Yesterday we attended the 1SW Cycling Initiative celebrations at Haldon Forest. We were there because our cycle trails at Plymbridge was one of the projects involved in the initiative. The 1SW initiative has been headed up by the Forestry Commission and is a partnership projeect which includes the National Trust, South West Lakes Trust, Bristol City Council, Dartmoor & Exmoor National Park Authorities and 12 AONBs.
We are really proud to have completed the Plymbridge trails and are delighted so many people are using and enjoying them. Thank you to everyone both Regionally and locally who have supported us through some quite emotional times! To cap it all there was even a really nice letter in yesterday’s Plymouth Herald!
The Plymbridge Cycle Trails Team from left to right. Paul Hawkins 1SW Project Manager, Gus Fergusson NT,
Angela Proctor 1SW and NT, Alex Raeder NT, Jim Pascoe NT and Adrian Colston NT.
Here are a few quotes from the 1SW Press Release celebrating the end of the project.
Overall the 1SW Project has delivered over 100 km of adventurous cycle routes across the Region. Many thanks also to our funders particularly the Rural Development Programme for England. The trails developed deliver health and wellbeing, economic growth and a positive focus for south west residents and visitors alike. The cycle trails are deliberately aimed mainly at inexperienced off-road cyclists rather than experienced mountain bikers to encourage new people to get out and get active. We know a wide range of people enjoy the trails, from families to pensioners, thrill seekers to peace lovers.
Jim Pascoe from the National Trust talking about the NT’s committment to off road cycling at the event
To kick off the event we were all treated to some top level cycling. Andrei Burton on the microphone and Joe Seddon on the bike.
Andrei Burton is one of the most established and successful professional mountain bike athletes in the UK. He has been riding trials since the age of 13 and has been competing for the last 10 years. He has been the highest placed UK rider in the UCI World rankings for several years in a row and in the top 10 in the world for the past 6 years. He has also won UK Elite championship competitions and been on the European and World podiums in BIU Competitions.
Joe Seddon. Previous British Elite Champion and international competitor, Joe is a top level rider with the results to prove it. Joe started riding 20″ trials bikes back in 2002 and quickly became a well-known UK rider. He has applied his skills to a range of bikes but now mainly rides 26″ trials bikes. Joe loves having a crowd behind him pushing him to go bigger, better and further!