We started from the boating center next to Coniston Water and set out through the trees and along the shore of Coniston. With a quick lesson on the joys of uphill biking, everyone ploughed on upwards. It was definitely hard work for some and at this point it started to rain Cumbrain style (alot!) I think some of the students at this point were debating a mutiny! It can be difficult as an instructor to convince people to carry on against their own judgement but often experience tells you that the benefit will out-way the input of effort.
|Martin - Unfazed by the hill!|
So, with some convincing the group continued along a narrow trail and then up a country road to a beautiful river set amongst some high sided mountains. Some of the group showed real perseverance and fitness and I struggled to catch Martin up. The rest of the group pushed on behind and by taking it a bit slower made it up to the river.
|The final push to the top|
|A stop with a view|
From here we had a 'go as fast as you dare' trail back into Coniston and our starting point. I rode this trail with three students in front of me who showed skill and good route choice. Ryan deserves a mention for his spontaneous jumps (I definitely didn't teach him that!) and Becca for her flowing lines.
|Down hill biking champions, Ryan and Becca|
Overall a really enjoyable session from my perspective. The students were obviously unaccustomed to the hills of the Lake District but without too much moaning they came through and had a really enjoyable and edifying journey.
|Back at the lake in time for lunch|