A lot has gone on since our last update on this page. The biggest is that our long-term friend Steven Hinchliffe has joined us as an MTB and lead Cyclo-Cross Coach! We can now provide recreational 'Gravel' riding and performance-specific Cyclo-Cross coaching as part of our offering. Prices for recreational gravel riding courses are as per our MTB courses, with pieces for our performance-specific Cyclo-Cross coaching being dependent upon what the individual rider requires, please contact for further information.
At the beginning of 2022, we took the decision to provide solely private pre-booked coaching. This is due to the response to specific date group courses being practically zero and therefore not viable or sustainable. These types of events are always going to be hit or miss, so the decision wasn't that hard to make.
Other than this most of our updates are courtesy of the 'social media' widget on the home page.
Hmmm, hadn't realised that it has been so long since this page had been updated, which is simply down to using the social media widget on the main page which automatically synchronizes our social media and web updates, a great widget but it does make you lazy.
2021 has been a very indifferent year for a lot of people. We have been lucky on the coaching side that we have been able to continue to offer courses at local venues and that plenty of riders have wanted to improve their riding.
We have run a number of kids group courses with Belper Bike Barn and have done a lot of family and 1 - 2 - 1 courses at Sherwood Pines, plus a few riders have taken their wheels out of the trail centre and into the wilds, exploring the wilderness with us on some techy, challenging rides in the Peak District.
In August we decided to take a break as we (I) suffered from burnout and my anxiety levels hit and all time high, mainly due to still working flat out in the NHS, studying for a degree, coaching, my father passing away and the 'normal' family stuff we all get up to.
We (I) resumed coaching again mid October, helping a few riders I know improve certain elements of their riding, along with a couple of family and 1 - 2 - 1 courses.
Earlier this month we approached a friend and fellow coach Stephen Hinchliffe to see if he'd like to join us and help us develop the range of courses we offer. Stephen is an experinced British Cycling Go-Ride coach, he is known for his adult Cyclo-cross coaching and he has recently completed his British Cycling Level 2 Mountain Bike Coaching Award. Stephen agreed to become part of the team and we are currently working on group courses for both young and adult riders, specifically those who are new to off road riding at Sherwood Pines Forest Park.
British Cycling are hoping to restart their regional Mountain Bike Talent Development programme and it looks highly likley that we will be involved with this and...fingers crossed we may be involved in planning and delivering a Go-Ride race and coaching session at a forthcoming National Cross Country Racing Event in early 2022.
Busy, fun and challenging times ahead.
Grim weather flooded trails and with travel restrictions in place, what better to do than plan for better times and what better way to do it than to build the latest addition to the coaching kit bag, the Sender Ramps 350 double tabletop n ramp set.
We've lost our local jumps and the trail network we use has seen a 50% rise in rider numbers over the last 12 months. This makes teaching riders how to jump and drop more challenging as plenty of us need time to practice with the fewer distractions the better. Hence the addition of this wonderful piece of Scottish engineering.
We now have the option to teach short + long tabletop jumps, gap jumps, and drops without having hordes of fun-loving riders bombing past us on the trails. Spent 10 solid hours putting it all together and it's a fine coaching aid, can't wait to get it out there and have some real fun with it.
A little bit of better / exciting news to start off 2021
We are stoked to welcome this wonderful piece of quality British designed and manufactured coaching kit; The Sender Ramps 350 double tabletop ramp set, to our collection of MTB skills development equipment
This equipment will be available alongside our existing #senderramps kit for use in our 1 2 1 and group MTB skills development sessions at Sherwood Pines and Belper Bike Barn to help you learn how to #drop and #sendit in a safer and more controlled environment.