Embarking into the world of Mountain Biking can seem daunting. Where do I go? What bike should I ride? How do I do it safely? On this fun and action-packed two day course we'll give you all the tools you need to begin Mountain Biking and then progress your skills onto the next level.
Our two day Beginner Mountain Biking course covers the core trail skills and 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 and 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.
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Day 19:30 Arrive at The Adventure Hub
Your instructor will welcome you and outline the objectives for the course over a great cup of Italian coffee or tea. After ensuring everyone has a suitable bike and kit (bike and helmet hire is available) there will be a brief introductory session looking at bike set-up, brake use and riding safety.
10:15 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.
10:30 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 to 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.
16:30 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.
Day 29:30 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.
16:30 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.
This adventure is perfect for individuals and small groups, and can be tailored for:
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