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Mountain bike skills development and advanced natural terrain skills coaching

Gift vouchers are available for all our courses 

All bookings require payment in advance, cancellations within 2 weeks of date are not refundable, alternative dates will be arranged. 

Mountain Bike Skills Development Courses

Our courses are held at Sherwood Pines Forest Park in Nottinghamshire, Belper Bike Barn/Tannenbaum Campsite in Derbyshire and in the Peak District National Park.  


Our courses are for anyone who wants maximum fun and enjoyment out of riding their mountain bikes.


Our courses are run over a full day. We can offer mini-sessions throughout the summer at Sherwood Pines, which cover 1 or 2 techniques. These have limited availability, please contact us for more information.

We ask you to complete a rider profile about your riding experience, abilities, goals and ambitions, which we use to plan your coaching session, combining different elements to provide structured, progressive development throughout your day.

Sherwood Pines Forest Park courses

1 2 1

Young rider 



Courses are planned to develop your techniques, skills and confidence riding managed trails with features commonly found on blue and red graded trails across the UK. 

Belper Bike Barn courses

Kids fundamental MTB skills 6 - 12 years

Introduction to MTB skills and natural terrain

Advanced natural terrain

Courses are designed to develop your fundamental techniques, introduce you to riding natural terrain and take you that step further to more technical and unpredictable terrain.

Techniques covered in our courses can include:

Trail etiquette

Bike set up

Suspension set up

Nutrition and hydration

Get me home trailside repairs

Essential mountain bike kit/equipment

Body position

Body movement



Technical descending

Technical climbing



Front and rear-wheel lift



Bunny hops

Course prices

Sherwood Pines 1 2 1 - £120

Sherwood Pines 2 2 1 - £150

Sherwood Pines 3 2 1 - £175

Sherwood Pines group/family course £200 (max 4 riders)

Belper Bike Barn Kids Fundamental MTB skills £45 per rider (max 8)

Belper Bike Barn Intro to MTB skills £50 per rider (max 8)

Belper Bike Barn Advanced natural terrain £75 per rider (max 4)


All prices correct as per November 2020

Payment in full via PayPal at time of booking.

For every course we provide a pre-course itinerary that details everything that you need to know about your day including times, meeting place and any essential equipment/kit needed.


Our natural terrain skills day requires a good level of fitness/concentration (a dropper post is recommended) as these courses involve climbing (sometimes pushing) and descending steep unpredictable terrain.

Advanced Natural Terrain Skills Day

Have you ever wanted to take yourself out of the trail centre, push yourself and your skills and explore the amazing abundance of natural riding that the UK has to offer?

Our natural terrain skills days are perfect for this. They are planned to develop, push and test you and your skills to the max.

We differ from traditional guided rides in that...a lot of guided rides have to take place on terrain that is rideable at walking speed, rollable on descents so wheels are not required to leave the ground and have a clear line choice...we don't.  We are able to provide coached (not guided) rides on more technical, exposed, steep, rocky, rooty, loose and unpredictable terrain.

Our advanced natural terrain skills days take place in the outstanding natural beauty of the Peak District National Park.


Natural terrain skills day prices

1 2 1 -  £125

2 2 1 -  £150

3 2 1 -  £175

Group/family £50 per rider (minimum 4 riders, max 8)


All prices correct as of November 2020

Payment in full via PayPal at time of booking.

Specifically developed for MTBer's who want to improve their fitness whilst they, well...just ride! 
No strict training plan simply get more out of your everyday riding. It even works on your turbo too!
  • Initial phone/social media conversation
  • Analysis of rider profile
  • Meeting/telephone/social media conversation to discuss rider profile, typical event demands (physiological demands, technical demands, psychological demands)

  • Production of your 'FOCUSED MTB RIDING' plan overview. This is based upon the fundamentals of MTB fitness, the types of events that you like taking part in and how this can be best included in the riding that you do

  • The production of the rider training zone bands chart

  • Base fitness and benchmarking test (as required)

  • Bike fit and set up advice. Bike kit and equipment advice

  • Nutrition and hydration, general guidance and advice

  • Off bike training, general guidance and advice

  • Production of your 'FOCUSED MTB RIDING' plan

  • Meeting/telephone/social media conversation to review the first

  • Ongoing advice, support and plan amendments as required

  • Specific advice and 'FOCUSED MTB RIDING' plan amendments in the run up to an event 

  • Analysis of training plan notes and performance data provided by rider (as required)

   Group packages are also available...get your friends involved too!

Please use the Contact Us! button for further information on costs and availability

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