Mountain Bike Mash Up

During the week students visited trails at Plymbridge, Cann Woods, Lanhydroc estate, Tamar Trails Centre, Haldon Forest and the Exeter Canal Cycle Trail. Student’s attitude, behaviour and effort level throughout the entire week was exemplary. The trails at Lanhydroc were extremely technical and challenged all the students.

Haldon Forest saw students improve their techniques before completing a red difficulty trail. This required negotiating water, rock and tree roots. Tamar trails centre at Gunnislake was a new venue cycled this year. The area is based in a historically important mining area. Massive hills with broad trails tested rider fitness to the limit!

The venue for the final day was changed from the Camel Trail in Cornwall to the Exeter Canal Cycle Trail. Riders cycled the 18 mile route from Powderam Castle into Exeter City centre before returning to Powderam after lunch. They were rewarded by perfect cycling conditions along a traffic free flat route. This was well deserved after the hills of the previous few days!

It is fair to say that student’s confidence and fitness improved markedly during the week. A few bruises and scrapes were also part of the week but all came through successfully in what was a very enjoyable week for both staff and students.

Mr Smart and Mr Flage
Step Up Teacher and Science Teacher