Last weekend we held our first guided mountain bike weekend and I'm delighted to say it was a great success. We ran it in partnership with Mazzard Farm - really comfortable and well kitted out cottages perched on the hill above Ottery St Mary. We started with a delicious meal out at the Rusty Pig on Friday night, and were ready to ride first thing on Saturday.
We started with a bit of exploring on East Hill - a nasty shock of a short, steep climb up from Mazzard Farm, but so full of sweet singletrack through the woods and a view that was so clear we could see to Dartmoor once we got to the top, that it was worth it.
On Sunday we were blessed with unseasonally hot weather - warm enough to eat lunch outside - and spend the day exploring Woodbury Common. It's a gem of a mountain bike paradise, with lots of singletrack, as well as plenty of open heathland. But you need a local to show you around, as some of the best tracks are hard to find.
This is what Lorrayne had to say about the weekend: "Cathy was absolutely superb in taking in to account my ability ... and tailored the weekend so that both myself and the other lady had a great time. Beautiful views, great tips on how to ride various terrains and handle the bike. The accommodation was fantastic at Mazzard Farm. Friendly and helpful with keeping our bikes safe and able to clean them after ride. To sum up - I would definitely recommend this weekend for anyone who loves mountain biking. Cathy is warm, friendly, fun and only too happy to make sure that you have a wonderful time whatever your ability."
The next weekend dates are as follows:
Friday 10th - Sunday 12th November 2017
Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th March 2018
Friday 9 - Sunday 11 February 2018
We also run regular shorter rides for local people which you can find on our Facebook events page or on the website. Here are the next month's rides:
Sunday ride - all welcome
22 October 2017, 9.30 - 12.30
Starting and ending in Sidmouth via Woodbury Common
Intermediate / Faster
Woodbury Common - Women only
Sunday 5 2017, 10am - 12.00pm
Beginners welcome / Gentle
East Hill, Sidmouth - Women only
Thursday 16 November 2017, 10am - 12.00pm
Novice / Moderate