As long as I can remember, bikes were part of my growing up. I remember many of my bicycle “firsts”. The excitement of a new bike and the first time I’d ride it, that thrill of independence my first time riding to visit a friend, and of course my first “stack”.
I was raised in the UK, but our family lived in the West Indies briefly and that’s where I ditched the training wheels. I was never into jumps but loved forest and woodland rides – and I still do!
It’s funny the things that stick with you: I remember riding home from school one afternoon; the front wheel slid out from under me going around a wet corner on some concrete paving slabs. My knee was bleeding, my handle grips were scuffed, but I was more upset about my trousers. It didn’t stop me riding, but even to this day, I’m always very mindful of slippery corners when I’m out and about.
There’s something magical about riding next to the ocean
We’re really lucky in the Clarence Valley to have so many great ride options, with Bom Bom forest trails and the new Woodford Island tracks coming up this year as well. They all offer superb riding and are maintained by passionate locals.
In Yamba, I take my mountain bike and fat bike out around the town – I have a little circuit that I do, including steps, paths and the breakwall. There’s something magical about riding next to the ocean.If I had to give advice, the main tip would be to get the right gear. ALWAYS use a helmet, and ride expecting a good ride, but always be mindful.
We have so many great family riding spots in the Clarence Valley and in Yamba there are great cycling lanes and pavements to help keep little ones safe. If you’re riding on the road, make sure you know the road rules and follow them!
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