The Evans Cycles Ride It! events are a series of organised road and off-road rides that are designed to take the hassle out of your weekend riding. The rides are non-competitive with an emphasis on riding with other riders, riding in new areas and sampling some of the best off-road riding the UK has to offer.
“It’s all about getting people to use their bikes more often” says Event Manager Dean Stacey. “What we do is take the hassle out of getting out on your bike – we research the trails, mark out the courses, plot it on a map and provide support throughout the day. All you need to do is turn up and ride!”
The series makes it’s debut at Evans Cycles head office at Gatwick over the weekend 29th & 30th March (MTB on Saturday and road on Sunday) and then twice a month at different venues throughout the UK. Every ride has 3 pre marked routes designed for all standards of riders from family groups to experienced cyclists.
Experienced mountain bikers will be able to tackle the medium routes (about 25-30 miles) and long routes (about 35 miles). The long route involves a section of self-navigated trails testing riders map reading and navigation techniques as well as their fitness.
“Although we cater for the experienced mountain biker the rides have been designed for novices and families as well” explains Dean. “At every event there’s a shorter 12-15 mile loop and all kids under 16 ride free. The free entry for kids is something that is unique and designed to encourage more youngsters into mountain biking.”
Every ride includes:
• Pre-marked routes for all abilities
• FREE Memory Map OS map for each rider
• FREE SIS energy food & drink
• FREE kids entry
• Mechanical service
Adult entry is £10 per rider. Entries can be purchased on the Evans Cycles website at www.evanscycles.com/rideit and are also taken on the day (subject to a £2.50 surcharge)
Ride It is not just about getting out on your bike, it’s also about sampling the latest bikes from Evans Cycles extensive range of mountain bikes. Visit the Evans Cycles website for details on demo bike availability.
Why not make a weekend of it and bring your road bike for Sunday’s road rides? There will be four distances available for all abilities including a short 15 mile family route, short 30 mile route for those new to road riding, a 60 mile medium route or the full on 90 mile route for the ultimate test of fitness.