A PILOT mountain bike project for young people is being launched next week, with the aim of setting up a permanent club in a South Bucks wood.

Hodgemoor Wood near Amersham will play host to a skills course for 10 to 14-year-olds run by South Bucks District Council, which starts on Saturday, November 16.

British Cycling qualified coaches will deliver expert coaching on bike set up and maintenance, trail tips, drop-offs, braking techniques, riding positions, warm up, front and rear wheel lifts and other essential mountain biking skills.

It is hoped that the pilot course will prove popular and develop into a junior mountain bike club based at the wood, which is owned by the Forestry Commission.

Anita Cranmer, SBDC portfolio holder for community, said: "This is a must for any young cyclist who wishes to enhance their off-road bike handling skills.

"The location is ideal for mountain biking and there are also facilities nearby so that parents and carers can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while they're waiting for the riders to return."

The course takes place on a trail looping through Hodgemoor Wood - a Site of Special Scientific Interest - and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty halfway between Beaconsfield and Amersham.

The four week course costs £12. Riders are required to bring their own bikes although helmets will be available to borrow.

For further details and booking, contact the Sports Development Team on 01895 837348 or email culturalandyouth@southbucks.gov.uk