Last week we heard that Mallory Park, the race circuit near where I live, opened its gates to cyclists on a Wednesday night so we went down to take a look tonight.
From 6pm half of the circuit is open to everyone while the other half is used for teaching/training kids. By 7 the whole circuit is open for you to pelt around as fast as you can. It’s about 1.3 miles around the lap, the record is 2:35ish and I got nowhere near that!
On the face of things, riding around a lap for an hour doesn’t sound that appealing, but adding in the mixture of a fantastic road surface, no cars, a reasonable amount of undulation and a few mates to pit yourself against and it soon turns in to your very own race circuit. As I write this post, my legs are gently aching so I know I’ve had a good work out.
What fascinated me was the activities going on in the pit lane. A number of adults were coaching kids on bikes ranging from little ones with stabilisers through to pre-teen sized road bikes. It looked like a straightforward bike handling set up using cones and plenty of supervision and I think it is coordinated by the Leicester Forest East Cycling Club. Probably worth a look for a cycling family?
- Don’t turn up too early if you haven’t got the kids with you
- Bomb it around the top hairpin because the camber keeps you turning
- The start/finish line for Strava laps is the white line on the straight, not the bridge as I thought until I got home!
- Take a £2 coin … the fella at the gates is going to run out of change for fivers one day!