Thetford Forest Festivities

The sun was shining for the third National Demo Day in Thetford Forest on Sunday and it went down a

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Third Demo Day goes down a treat

The sun was shining for the third National Demo Day in Thetford Forest on Sunday and it went down a storm. After recovering from the excitement of all the Easter eggs we’d managed to eat before registration opened at 10am, we were ready for a day of demos.

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This Demo Day had a different feel to the others we’ve done so far because it coincided with the first round of the 2007 British Mountain Bike Series – there was a great atmosphere with pro racers, amateur racers and Demo Day riders all getting stuck in on the day. Although it’s difficult to compare like-for-like [only a mobile catering van was available at Thetford] the bacon sarnies were, by our standards, slightly below par at Thetford. They did their best with what they had though…

There was a waymarked Demo route in the forest which allowed riders to make the most of the time they had on each of the bikes. Many riders double-booked bikes for over an hour, they were enjoying themselves so much.

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See below for pics from the day.

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Chris Lupton and his 11-year-old son, Seb from Ipswich. Chris was riding a Demo Bionicon Golden Willow here and was impressed with the on-the-fly geometry changing facility. “It’s obviously not as light as the carbon Trek Fuel 9 that I had a demo ride on earlier, but my own bike scares the hell out of me on steep downhills and the Bionicon would be ideal.”
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Here’s Chris again blasting through the forest track on the Golden Willow.
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Steven and Alan Munns came from North Hertfordshire to try out some of the Demo bikes. Here’s Steven [right] after a ride on the Gary Fisher HiFi Pro, and Alan after a ride on the Gary Fisher Paragon 29er. Steven enjoyed the day and was impressed by the different bikes on offer – he’s looking to upgrade his bike and said: “This sort of thing is great, it’s much better than riding around a car park – like you have to do on a ‘demo ride’ in most bike shops. The guys on the stands are really helpful too.”
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“Don’t worry, answer a few questions and we’ll leave you alone…Oh, and don’t look so worried.”
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41-year-old Andrew Grimmer from Ipswich said that the Demo Day was a superb idea. Here he is after riding a Gary Fisher HiFi Pro. He said: “This Demo Day makes you realise what else is about. The Felt Virtue 3 I rode earlier today was awesome! You could ride that all day long around here.”
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Ian Phillips from Norwich told us: “I wasn’t looking to buy something new, but after today I might just have to think again!” Go on, you know you want to Ian…
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No seriously, he’s really a friendly young scamp…