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Getting fit and having fun in the Chilterns

Mountain biking in the Chilterns is growing strongly with the national resurgence of interest in cycling and increasing awareness of the importance of exercise. Summit MTB is one of the largest and most active clubs in the district with nearly 200 members, including over 70 juniors involved with the club’s coaching programme. The club is based around

Amersham and its home is Lotts Wood, near Hyde Heath, where it holds race meetings, trail rides and coaching for its younger members. The adult section of the club leads

monthly trail rides for beginners and existing club members and is a great way of introducing riders to the vast and varied network of off-road riding available here in the Chilterns. For more advanced riders there is a weekly off- road night ride – a whole new way to experience the trails! Many cyclists concerned about

traffic and the state of our roads are turning to mountain biking. But mostly it is people who are looking for a new, fun way to get some exercise or families getting out together for a ride in the woods.

The club’s five qualified British

Cycling Go-Ride coaches provide coaching. Go-Ride is British Cycling’s development programme for young people and provides a safe and fun way to introduce children to cycle sport. The coaches regularly welcome

30-40 children to the monthly coaching sessions where the young riders learn everything from the basics of pedalling, braking and using their gears, to jumps, drops and bunny-hops. This year the club re-launched its

junior race team, the Summit All-Stars, who are regulars on the podiums at local and regional mountain bike and cyclocross races. If you would like more information on Summit MTB, check out their website at or email

Tim Pie and Zoe Allsop


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