Who would have thought we would have to search out some shade in Mid September. Our popular Stage 1 course saw a dozen riders join us in the Autumn Sunshine down in East Sussex. Working through the foundations of off road riding techniques we covered bike handling, body positioning, braking techniques and we tackled ascents and descents. Everyone threw themselves at the exercises enthusiastically and there were smiles all round.
With the Autumn sun burning bright, we did have to search out the shade and took on plenty of water through the day to keep hydrated. It is so easy for concentration to drop when dehydration kicks in. Our group included experienced road riders taking their first steps off road as well as a few who had not long past their DAS and gained their full bike licences. These new skills learned off road transfer well into improving road riding and slow riding skills, so necessary now in most town and city centres.