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Cadets tackle mountain bike warrior weekend

 

Last month, five Kingham Hill cadets attended a two day Mountain Bike Warrior weekend in North Wales. The camp was designed to help the cadets advance their skills and develop their confidence on technically challenging mountain bike trails.

  

Staying at Capel Curig training camp allowed our cadets to access the trails they were learning easily. On the first day the everyone warmed up on the bikes with a series of tasks set by Major Terry. Getting used to the feel of riding the mountain bikes, testing their turning skills and most importantly testing their brakes, followed by a challenge of most impressive dismount.

  

Following the practice session, the cadets headed out on their first mountain bike trail, the Marin trail.  The planned route covered a distance of 12.8 miles with an overall climb of 2201 feet. A very technical beginning to the day meant a few falls were inevitable but the cadets remained in good spirits with growing confidence in their abilities.  

  

Day two provided a slightly shorter route, which took the group on a journey along the Moel Siabod mountain, with a total distance of 12.7 miles with an elevation gain of 1631 feet.  Although the weather started off very bleak and rainy it soon cleared up leaving the group with lots of muddy puddles to race through along with some impressive views.

  

Technical downhill paths with slippery rocks gave the team a chance to put into practice some more of their skills throughout the ride.

  

 

Overall, the cadets seemed to have a good weekend and had a chance to learn and practice different mountain biking skills that they can pass on to friends and family during future biking excursions, or perhaps during next year’s mountain bike weekend.

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