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Forestry experts take to the trails of Coed Llandegla for mountain biking challenge
(UPM Tilhill, 2012) Representatives from some of the UK’s best known companies in the forestry industry competed in this year’s Forest Products Challenge and had the opportunity to try out some of the best mountain bike trails in the country.
Fifty-two riders entered the competition from companies including UPM Tilhill, Stuart Walker Timber Haulage, Forestry Commission Scotland, Forest Research, AW Jenkinson, BSW, Boomeco and Clifford Jones Timber. Boomeco, AW Jenkinson and C J Timber all donated prizes.
Teams of three had to tackle a single lap of a 21km course with an elevation gain of 600 metres. The times of each individual were added together to give a cumulative team time.
This year the course incorporated new sections of black trail which have been designed to give riders plenty of ‘air time’ and feature some north shore berms, doubles and hips.
Taking the trophy for the third year running was Eddie Addis of UPM Tilhill who completed the course in a speedy 1.04.46 (1 hour, 4 minutes and 46 seconds). The last rider, or ‘lantern rouge’, finally finished the course in 3 hours 30 minutes – a time that warranted a ‘special’ prize.
Entrants mostly competed in teams of three with the winners, UPM Tilhill, narrowly beating a team from Stuart Walker Timber Haulage by a combined time of a minute and a half. There was also a prize for the fastest woman Lucy Prosser from Clifford Jones Timber and spot prizes were awarded to 16 people to make sure no teams left the event empty handed.
UPM Tilhill Forest Manager and event organiser Simon Miller said: “It was a real success and people loved the trails. There were lots of positive comments about the new trail, particularly from the riders who came from the North – they thought Coed Llandegla was as good as the best mountain bike centres in Scotland.”
It is the fourth time the event, which raised £200 for North East Wales Mountain Rescue (NEWSAR), has been held at Coed Llandegla – the UK’s first mountain biking centre in a privately owned forest. Coed Llandegla is now welcoming some 200,000 visitors a year and was featured as the best mountain bike trail centre in the UK by MBUK magazine. UPM Tilhill is investing in new trails every year so there is something new for customers to experience. The centre is used by British Cycling (BC) - the national body for cycle racing in the UK - as a mountain-bike training venue.
Established more than 60 years ago, UPM Tilhill is a national company operating from a network of offices throughout the UK, with a turnover in excess of £100 million.
UPM Tilhill is the UK’s largest timber harvesting and forest management company. It harvests and markets over 2.0 million tonnes out of a UK market in excess of 8 million tonnes per year. The company provides a full range of consultancy and contracting services to the forest owner and forestry investor. It also provides market leading services in utility arboriculture and commercial landscaping throughout the UK. Further information is available on the company’s website at www.upm-tilhill.com
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UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. The Group employs around 24,000 people and it has production plants in 16 countries. UPM's annual sales exceed EUR 10 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange. UPM – The Biofore Company – www.upm.com