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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. 

Off-Road Riding Skills Development Courses MTB/Gravel

 

We are British Cycling qualified Mountain Bike and Cyclo-Cross coaches (Andy & Steve) and Mountain Bike Guides (Andy & Nik); we provide skills development coaching with permission of the Forestry England Rangers at Sherwood Pines Forest Park. Our course concentrates on the core off-road riding techniques to develop your skills and confidence. These are the same techniques used by professional and elite sports riders who compete at the highest level.

The course covers, bike setup, body position/core movement/vision, braking/dynamic braking, cornering (flat corners/berms), climbing/descending, and trail features (roots, drops, jumps, rocks). 

By the end of the course, you will have developed the core skills that will enable you to ride with more confidence and flow off-road and have a better understanding of the capabilities of yourself and your bike. We can also teach ‘car park’ techniques/skills (subject to time and rider ability) such as the ‘manual’ and the ‘wheelie’. 

The courses last from 0930 till 1530 approx. (we do not offer 1/2 day courses) You can expect to ride approx. 10 miles with plenty of repetition, practice, and concentration. We run our courses on weekends and can also offer select mid-weekdays (subject to availability).

Following the course, we offer a refresher ride. This takes place after 6 - 8 weeks, once you've had the opportunity to practice/develop your skills. It's a relaxed ride around the trails to ensure that you are progressing, and we work on anything that you feel you need to. This is part of the course cost and usually lasts about 3 hours on a weekend morning or afternoon to suit.

Please note...we are not about big air, big drops, big wheelies, or big manuals...we can and do where applicable introduce you to some of these skills. Perfecting these skills takes hours/weeks/months of dedicated practice and commitment, this is not something we can do on a day's course.

Course prices

1 2 1 - £200

2 2 1 - £250

Groups (over 12 years) / family (max 4 riders) - £300

We can provide courses for younger riders (14 and under) these courses are over 2 x half days and the costs are as above. An adult who is responsible for the young rider must be on-site at all times. 

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

All prices are correct as of January 2024

Payment in full via PayPal or bank transfer 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 a coach-led ride. The ride is 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 -  £200

2 2 1 -  £250

Groups (over 12 years) / family (max 4 riders) - £300

 

All prices are correct as of January 2024

Payment in full via PayPal or bank transfer at the time of booking.

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