Pace Cycles has joined forces with the Forest Commission to open a new trail centre in partnership with CTC in Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire.
Dalby Bike Barn will provide a full cycle hire service in conjunction with a high quality retail experience supplying a range of bike brands and accessories. The CTC is also looking to make Dalby its flagship centre, where the organisation will deliver its top end training, guiding, coaching and education services.
The trail centre has been launched to help acheive the aim of making Dalby Forest a recreation and social hub for local, regional and national visitors, building on its reputation as a World Cup venue and site of a Tour of Britain stage.
“We’ve been developing our bikes in this forest for almost 25 years and in that time have seen Dalby progress into the World Class venue we see today," commented Adrian Carter, Pace managing director. "We intend to build upon that as we form a strong and unique partnership with CTC and Forestry Commission bringing together our collective strengths.
"Dalby Bike Barn’s key objectives are to provide a focal point for the local cycling community, attract more tourists and keen road/mountain bikers into Dalby and once here deliver the very best courses and events, technical support and retail experience all in a warm and welcoming environment.”
CTC senior off-road officer Dan Cook added: “Dalby provides an ideal environment for each of the 29 different courses that CTC delivers, as well as a great base for community development. Partnering with Pace and Forestry Commission at Dalby Bike Barn means that we can inspire more people to cycle.”
Forest Management Director Alan Eves said: “The high level of interest underlines the forest’s profile as a prime biking destination. We have sought to select partners who can help take forward cycling in Dalby, building on our reputation as a family biking centre offering world class facilities on and off the trail.”