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2015 ISI Inspection Report

Excellent in every category

Mountain Biking Trip

Girls enjoy some mountain biking in the Sherwood Forest...

We left Leicester High School at 8.00am on a very cold but clear Sunday morning and in no time at all we had arrived at Sherwood Pines and met Andy from First4 Adventure, our instructor for the day. Luckily Andy had spare gloves for the three girls who had forgotten to bring them. Then, before we knew it, we were given our bikes and having a trial around a grassy area. Some of the bikes needed a bit of adjusting and then we were set to go. Andy found a muddy downhill bit that was quite uneven and taught us how to stand up out of the saddle to give a more comfortable ride. Then we set off on the blue adventure trail. This was a gorgeous, undulating ride through the forest. The trail was generally dry, but there were some exciting parts where we had to ride through muddy puddles. Sunny was the first to part company with her bike going down an uneven trail, but she was soon back on – after the back wheel had been reconnected! However, Sunny was not the only one to fall off her bike and by the end of the day almost everyone had fallen off at some point. As one of the parents had said when dropping us off “You won’t have had a good day if you don’t fall off”. The blue trail showed us lots of parts of the forest with some glorious sections through mature pine woods. It was a beautiful sunny day, although it was freezing cold and the sun did not seem strong enough to give us any warmth. By the time we had finished the trail, everyone was tired, hungry and cold and we all huddled into the minibus to get warm and eat our lunch.

After lunch we went to the skills park, where some of the bravest girls rode over the challenging shark teeth obstacle and the balance beam. There were plenty of bumps and hills to ride on and several mud holes to ride through. This is the area where most of the spectacular falls came with some narrow misses as some of us nearly had very wet and dirty landings. All too soon it was time to return our bikes and say goodbye to Andy. Everyone agreed that it had been a fun and challenging day.

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