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Mountain bike skills development and advanced natural terrain skills coaching

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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

Do you want the maximum fun and enjoyment out of riding your mountain bike? Do you want to learn skills that will increase your confidence? Do you want to look back on that trail and say 'S@&t' I just rode that!

 

Then get yourself booked on one of our courses and #bethebestyoucan

Mountain biking should be fun? Right? Well, we think it should and that's why we became coaches and guides.

 

We've been riding off-road since we first got on our bikes, back then trail centres and bike technology as we know it didn't exist, we rode our 'clunkers' anywhere we could, as fast and as lairily as we could. We didn't worry about how much 'sag' we had, if we needed a bike with 'X' travel to ride 'X' trail and we certainly couldn't imagine that 'E' bikes would exist or understand the meaning of 'sending it!'. We rode for fun, for excitement, for escapism, and to be out with our mates.

 

When we got back into 'modern' mountain biking, we felt out of place, lost, bemused, and overwhelmed. In the last 10 years, mountain biking has exploded in the UK and across the globe, there are more types of bikes than you can shake a stick at, no two trail centres are alike and words like 'enduro' and 'gnarly' have become mainstays of post-ride conversations (amongst a growing list of others). Everyone and their dog has an opinion on what kit, what type of bike, what gearing, what suspension settings etc, etc are best.

 

We decided to learn how to ride properly, to understand modern mountain biking and what it could offer us. We went on skills courses in XC, Enduro and Downhill, and we loved it. We loved it so much that we wanted to share the fun and excitement with as many people as we could. We know what it's like to not feel completely confident out on the trail, and that's why we do what we do. We don't subscribe to fads and we don't follow trends, we look, read, listen and learn and pass on this knowledge to those we coach in our fun, progressive, and challenging skills courses and rides. 

We hold courses at Sherwood Pines Forest Park in Nottinghamshire, Belper Bike Barn/Tannenbaum Campsite in Derbyshire, and on the tracks and bridleways that span the Peak District National Park.  

 

Our courses are available as 1 2 1 or for groups of up to 4 riders. Courses run over a full day and cover the core techniques that are essential for smoother, faster, fun, confident riding.

The first part of the day is spent learning and practicing the core techniques off-trail, after a break, we head out to the trails to turn the techniques into lifelong riding skills.

Courses are suitable for new riders taking to the trails for the first time, intermediate/developing riders who want to ride more technically challenging terrain, experienced riders who want to ride faster with more flow, and families who want to have fun, learning and developing together.

As part of the planning for your course, we ask you to complete a Rider Profile, to find out more about you, your riding experience, your goals, and what you'd ultimately like to achieve, we use this information to plan your day.

Techniques which can be covered in our courses include:

How to ride: 

Berms

Roots 

Rocks

Drops

 

How to: 

Descend

Climb

Corner

Brake

Front-wheel lift

Rear-wheel lift

Jump

Wheelie

Manual

Bunny hop

Use body movement and position

Throughout our courses we discuss:

Bike set up 

Line choice

Trail etiquette

Nutrition and hydration

Emergency trailside repairs 

Riding kit and equipment. 

Course prices

1 2 1 - £150

2 2 1 - £190

Group (over 12 years) / family (max 4 riders) - £250

Please contact us for details and costs of young rider (up to 14 years) courses 

Add on Natural Terrain Skills Day when booked at the time of 1 2 1 or 2 2 1 course £60 

Other options are available, please contact us to discuss your requirements

All prices correct as per 5th April 2021

Payment in full via PayPal at the time of booking.

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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.

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Natural Terrain Skills Development Day

Our natural terrain skills days are planned to introduce you to natural, progressively more technical, unpredictable terrain and teach you how to ride with increasing skill, confidence, and flow.

This is not a guided ride, this is a coach-led ride. The rides are about developing the techniques and skills needed so you can explore the UK's natural trails on your own.

Our natural terrain skills days take place in various locations across the Peak District National Park.

Natural terrain skills day prices

1 2 1 -  £150

2 2 1 -  £190

Group (over 12 years) / family (max 4 riders) - £275

 

All prices correct as of 5th April 2021

Payment in full via PayPal at the time of booking.

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THE PERFORMANCE MTBUK UNIQUE 'RideSmart'  PLAN
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!
 
"IT'S A MORE RELAXED KINDA THING"
  • 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