If you rode it by luck rather than judgement? ...read on!
We live and breath Mountain Biking and our aim is to help you get the most enjoyment you can out of Mountain Biking and #bethebestyoucan.
We started out riding the trails by luck and good fortune rather than skill and judgement, we didn't understand the ins n outs of mountain biking and hadn't much of a clue about compression or rebound!
We learnt by attending skills courses and listening to the professionals in the sport, building our knowledge and going through very similar experiences to the riders that we coach and guide.
We know and understand what it's like to hit the trails for your first ride, we know the feelings well and we know how riders want to progress and get the most enjoyment out of riding, whether this be epic cross country adventures, shredding down steep, technical singletrack or riding around one of the many excellent trail centres around the country with confidence and flow, its all about building your skills and confidence so you WANT to get out there and ride!
Everything we plan is based on you. No two skills sessions or guided rides are the same because no two people have the same abilities, wants or needs, so why should you be offered anything else?
We live in the historic Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire and provide our Mountain Bike skills, fitness coaching, and guided rides at Sherwood Pines Forest Park, across the stunning Peak District National Park, and the untamed wilderness of the North Yorkshire Moors.
Check out the courses we offer and please get in touch with any questions your have.
Andy & Nik
2020 Latest News:
As of 1st March 2020 all bookings will require payment in advance, cancellations within 2 weeks of date will not be refundable, alternative dates will be arranged.
It's been 10 years since I became a sports coach starting off with football and a 5 year term as Manager and Coach for one of my villages youth teams.
I bought my first real MTB in 2010 a Carrera Vengeance Ltd hardtail for £299 in a sale from Halfords as I needed to get fit as I (see the photo's) wasn't in the best of shape and the kids in the team where running rings around me 🥵
I remember telling the person in Halfords that I needed 22" wheels, so little did I know about MTB and what I was about to let myself in for! At the same time Nik purchased a Specialized Bicycles Myka HT, she'd done lots of research and even had a test ride, she knew what she was doing...I obviously didn't.
The Vengeance served me very well indeed, I rode it on road to start with, then I did a very flat, and tarmac, into a constant headwind 90 mile charity ride to Skegness on hard 40+ psi knobbly tyres wearing clipless shoes. It was this charity ride that finally got me to swap to flats as it felt like every time I stopped I fell over. something had to change 😕
In April 2012 Nik and I decided to upgrade our skills by attending a beginners MTB course held at Sherwood Pines - Forestry England by a now long since gone coaching company. We enjoyed our day, we thought we'd learnt lots and it gave us an inclining into the world of MTB and introduced to words like GNAR, SHRED and STACKED IT 🤣
With our new found skills we left the relevant safety of Sherwood Pines Kitchener Trail and headed out to Cannock Chase Forest - Forestry England o tackle the Monkey Trail, well it's a RED graded trail just like the Kitchener ain't it 😱 The day we went it was pissing down and cold, after about 5 minutes we realised that we were WELL out of our depths and that RED, don't really mean RED at all, there was far more of that GNAR that we'd heard about and we certainly got to grips with STACKING IT!!!
Finishing looking like 2 very sorry for themselves drowned monkeys with bikes that were on the edge of divorcing us for the maltreatment we'd put them through, we had learnt many lessons, which rather than putting us off inspired us and ignited a spark ⚡️ to #bethebestyoucan and the rest is pretty much history.
Even though the Vengeance is long gone...I eventually snapped the frame across the middle of the top tube, doing stuff it was never ever meant to do 🙁...it still lives on as its hydraulic brakes are fitted to our daughters hard tail. Niks Myka lives on in as it's got a happy life living with my lil Sis ❤️
It really feels like a life time ago that all this happened, we've done so much since, we've ridden places and terrain that still has us going "did we really just ride down that😮" and "are you sure there's a trail here as I can't find owt on the map and the GPS is just laughing at me🤣", we've met soooo many amazing people and had such an awesome time, we really can't believe that it all started so haphazardly 🙃
We are very much looking forward to the next 10 years, we still want to #bethebestWEcan. Even with the current situation we both have a lot going on as we are both studying for various degree's and still have courses to attend when the situation improves, plus we really want to get out and meet those friends we've made again, we miss you all 💋
Here's hoping that you are all #stayingsafe getting what exercise you can and looking after those you cherish the most, we'll see you soon 👊👊👊
18th April Belper Bike Barn Official Launch Day, click on the link for further details...
It's great to get feedback on what we do, thanks to Paul for taking the time to let us know what he thought of his Skills Development Day.
I booked the training to increase my overall confidence whilst riding trail routes and more specifically to improve my riding when on more technical routes. This wasn't just about trying to ride faster but riding more efficiently, safer and more relaxed.
I ticked everyone one of those items and finished the day feeling absolutely fantastic!
Great day with a very good instructor.
Massive congratulations to Nik #performanceMTBUK and Gez #BelperBikeBarn who whilst riding in adverse and challenging conditions on the North Yorkshire Moors, successfully completed and passed their #BritishCycling Mountain Biking Level 2 Rider Leader / Ride Guide Awards #stoked
Belper Bike Barn's new website has just gone live! You can check it out by clicking on their logo below.
Plus their Introduction to Mountain Biking Skills Course at the end of March is almost fully booked! Awesome!
It's not often that a rider we coach writes about their experience in a blog, but Leigh has just done that! You can read about his experience here....
Absolutely #stoked to announce that we will be providing coaching courses in association with
from their newly opened shop next to
on the outskirts of Belper / Ambergate on the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire.
Our first course is on Saturday 28th March 2020, please see our courses availability page for further details.
Our friends at Belper Bike Barn (next to Tannenbaum Campsite near Shining Cliff / Black Rock, Ambergate, Derbyshire) are busy getting their shop up and running for it's official opening in Spring 2020.
We are hoping to help support Sharon & Gez (MTB Skills Coach and MTB Ride Leader) with skills courses and guided rides from the shop / campsite in 2020. If you are interested in finding out more, then click on their logo's below.
So far in 2019 we've coached more people than in the whole of 2018! This is awesome and we really hope that this can continue. Many thanks to everyone who's chosen us as their preferred MTB coaching team.
We've been working with British Cycling and just finished providing the coaching for the East Midlands MTB Youth Talent Development programme.
TotalMTB have held a couple of social rides at Sherwood Pines Forest Park and we have been on hand to lead rides around the not so well known off piste tracks n trails, this has been well received and been a great buzz.
We've provided MTB Skills Development Coaching for the younger riders of Sherwood Pines Cycling Club. Over a series of 6 weekly sessions they went from learning the basics of bike control to finishing with a led ride on some of the best XC trails around and graduating as true MTB riders!
It's about giving something back....
Nik and I have just completed and passed our British Cycling Level 1 Rider Leader award. This is more of a recreational qualification that allows us to take groups on road, pathway and double track, with rides up to 50 miles total distance. We decided to complete this award so that we can volunteer with British Cycling and put on fun, traffic free rides that show people our local area and hopefully get them hooked on cycling.
It's something we've wanted to do for a while as we really want to encourage new and returning riders to get active and start to enjoying the benefits that a life on 2 wheels can offer.
These rides will be posted on the British Cycling Let's Ride website....
Stoked and to announce that we have been asked to become an ambassador for #TotalMTB!!!
Even though we've know Ryan at #TotalMTB for a while we were not expecting this :)
We will be sporting their jersey and promoting #TotalMTB and there brands alongside our friends at events, our coaching sessions and guided rides throughout 2019.
You can checkout their website by clicking their logo here...
We are absolutely stoked to announce that we have are now officially associated with the awesome Tom & Sian aka...
This amazing couple distribute bicycle accessories and components that set new benchmarks in performance. Imported from the USA and South Africa they sell to bike shops as well as the end-consumer in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
We already buy and use their Timber Bell, Smoove Lube and Louri products and we have an eye on purchasing a set of their new Rev Grips to see if we can sort out Niks issue of tingly / numb fingers at the end of a long ride.
Gift vouchers are available for all our courses and guided rides!
2020 marks our 10th year of coaching sports.
It all started with becoming a football coach to help youngsters in our local community, which in turn helped us rediscover our passion for off road cycling and it has grown from there.
This year we hope to see Nik qualify as a MTB Ride Leader and Andy qualify as a Cyclo Cross coach.
We are happy to announce that we are continuing as part of the #TOTALMTB ambassador team for2020 and we are hoping to continue our work with the British Cycling Youth MTB Talent Development Team, the Forestry Commission Team at Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Sherwood Pines Cycles, Sherwood Pines Cycling Club & begin a long term relationship with Belper Bike Barn & Tannenbaum Glamping & Campsite.
We've been working with a group of riders called the No Name Syndicate in 2018 providing them with skills coaching and fitness instruction. It's been a great experience and we've all learnt a lot. We are proud to announce that we are continuing this association into 2019 with No Name Syndicate rider 'G' who is taking part in his 1st Enduro event, this being the Ard Rock Enduro in August! It's a hell of an introduction to the world of Enduro and we are going to be providing 'G' with Enduro specific skills development caching and fitness instruction. 'G' for his part is a very enthusiastic, willing and capable rider who's documenting his 'journey' on the No Name Syndicates blog.
You can find out how he's getting on here...
November / December 2018
We've spent a lot of time chatting with and listening to the riders we have coached and guided over this year and we've been developing and refining the skills courses, guided rides and types of MTB fitness instruction that we offer.
Keep your eyes peeled over the next month as we update our courses page with the new details and please get in touch if you'd like further details :-)
26th August 2018
We are stoked to announce that we are now officially associated with the following brands 👊
Rad8 MTBglasses The Mudhugger Broken Riders mtb batteries
We've used and abused their products for years, love their quality, customer service and passion for MTB, so it's amazing to have them on board 👍