A multiple world champion mountain biker experienced the best of the Lancashire countryside after staying at the Derby Arms during a weekend in Lancashire.

Californian Hans Rey, who is considered the world leader in extreme mountain biking, was invited to The Grand in Clitheroe to talk about his career by Dan Jones of Random Adventure, a new venture which aims to bring mountain bike related speakers to venues across the north of England.

After agreeing to host the ‘Evening with Hans Rey’, where he captivated the audience with tales of his career including his recent attempt to summit Kilimanjaro on a mountain bike, Hans decided to extend his stay and go on a ride around Gisburn Forest with Sheffield based former mountain bike world champion Steve Peat, who had joined him on stage in Clitheroe.

Hans said: “After the high of the show at The Grand and a great night’s sleep and awesome English breakfast at the Derby Arms in Longridge, Steve and I couldn’t wait to head over into the countryside and test out the fantastic moto trails at Gisburn Forest.

“I haven’t done much riding in Lancashire in the past but know all about its reputation as a great place to ride and it didn’t disappoint!”

Billy Edisford, assistant manager of the Derby Arms, said: “When we heard Hans and Steve were looking for somewhere to stay while in the area for the night, we were delighted to offer them a complimentary night at the Derby Arms.

“Our location in the heart of the Forest of Bowland means we are often visited by cyclists, whether they are calling in for refreshments mid-ride or staying with us for the weekend while they explore the area. So, we were well prepared for welcoming Hans and Steve’s visit and enjoyed listening to tales of their adventures over breakfast and using our local knowledge to help them prepare for their ride.”