the bikes (Lapierre, Tomac, Ragley, Ghost etc.) are only available to book on the day, but I was able to book as my first 3 rides a Lynskey Ti Ridgeline 26LT, a Norco LT6.1 and a Lynskey Ti Ridgeline 29er which will keep me busy from 0930 to 1145. I would like to try a Tomac or two and a Ragley as well, so I’d best get there early.
Bedgebury Forest is at Goudhurst in Kent (Postcode TN17 2SL for satnav) and is fast becoming one of South East England’s premier mountain biking destinations, according to BikeRadar. Apparently the 800 hectare forest boasts 10 miles of singletrack and a professionally designed freeride area. Also a mini northshore section and new dirt jump course are now also open – so that’s where I will be found then!
Facilities include a visitor centre, cafe, bike wash and bike shop run by Quench Cycles. See Dave’s Bedgebury article on the quality of the flapjack, the strength of the hand dryers, and maybe the riding gets a mention somewhere too.
Any other Moles care to join me?