If you need a break from the city, get out to the countryside and try some mountain biking
Mountain biking has three main types:
- Cross Country (XC). As the name suggests, this is over a variety of terrain, with climbs and descents. Courses can be A to B, out-and-back or in a loop. Bikes are lightweight, usually with front (and sometimes rear) suspension.
- Downhill (DH). No prizes for guessing which direction this is! Courses can be steep and over rough terrain with jumps and drop-offs. Needs a chunky bike with big knobbly tyres and serious suspension.
- Four-cross (4X). This like a BMX-style race but downhill and on mountain bikes. Shoulder-to-shoulder with lots of jumps and turns it's exhilerating but not for the fainthearted.
A list of trail centres can be found at: http://www.ukmountainbiker.com/view/Information/Trail_Centres/
There are lots of other local routes to explore: http://www.ukmountainbiker.com/routes/East_Midlands/