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On yer bike!

Well hellooo there bum cheeks! You made yourselves known after a two-hour bike trail in Bedgebury Pinetum this weekend. Someone get me a bag of frozen peas! Okay, so I’m half joking – we quite enjoy a family bike ride in the Muddy family and obviously I have buns of *cough* steel. But mine had ever so slightly gone into hibernation over the last few months, how about you?

Well, there’s no better way to blow away the winter cobwebs than getting out and about in the 2,500 acres of beautiful woodland at Bedgebury. If you live in Kent you probably already know about the fabulous cycling trails this forest has to offer (you don’t have to cycle – strolling with dogs and kids is just as popular plus there’s loads of brilliant play areas dotted along the way too). But did you know that Quench Cycles does kids’ birthday parties, women’s exercise classes and a great trade in quality second hand bikes? Here’s 7 things you’ll want to know about Quench Cycles…

1. The bike trails at Bedgebury, just like ski slopes, are graded according to ability. So Green is easy and suitable for beginners; Blue is moderate and good for intermediate cyclists; Red is Difficult, and so on. Not confident or worried about getting lost? For complete peace of mind, you can book one of their guides. They can show you the best of the forest, give hints, tips and coaching whilst riding and ensure that you don’t get lost. They can even take you to a local pub for lunch.

2. Quench Cycles can now be found at the huge open-air Cyclopark centre in Gravesend. Opening only a week ago on this site Quench Cycles hires not only mountain bikes, but road, hybrid and folding. The site itself is very different to Bedgebury, and will appeal more to bike nuts than the gentille, sometime-cyclists like me. It is much more urban and has 3Km road circuit, 6km mountain bike route, with blue, red and black technical features, pump track, BMX track and a skate park along with outdoor kids play areas.

The Castle Triathlon Series, at Hever Castle

3.Want to get match fit? Signed up to a triathlon in a moment of madness? (What were you thinking?!) Quench Cycles offers Coaching Sessions at Bedgebury, for all abilities. See here for more details of what type and what sort of level – all are available at a 1-to-1 level.

4. Kids’ Birthday Parties are available at either location. These usually involve a 2 hour ride with a guide and the minis can bring their own bikes or hire bikes at a special rate.

5. Ladies Rides regularly take place, called Real Spin Sessions (Mon, Tues and Thurs every week 10-11am). The first session is free and then you can buy a book of 10 tickets for £75 which have a 6 month expiry date (all abilities are welcome).

6. You can actually buy your bike here  – you name it Mountain bikes, Road, Hybrid, Urban, folding and BMX (and before you look into remortgaging they offer 0% finance over 12 months – just ask the team to talk you through the Ts & Cs…) But, better still, because the hire bikes are replaced regularly there’s often really good deals going on quality second-hand bikes too (it’s where I bought mine!)

7.  Got squeaky spokes or a pesky puncture? Both locations have decent workshops meaning they can service and repair bikes, offer free health checks and a 48 hour turn around service if the parts are available. And, if you live within a 15 mile radius of either site, they even do a free pick up and collect service – coming to the rescue at your work or home address and zipping off with your busted bike. Bet you didn’t know that!

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