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Demo Day
When
Saturday 13th April 2024 starting at 9:30am with the last bike going out at 2:45pm

Location

Hamsterley Forest, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham DL13 3NL

Start and End at Grove Car Park - What3Words: vivid.bluffing.delight

Details

RedSky Bikes from Thirsk, North Yorkshire are excited to announce that they will be at Hamsterley Forest for their first Demo Day of the year. This is a chance for you to test some of our incredible bikes from Mondraker and Pivot. We’ve got everyone covered with MTB’s, E-MTB’s and even Electric Gravel bikes!

You will be taking the bikes out yourself along waymarked routes, taking in the existing Red Routes at Hamsterley so you will need to ensure that you are a competent rider. The exact route will be published prior to the event.

There is a small upfront investment of £10 per bike which will be fully redeemable against any bike purchased.

BOOKINGS

Booking website will be going live soon, check back here for the link or contact the store to register your interest.


AGE RESTRICTIONS

Riders must be aged 16 years or older. Riders aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by a riding parent/guardian who will be responsible for their safety.

PARKING

Please note the start and end of the ride is Grove Car Park. See the Hamsterely Forest map here for directions.

FACILITIES

There will be a Portaloo available at Grove Car Park. Hamsterley Forest Cafe Kiosk will be on site at Grove Car Park serving hot drinks and food for the day. Please bring CASH with you on the day to avoid any disappointment should you wish to purchase anything as the phone signal can be unreliable for the card machines.

CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations made up to 2 weeks prior to the event will receive a full refund, please contact RedSky Bikes. We are unable to issue a refund for any cancellations made within 2 weeks of the event or none attendance on the day.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER

Our demo day is ridden entirely at your own risk. RedSky Bikes will not accept responsibility for personal injury, death or damage to equipment while riding. Riders must stay on the waymarked demo route and not ride any of the other trails in the forest.

Demo bikes are the responsibility of the rider and loss, damage or misuse must be paid in full. A credit/debit card will be required as deposit and damage will be deducted from this if deemed necessary.

All riders must wear appropriate clothing, footwear and helmet. Riders aged 16 and 17 years of age must be accompanied by a riding parent or guardian who is responsible for the child’s safety and understands the dangers of riding at the event. RedSky Bikes reserves the right to refuse entry if any terms are not met or if riders behave irresponsibly.

ANY QUESTIONS

Email: shop@redskybikes.co.uk

Phone: 01845 444464

Mobile on the day: 07766496201

Check out what RedSky Bikes is all about on our website www.redskybikes.co.uk or follow us on Facebook/Instagram: @redskybikesltd

Rider

We are excited to announce that we are on the hunt for 2 Enduro Riders to join our RedSky Bikes Riders team for the 2024 race season!

Applications are now open to apply to be one of our Suported Riders, there is no specification on age or gender, all are welcome to apply.

Applications will close on 3rd March 2024 and the 2 lucky riders will be contacted on the 4th March.

Any questions please email shop@redskybikes.co.uk or call 01845 444464

CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW

Reliabililty Ride

To get your two wheels rolling for 2024, we have set up a 4-date Reliability Ride:
20th Jan | 10th Feb | 2nd Mar | 23rd Mar

Our RedSky Bikes Head Mechanic Stu has devised 4 routes to choose from, each one is a little bit longer and a little bit harder.

An opportunity to test your fitness or kick-start your season with challenges to aim for.

It's FREE to enter.

It's a road ride but use whatever bike takes your fancy.

Rides start at 08.30am outside the RedSky Bikes shop which is opposite Aldi at 3 Campion Square, Thirsk YO7 1GW. There is plenty of free parking.

Collect your Brevet Card from the shop so your route choice can be logged when you finish. And keep it safe for the next go.

There will be hot drinks for you when you return as long as it is before 2.30pm as the shop closes then.

Join us on the next date to either better your time, try the next route or beast yourself again so you can impress all your mates!

Below are the routes in Strava. You can download, upload or memorise them but these are the routes:

GENTLE https://www.strava.com/routes/3175452625900464618

INTERMEDIATE https://www.strava.com/routes/3179112194454849354

TESTING https://www.strava.com/routes/3175455673598724520

HARD https://www.strava.com/routes/3175459907781009832


For those wondering what a Reliability Ride is or consists of here is a brief copy-and-paste from grandfondoguide.com

"In the U.K., a reliability ride is known as a test of a cyclist’s reliability and that of their bike coming out of the winter period.

The emphasis is on fitness, self-reliance and navigational skills, although they are also used by competitive cyclists for training ahead of the racing season.

They are a great way to get in some early-season miles and work on your base endurance.

The route is not signposted but a basic route map or description may be provided (along with a GPS file these days). There are no feed stations, timing chips or souvenir t-shirts etc, although refreshments are available following the ride.

The ride is not a race. Like a normal cycling club ride, it takes place on open roads and without marshals etc. It is imperative that participants ride responsibly and in accordance with the Highway Code".

Got it? Any queries or question, give us a call on 01845 444464 otherwise please share and let all your cycling buddies know about it.


HOW IT WILL WORK ON THE DAY:

  • You wake up with plenty of time to check the weather and kit yourself out accordingly

  • Make sure you know your route and have it mapped on either your electronic mapping device, paper map or memorised

  • Eat some fuel food and make your way to RedSky Bikes

  • Grab your Brevet Card from the shop's front desk and look after it

  • When the whistle blows at 08.30am start your engines and off you go

  • Enjoy making your way around the route returning to RedSky Bikes where a member of the team will sign and time stamp your ride

  • The shop shuts at 2.30pm so make sure you are back before that or you have failed the reliability ride (better luck on the next date)

  • Share the hell out of it on your socials tagging us in @redskybikesltd and using the HashTag #redskybikesreliabilityride

  • Upload all the photos you took of your mates struggling up the climbs or that flushed-faced selfie

  • Tell all your friends how epic it was as you don't want them to miss out on the next RedSky Bikes Reliability Ride #fomo

  • Pen the next date in your diary and repeat 3 more times either on the same route or progress to the next more testing one