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Kullu Sarahan (Himachal Pradesh), Oct 5 2011 (IANS)
The woman, her mean machine and the mountains. As she cycles through the cold, often inhospitable terrain of the Hercules MTB (mountain biking) Himachal-2011 route, Nepal's intrepid woman biker Nirjala Tamrakar Wright says she's aiming for a hat-trick of wins.
"... Last month, Nirjala, who got married to a Briton in January this year, bagged the first prize in the 6th Forest of Dean Enduro race held in Gloucestershire, Britain, Sep 25. It was a unique experience, she said. "The track was very technical, single and muddy as it rained heavily while the race was on. It was mentally challenging. You can't see much as you have to clean your eyes time and again to remove mud," Nirjala said. She was then riding her sponsored Qoroz Professional titanium bike. She stood first among 35 female competitors by completing the 20-mile (32-km) race in 2.17 minutes".
IT RAINED, it poured and rather than suffering from broken or sprained limbs, the biggest problem was mud in the eyes. Despite this, the Forest of Dean's 6th MTB Enduro and the first to be taken on by the Lions, was a stonking mud-splattered success raising thousands for local Forest charities. Entries nearly doubled to 491 with 430 taking part on the day and they came from Kathmandu to Carmathenshire. It is now a cert there'll be an even more ambitious event next year. "It was absolutely brilliant, really went well and the atmosphere was so friendly," said Alan Townley of the Lions. "Entrants were amazingly good humoured, even though it rained almost constantly while the race was on. It was only as the last ones were completing their laps that the sun finally came out. "When one of the riders I knew came in and said 'Hi Alan' I couldn't tell who he was, he was that covered in mud. They were absolutely plastered. We don't know of any injuries, but the biggest problem was mud in the eyes which needed to be washed out." Angus Holland, a heating engineer from Lydney on his first major enduro event, said it was as much about mind as body. "Some of the riders doing four laps were doing them faster that we were doing two laps. Hats off to them because they're real athletes. It is a real mental challenge just taking on the second lap, you can't see, I had to keep washing off my glasses with my water bottle, there are roots and stumps everywhere. One of my friends had to pull out after one lap and had his eyes washed out with two litres of saline solution. He made the mistake of taking his glasses off so he could see. "But you really felt so great about just completing the laps and I have to say it was really well organised. By the time we'd finished and got a cup of tea our times were up on the screens." The enduro, which took in freshly laid-out trails and tracks around Sallowvallets near Cannop, involved a series of laps – each being 10 miles long.
The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review 28-9-2011
Off-road biking in the Forest of Dean
The Blue route (The Verderer's Trail)
Cannop Cycle Centre is receiving a fantastic facelift with new trails, additions to existing trails, better facilities and improved signage thanks to funding through the 1 South West project.
Cannop Valley, in the Forest of Dean, is managed by the Forestry Commission and offers miles of dedicated off-road cycling trails for a wide range of abilities through fantastic woodland.
The brand new Verderers' Trail is an exciting and adventurous trail for intermediate and experienced cyclists on mountain bikes. With different surfaces, narrow sections, moderate climbs and berms, this is the perfect adventurous experience for those wishing to get deeper into the Forest.
Phil Morton, Head of Visitor Services, Forestry Commission in the Forest of Dean said: "Cannop Cycle Centre offers a fantastic day out to families and with only a small parking charge - £3.50 for the whole day - it's also incredible value for money. Pedalabikeaway cycle hire, which is located on site, hires out a range of adult and children's bikes as well as tag-alongs. There is also a café and toilets on site and further plans afoot. Enjoy the Forest of Dean on two wheels!"
Ian Officer, owner of Pedalabikeaway Cycle Hire said: "The extensions to the Family Trail have already proved hugely popular with our visitors - especially the youngsters and young at heart. Likewise the new skills loops have been offering a great chance to hone cyclists' technique before heading onto the trails. We're all looking forward to the opening of the Verderer's blue trail - having had a sneak preview we think this is one of the best new trails in Britain, let alone the local area. The final descent back to Pedalabikeaway is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and we've already heard riders whooping loudly as they descend through the trees. Landscaping work around the cycle centre is also continuing apace, we can't wait to open our new extended cafe in the next few weeks and look forward to having a coffee with all our visitors over the summer months"
The Family Cycle Trail has had some very special additions over the last few weeks - there are some new humps, bumps and features just waiting to be explored by young children just starting to enjoy a little independent challenge. They've got great names too like rollercoaster, reversing the grade, bikes 'n' berms and tree slalom and you can choose to take the challenge or avoid them! For those wishing to develop their off-road skills there are two brand new skills loops created to test your bike control. Whether new to the sport or experienced there's plenty here to help build confidence and progress ability.
(Information Dated: August 2011)
"THE Forest's two Lions clubs have announced they're taking on an annual enduro-cycle event and have ambitious plans to expand it. Forest of Dean Lions and Severn Dean Lions currently run the Forest's biggest firework display at the Speech House. The enduro-cycle event, in its sixth year, will be a fresh challenge for the combined teams. Nigel Sampson of the Lions explained: 'The Forest of Dean Cycle Club have been running it, but we've been asked to take it on. It usually attracts about 300 competitors, around 250 last year. We're planning to expand it, ideally to about 500 entrants.' Mr Sampson says this year's enduro-cycle event will take place around Pedalabikeaway and Sallowvallets, including new trails, on September 25 2011. He said there'll be competitions for various age groups ... and for varying experience, from beginners to the most experienced. 'We have a separate website, we're also looking for entries from outside the Dean, so we'll be putting the message out in mountain bike magazines. Well-known photographer, Joolze Dymond, is also willing to help publicise the event ..."
Forest of Dean and WyeValley Review 05-05-2011