The Forestry Commission has linked up with CTC, the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation, to appoint a first ever cycling development officer in 1,200 hectare (3,000 acre) Sherwood Pines Forest Park, near Clipstone.
Gearing up for the post is 25 year old Ian Jordan, who has given up a career as a mechanical engineer to pursue his passion for biking full-time. Ian explained:
“Sherwood Pines is the biggest biking venue in the East Midlands, but my job is to get folk who perhaps haven’t been on a bike in years to saddle up. We have a great network of off road trails and mountain biking isn’t just for the super-fit. It’s a great way to explore and keep fit for all ages and abilities.”
About 60% of the 375,000 people who visit Sherwood each year are cyclists thanks to £400,000 investment in new routes and facilities. But some people are missing out said Ian:
“We want to get more women biking as they are under-represented for no obvious. To show them what they are missing I’ll be arranging female only sessions to build up confidence using women instructors. We’ll also stage open days and rides to develop skills.”
Ian, who studied at Loughborough University and who worked in British airports on luggage systems, is one of 25 CTC-backed cycling develop officers in the UK. He got bitten by the biking bug just three years ago and is now relishing his career change. When he clocks off for the day he relaxes by playing the guitar and training for the 24 hour Mountain Mayhem endurance ride later this year. To find out more contact him on 07917 177151, or email ian.Jordan@forestry.gsi.gov.uk