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Mountain Biking

There was no audible indication of what had just happened or any pain. It was an over the bars moment like any other, expecting to brush myself off, pick up the bike and carry on. I was just annoyed at myself for coming off on such a simple section and losing time on the 1st special stage on stage 4 of Ironbike, especially after a strong climb up to the start.

The position of the left wrist said it all, I knew my race was over. As was the next 6 weeks at least of riding minimum.

Okay, so we all know that cycling gets you fit, but what else does it do for you? We thought we'd put this together, and try to encourage more people to join the cycling revolution.  Here's our short list of cycling benefits, complied by Larisa and Robert...

1. Balance: Cycling produces the balance between exertion and relaxation, which is so important for the bodies equiliberium.  We all like to exercise, but we like to chill out too. Cycling is a perfect balance of both, and it alsotakes you to some amazing places, with lots more to see and do.

2. Heart: All the risk factors that lead to a

So who is Wormy?

Photo Editor Jerry, and Social Guy, Phil Walton from Pedalnorth

catch up with this man on a mission

Phil Walton and myself (Jerry Tatton) caught up with Karl "Wormy" Chapman at Danny Hart's Descend Bike Park to find out exactly who is Wormy, where he's come from and what is his driving force.

Q: So how long have you been into biking then?

Well, I started biking around 5 years ago.

Karl seems to have no fear as he's seen here taking on one of the biggest drops at the bike park

Q: What made you take up this sport?

I had a incident where I fell 40 ft and I broke both my

Northern Downhill Hamsterley TT

Storm clouds looming, but the weather held.Whip off competition anyone?

Northern Downhill returned to Hamsterley forest for the eagerly awaited TT. One of the best sections of red trail in the area known as Transmission, Accelerator and Nitrous was the course.

When all eyes in the mountain biking world were focussed on Fort William and the UCI world cup Downhill race, Northern Downhill were providing another brilliant race in a small corner of the North East of England at Hamsterley Forest.

There are few more adventurous countries than Norway. Historic home to the Vikings, this rugged land of mountains and wild places is a mountain biking mecca, with a myriad of trails for riders in all disciplines. If you like cross country, the wooded areas and singletrack are vast, and if enduro is your thing, then it's shere heaven. We've wanted to write a location guide to Norway for some time now, and to encourage you to take a fresh look at this potential bikeaction location. 

Right to Roam

Norway also has the 'Right to Roam' enshrined in legislation.