Saturday 9th March 2019

A grim winter’s day couldn’t deter our demo riders at this weekend’s Specialized Wheelbase Demo Day. The event was fully sold out as riders turned up at Hamsterley Forest on Saturday to test out some of the world’s best electric and full-suspension mountain bikes.

Specialized brought some of the most popular trail bikes to test on our exclusive demo event. Riders took to the trails on the Stumpjumper and Enduro full suspension trail bikes plus the Kenevo and Levo full suspension electric mountain bikes. Five group rides went out during the day to explore the trails of the North East’s best MTB park with some lunch squeezed in between.

The event ran in unison with a Soil Searching Dig Day organised by Specialized UK and Hamsterley Trailblazers.

We were joined by Specialized and the crew from Hamsterley Trailblazers for a ‘Dig Day’. Joined by over 40 ready-to-pitch-in volunteers, we spent the day repairing and building on the trails we love to ride.

The idea behind the Soil Searching programme from Specialized is that we’re all responsible for the trails we ride and we should all pitch-in some time to help out with some maintenance. Along with the team from Hamsterley Trailblazers and our team of eager volunteers we tooled up and got to digging. We provided a hearty lunch to fuel the team in the winter conditions and everyone was in great spirits throughout.

Photographer Jerry Tatton was on hand for the day and managed to get some great shots, all of which can be viewed here.