activities > peak district mountain bike courses > Intro to Mountain Biking
£79.00 per person

Location: Adventure Hub · Peak District

Duration: 1 day

Ratio: 1:6

Prices include:

  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Free Parking

  • 10% discount on equipment in our shop

Highlights

  • Experience some of the best mountain biking trails in the country.
  • Expert tuition on improving trail technique and gain confidence. 
  • Bike hire available

Summary
Our 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, 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 day out in the hills.
Course Outcomes

  • Challenge level entirely tailored to the group’s abilities.
  • Beautiful Peak District scenery
  • Bike set-up: riding position and safety check
  • Guided off-road ride: taking you on the best trails in the best conditions

Course Information
Your instructor will welcome you to our base, The Adventure Hub, and outline the objectives for the day, ensuring everyone has a suitable bike and kit for a day out in the hills (suitable bike and helmet hire is available). After a brief introductory session looking at bike set-up, appropriate gear and brake use along with both road and off-road riding safety 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. 

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 trails. There will be loads of opportunities to chat about where to ride, equipment and suitable bikes. At the end of the day we’ll return to The Adventure Hub for refreshments and to review the day's key points.
You will need a hardtail or full suspension mountain bike. You can bring your own, or rent one from 'The Bike Garage' next door to our training centre for £30 per day.

All abilities welcome, some general cycling experience necessary. 

FAQs
Start time: 09:30 - Finish time: 16:30. Please note, these times are approximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when booking public transport.
For our mountain biking courses, we give participants the option to bringing their own bike or hiring one. If you aren't sure about the suitability of you bike, please call us to discuss. Any modern and well serviced hardtail or full suspension bike should be suitable. 

Bike hire is in addition to the course fee and costs £30 for a full day or £25 for a half day.
Almost all courses begin and end at our base, The Adventure Hub, where you will have access to complimentary tea and coffee. 

We do not provide food as part of our courses and you will need to bring a packed lunch along for each day. There is a cafe on-site that can provide you with sandwiches, cakes and drinks. If you pre-book a lunch with them they will deliver it fresh to our offices first thing each morning. Taste Buds cafe can be reached directly on 01433 208008.
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 our 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. 
Yes of course, you are welcome to leave anything (luggage) at the training centre during your course with us.
It is essential that you let us know about any medical condition or injury when booking and that you also let your instructor know on the starting day of your course. This information will remain completely confidential but is essential to allow us to tailor our activities to suit you and to ensure the safety of other group members.
Anyone aged 13 or over can attend any of our scheduled courses, either with or without an accompanying adult.
We do hold an AALA license and are able to take out younger children, however we only offer this on a private guided basis. See our private guiding rates, as this can work out very competitive, especially when booking as a family.
There is no maximum age, if you feel young enough to attend then you are very welcome!
We are exceptionally lucky to be located a 5 minute walk from Bamford Train Station on the railway line that links Sheffield to Manchester. This also means we are very easy to get to from London.

We have noticed that the first connecting train from London is often around 09:36am, and courses often start at 09:30am, if you let us know that you are coming in on the train, we will happily delay the course start to suit.

We try to stick to our published course finish times but occasionally conditions on the day mean we overrun slightly. If you are travelling home by train please ensure that you have left sufficient time after the course end time and inform your instructor on the day of your travel plans.
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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.