The second What Mountain Bike National Demo Day was held in Llandegla, North Wales on Sunday and it was a blast. The guys at the trail centre had done a brilliant job of gearing the place up for the day, including creating a specific Demo Day route and setting up an outdoor catering station to replenish riders and visitors with tea, cake and other such delights.
After admiring the biggest bird table in the UK and wrestling with the registration tent and not-so-easy-to-assemble desk, we were ready for the first Demo riders of the day. The sun made an early appearance and managed to pop out and say hello for most of the day, which we were chuffed about.
All sorts of rider turned up to have a go on the demo bikes, many were there to try the huge range of bikes that Focus and Trek/Gary Fisher had taken along, others were intrigued by the on-the-fly geometry-changing gadgetry on the Bionicon bikes.
All of the riders we spoke to really enjoyed themselves, and most took advantage of all the bikes on offer - riding full sus XC bikes from the likes of Focus and Felt, hardtails from Dawes and there was plenty of full bounce DH fun on offer from Norco and Morewood.
We're looking forward to the next Demo Day at Thetford Forest - for more information and to book your rides, click here!
Here are some pics of the day, we'll post more tomorrow.
Interesting statue. Almost as scary as Jez
The WMB team are ready to take the first load of Demo Day registrations...
Inside the brilliant log cabin cafe - home of the best breakfast bap in Britain? Probably.
Well-equipped bike shop joins the well-equipped cafe
Young rider gets stuck into the Llandegla trails
A rider enjoys the sun on his back
Jez salivates over the two breakfast baps he's about to demolish...
Fourteen year-old Steven McCleve relaxes after a blast on his Demo Focus Raven Pro.
Oliver Knowles from Bangor usually rides a 29er, but was having great fun on this Demo Trek Elite 9.9
Glaswegian 29 year-old Claire Fisher was impressed with the full-sus Felt Virtue 4
Marie Convery was wary of the burly Norco Bigfoot bike she was testing, but the fit was perfect for her - the grin says it all!
Smile for the camera, girls.
Roy Forster travelled from Runcorn for a full day of Demo bike riding - here he is after a loop on a Focus First Expert. He's looking to buy a full sus bike in the future - the Focus is on his shortlist.
David Smith's usual ride is a Cove Stiffee, so he thought he'd have a go on the Norco Shore One full-bouncer. The uphills were a bit of a chore, but it was all worth it on the way down.
One of the friendly Demo Day WMB staff.