Location: Adventure Hub · Peak District
Duration: 2 Days
What you get:
Our 2 day mountain bike core trail skills course is ideal for either complete beginners or for those wanting to progress their mountain bike experience from moderate off-road tracks to more technical intermediate trails. Our experienced guides and instructors will cover the fundamental trail riding skills of body position, footwork, bike control, line choice & cornering to get you tackling natural trail features both confidently and safely. We'll also cover the basics of bike set-up, maintenance and safety to insure you have the right knowledge to head out and further progress by yourself.
The Peak District has some of the best and most iconic 'natural' mountain biking in the country with a range terrain from gentle flowy tracks to rugged and remote trails. With the help and guidance of our knowledgeable local instructors we'll get you riding the right trails in the right conditions to progress your riding whilst ensuring you have a fantastic two days out in the hills.
YOUR BEGINNER MTB SKILLS COURSE
9:30 - 16:30
ARRIVE AT THE ADVENTURE HUB
Your instructor will welcome you and outline the objectives for the course over a great cup of Italian coffe or tea, ensuring everyone has a suitable bike and kit (suitable bike and helmet hire is available). There'll be a brief introductory session looking at bike set-up, appropriate gear and brake use along with both road and off-road riding safety.
HEAD TO THE TRAILS
We will head out onto our local trails which will be chosen on the basis of weather conditions, along with the experience and ambitions of the group. We will either strike out from our centre or drive around 15 minutes to an alternative start point.
PRACTICAL SKILLS SESSION
Once on the trails, expect to cover approximately 15-20km during the day. We'll begin by looking at body position and weight shifting in a variety of terrains whilst climbing, descending and cornering; discovering that freedom of movement on the bike is key to good technique. Your instructor will choose appropriate sections of trail to 'session', allowing you experiment with different line choices, sight lines and feel the benefit of improved technique with multiple attempts at certain trail obstacles. We'll then put it all into practice by tackling some classic Peak District singletrack.
BACK TO THE ADVENTURE HUB
At the end of the day we'll return to The Adventure Hub for refreshments and to review the day's key points over a brew.
PRACTICAL SKILLS SESSION
Day two will begin by reviewing and consolidating the skills we learnt on day one with a flat ground skills session; a great opportunity to really hone your technique and body position in a controlled environment. We'll then look at the natural progression of weight shifting skills into track stands, front and rear wheel lifts and why they're useful for overcoming trail features. We'll then take these techniques out on the trails to explore a different part of the Peak District. Over the course there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss with your instructor ways in which you can continue to discover mountain biking for yourself; where to ride, how to find routes and what equipment and bikes are suitable.
BACK TO THE ADVENTURE HUB
At the end of the day we'll return to The Adventure Hub for refreshments and to review the course's key points and set your progression targets for the future
All abilities welcome, some general cycling experience necessary.
Bookings can be made online or over the phone. All of our courses can be booked in 3 ways:
a) Attend a scheduled course.
These are open to the public to anyone that meets the pre-requisites. We often advertise many dates for each course, we generally always list 12 months of available dates. This is the most popular and often works out the most cost-effective way of attending our courses.
b) Add a date to our schedule.
On some courses, we can add extra dates to our schedule, providing you are booking for a certain minimum number of participants, this could be as low as only 2 people. To give us plenty of time to assign staff to your course, you can only add a date to the schedule if it is more than 7 days in advance.
c) Make a private booking.
All of our courses can be booked privately, with a private instructor just for you or your group. This gives you the flexibility to book any date that suits you and also it means the instructor can fine-tune the course content to suit your aspirations. To make a private booking, you just need to fill out a booking request, we will then get back to you with availability and a price.
d) Book our premium 'Private Booking Plus+' service.
All the benefits of the private booking service, with lots of additional extras including meet & greet at your hotel, luxury picnic hamper including Champagne, digital photo pack, flexible booking arrangements and a pre-activity consultancy to allow your first-class instructor extra time to design your special day. To make a private booking plus+ booking, you just need to fill our a booking request, we will then get back to you with availability and a price.
Our instructors can be booked privately to deliver this course. Benefit from private tuition, pick a date that suits you and your instructor can design the day to suit your needs. You can hire one of our instructors from just £199 per day. Click here to book a private course.