We can still remember our first off-road rides. We want you to feel the same sense of freedom and excitement that we did.

Riding your bike off-road is an amazing way to get out, see the world around you and maybe get a little exercise.

Our discovery rides have been deliberately designed to get you out enjoying riding your bike. The emphasis is on having fun on lovely paths away from traffic, all ridden at a relaxed pace that is right for you.

Andy is a British Cycling Mountain Bike Leader so you know that every detail of the ride will be taken care of. He is an archaeologist so you might discover something exciting along the way too.

Discovery rides are mostly weekly rides that help you to build your confidence and fitness. Each has a slightly different emphasis so take a look at what we’re offering and

see which one is right for you.

The weather is warming up and you want to make the best of the weather to get outdoors and keep yourself feeling fit and healthy.

Backpedalling’s wellbeing rides can help you make that happen (as part of a calorie-controlled diet). Starting at the lovely Thrive café in Oliver’s Battery, these rides wend through the lanes and trails south of Winchester.

The wellbeing rides are designed to help you embed some exercise into your life by making it as pleasurable as possible. There are stunning views across the city but there’s plenty of time for chatting as we go. There will even be the odd descent that’s just enough to get your adrenalin flowing.

We honestly can’t think of anything we’d rather be doing on a Wednesday morning.

Throughout you’ll be looked after by our guide, Andy, who will make sure that everything is just right for you. As part of the ride Andy will give you some tips to help you, and your bike, become more confident riding off road.

Factfile: Wellbeing Rides
£8

Dates: Wednesdays

Start time: 09:30

Start: Thrive Cafe, Oliver's Battery

Distance: 8-12km/5-8 miles

Duration: about 1 hour

Difficulty: easy

Included: guiding, support and first aid

Not included: mountain bike, refreshments

You want to get out on your bike and see the countryside but don’t really know where to start. Our Back to Biking Wednesday night club has the answer for you.

We’ll take you for a spin round one of our favourite local loops. The relaxed pace and atmosphere means you get to enjoy the riding and the company. You get to taste off-road cycling in safe hands.

The ride starts from Costa Coffee in Weeke and weaves its way through beautiful ancient woodland. It’s a goldilocks of a loop: there’s just enough of everything. There are enough undulations to get your legs turning, and the downhills will get your juices going. This is where we go when we want to fit an hour’s riding in.

As part of the ride our guide, Andy, will help you gain confidence and develop your skills to get the most out of your riding. He will also look after you and make sure that everything is just right for you.

Factfile: Back to Biking Rides
£8

Dates: Wednesdays

Start time: 18:00

Start: Costa Coffee, Weeke

Distance: 8-15km/5-9 miles

Duration: 1-1.5 hours

Difficulty: easy

Included: guiding, support and first aid

Not included: mountain bike, refreshments

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