Axe Valley pedallers check out the Devon hills

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:39 15 June 2010

The AVR 100 milers

The AVR 100 milers

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An exciting day out was enjoyed by a group of Axe Valley Pedallers wanting a taste of mountain biking.

An exciting day out was enjoyed by a group of Axe Valley Pedallers wanting a taste of mountain biking. A group of experienced AVP mountain bikers kindly took a few novice members for a family day out in the forests at Haldon Hill, to experience the fun to be had biking off-road.What a wonderful day it was! The forest was dappled with sunlight as they enjoyed the delights of cool tracks through beautiful woodland with stunning views of Devon. After a quick lesson in how to check the bikes, then handle and ride them (quite different from road bikes), the group set off on the blue track, which was enjoyable and comfortably within their ability range. Being a fairly intrepid and adventurous group, it was decided to give the novices a taste of the red route. It was a brilliant day out and the taster session has convinced AVP that they want to enjoy more fun off-road in the fields and forests. Here we go - Woodbury Common next! l Fourteen members of the club have recently undertaken the 100 mile ride from Seaton to Haytor and back. There are plenty of hills to endure on the way with serious climbing en route to Moretonhampstead.On the way back the freewheeling down to Bovey Tracey was negated by the climb up Haldon Hill and it was home via Peak Hill and Salcombe Hill.Eventually the whole group made the finish, medals were presented and champagne toasts were plentiful.Congratulations go to Kimmo 'Goose' Evans, Joanna 'Bar Bunny' Becket and Mark 'Whitespot' Whatmore who completed their first '100 mile' ride. I'm sure they will be back for more.

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