Mountain bikers head for the hills

MOUNTAIN bikers from Priestley College headed for the hills to put their cycling skills to the test.

Priestley’s Mountain Bike Club – part of the College’s enrichment programme – took on the Blue and Red trails in the Lake District’s Whinlatter Forest.

The group stayed at the Derwent Youth Hostel during the visit on October 4 and 5.

Sports Tutor Paul Hopper said the club provided an opportunity for keen cyclists to ride in areas they might not have experienced before.

“Young mountain bikers struggle to get to places where there is any challenge in the ride,” he said.

“Delamere is the nearest to us, but it isn’t particularly mountainous. We’re visiting places they might not necessarily be able to get to under their own steam.”

The club – which is open to any Priestley student – will do four rides over the year.

Next they hit a trail in Trough of Bowland before trying out a route in North Wales and the final ride of the year will be a Black run in Grizedale Forest in the Lake District.

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