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Mountain Bike Skills Courses - Trail Centre Instruction

Cannock Chase, Swinley Forest, The Lake District Ambleside


 Mountain bike courses


Price (per day):
£89.00 per person


Trail Centre Skills Instruction Days   

These mountain bike skills courses from the UK's leading team of instructors will change your biking dramatically, in just one day. There's a good reason why thousands of mtb enthusiasts have chosen CycleActive for their skills instruction over the last 15 years – we spend more time than any other mountain bike skills training company on research and course development – so we can bring you the latest techniques taught in the most effective way. 

Choose the right course

Get started icon   Trail Skills Icon   Mountain skills icon

Course highlights:

  • Intensive one-day courses with small groups guaranteed
  • Achieve real results with our progressive coaching approach
  • Work with the UK’s leading instructor team
  • Personal feedback – so you keep improving after the course

Each course is carefully designed to give maximum improvement through a series of skills sessions, individual and group feedback then application of those skills to real trail situations.  We have perfected this through our years of mtb skills instruction experience.  Check out the CV’s of our team so you can get an idea of the level of coaching on offer.

Choosing a day or two-day package:

Many riders like to make a full weekend of their training – especially if you’re traveling to a new location – so we’ve planned some great combinations over full weekends to let you do this.  For example, we often run Trail Skills with Jump, Pump and Drops for a full multi-skilled weekend.

Whatever skills you come to us with, from novice off-roader to regular mountain biker or elite racer, our comprehensive range of courses will take you to the next level.







1 or 2 days

The biking:
1 or 2 day, centre based
Fully guided
Course group size 4 - 8
Fitness grades
Get Started grade 1+
Trail Skills grade 2+
Jumps and Drops grade 2+

Skill grades A-D
Get Started grade A+
Trail Skills grade B+
Jumps and Drops grade B+

(Grades explained)


What's included:
Full day of professional instruction
Pre-course information
Video feedback 


Bike rental:
£25-£35 per day


Trek Fuel EX7 - 2016


Get Started Skills Course 





This course teaches you the right skills in the right way - ideal for complete novices or those who are currently riding easier trails and want to progress to intermediate level mountain biking terrain. You’ll learn about body position for riding on descents and technical climbs, how and when to control your speed, handle corners, pick lines, control direction and vision, and blaze through difficult terrain.

The aim is to make you a confident and safe biker, equipped to hit the trails and have some fun. Get the most out of yourself and your bike with no bad habits!

The Lake District calendar
Swinley Forest
Cannock Chase calendar



uneven terrain - climbing- braking - cadence - body position - descending - weight shift - corners


Trail Skills Course 





If you mountain bike often but just ride the trails, rather than pushing through every twist and turn, attacking tight lines on technical trails or taking real control on fast descents – this is the course for you.  We work on body and foot positioning, vision training, balance, brake control and then get into the detail of high and low speed cornering, loose or rocky terrain, manuals for maintaining speed and possibly other skills (depending on time and group progress).

This is probably the best course you will ever buy to improve your trail centre riding.

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The Lake District calendar
Swinley Forest
Cannock Chase calendar
manuals - technical climbing - descending techniques - advanced braking
vision (line choice) - front wheel lift (wheelie) - rear wheel lift


Jumps Pump and Drops Skills Course





Drop-offs, tabletops, lips, rollers and features that encourage you to get into the air are being built into more and more trails. The instruction on this course will have you floating the bike with confidence and style on any xc trail, including ways to perfect your manuals. We develop your body position and pumping techniques for perfect takeoffs, work with natural features for lift and consider landings on different trails and terrains.

It’s the ultimate confidence development course for handling trail jumps and keeping speed.

Possibly other skills (depending on time and group progress).

Swinley Forest
Cannock Chase calendar
manuals - bunny hops - drop offs - rollers - pre-jumping - tabletops

    Private instruction       

Private Tuition (any level)

Private coaching can have a huge impact on your biking in a very short space of time. We offer this service throughout the year to small groups and individuals who want to really focus in on their biking skills. Our instructors are the most highly qualified, experienced and widely respected you’ll find, and their focussed attention will bring impressive results in a very short space of time.

Email Rich Barnard direct to plan your private day,

or visit the Private Tuition Page.