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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 / Gravel Riding Skills Development Courses

Do you want the maximum fun and enjoyment out of riding your mountain bike/gravel bike?

Do you want to learn skills that will increase your confidence and flow? 

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


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.

Course prices

1 2 1 - £160

2 2 1 - £200

Groups (over 12 years) / family (max 4 riders) - £260

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 5th April 2023

Payment in full via PayPal or bank transfer at the 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.


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 -  £160

2 2 1 -  £200

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


All prices are correct as of April 2023

Payment in full via PayPal or bank transfer at the 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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