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E-Bikeshop Owners Club Ride: Swinley Forest June 2016

By Martin Brown on July 2, 2016

On Sunday 26th June we held another successful E-Bikeshop Owners Club Ride. At one of the clubs favourite trail centers – Swinley Forest in Bracknell, Surrey.

We met for 10:30am in the main car park. A initial brief with all riders and we were straight onto the Blue route at Swinley forest, the Blue is a family orientated trail and gives us a good chance to warm up. Great to see some old faces back out for the Summer rides!

We filled the trail as usual with our whole crew, the group quickly evens out with the fastest riders at the front and naturally through to the back with each rider’s ability and fitness level.E-Bikeshop-Owners-Club-Ride-Swinley-June-2016-BracknellThe Blue route is mainly man made trails which undulate across the forest with high banked berms, climbs and descents. Every time we visit Swinley Forest the trails change as the trial builders open new sections and close old sections.

It had been raining the week before, but fortunately the forest is well drained / looked after and the trails were fast and smooth as usual, it’s a great place to ride all year round!E-Bikeshop-Owners-Club-Ride-Swinley-June-2016-eMTBWe followed the Blue trail for approx 4 miles before joining onto the Red. The Red is a little more technical with some more natural sections, fast flowy, lots of berms, small table top jumps and segmented sections that cross fire roads in between, which is a great chance to regroup and have a quick rest.E-Bikeshop-Owners-Club-Ride-Swinley-June-2016-Electric-BikesAs we found out alst time the ‘Jump Gulley’ is now closed so we skipped passing this on this occasion and followed the red all the way to the downhill sections in the middle at the top of the hill.E-Bikeshop-Owners-Club-Ride-Swinley-June-2016-Jumping-Electric-BikesMany riders had 2-3 rides down different runs, each offering something different in terrain. The best bit about being on the eBikes is being able to swiftly climb back to the top after each descent so we could get a few runs in before continuing onto the Red trail.E-Bikeshop-Owners-Club-Ride-Swinley-June-2016-Riding-Off-RoadAfter a quick rest stop, a natter and a chance for everyone to catch up we continued to follow the Red trail which goes on for approx 11 miles, before joining back onto the Blue section and head back.

The last bit of the Blue is really fun with really fast flowy sections that whisk down the side of many hills, after rising the Red for many miles, you can ride the Blue with ease and just enjoy the trails at a faster pace.

Conclusion

We all made it back safe and sound to the cafe. After a long ride which travelled approx 16 miles with lots of ascents and descents a much needed cup of coffee and slice of cake was in order for the team to build the energy levels back up.E-Bikeshop-Owners-Club-Ride-Swinley-June-2016-PitstopNo mechanical issues at all on this ride which was great, kept the group fast flowing, a couple of off’s but fortunately everyone was back on their feet and no injuries sustained.

All in all a great ride with a great bunch of guys. Really looking forward to the next one now!

The next electric bike ride will be at Friston Forest at the end of July. Already live on the club events section, you can sign up now. We will of course publish all the photos of this ride on the ebikeshop club page in the next few days, don’t forget to tag yourself in them.

The E-Bikeshop Owners Club is a closed group of riders, if you have purchased a eBike from us and want to get involved, please get in touch.

About Martin Brown

Martin has been in the electric bike industry for over 10 years & has helped it grow from the start. Promoting eBikes across the UK at events & offering the very best advice, tech articles, blogs & videos. In particular Martin is a major player for progressing the use of eMTB's, today owner of e-bikeshop.co.uk - The UK's largest eBike supplier specialising in Bosch & Yamaha, good quality European eBikes.



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