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Private Skills Instruction - Mountain Bike Courses

Mountain Bike Courses – Private Skills Instruction

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Contact us for bespoke dates

Let us design the perfect biking day for you, your group or your family. With expertise in all kinds of mountain biking we can teach youngsters or adults the core skills they need to ride off-road, cover advanced riding in a whole range of terrains or focus on key areas like downhill speed, jumps or drop-offs.

Coaching Highlights:

  • Best professional instruction in the UK
  • Flexible approach with options for all levels
  • Bike rental available too
  • Emergency breakdown support
  • Multi-day packages


The best way to develop great skills, real confidence and superb bike control is through expert coaching. At CycleActive we employ the only team of joint MBLA/CTC qualified instructors in Britain – these are the very best in the business and you'll be amazed at what you can achieve in a day or a weekend under their tutelage.


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When you contact us to book a coaching day or series of days we'll find out about the biking you do, the level of the different riders in your group and what you want to achieve. We'll then bring together the best location, instructor and session plan to get your biking up to the next level.

Many people like to take a few days of coaching spread across a week, or create flexible days to suit novices in the morning and more advanced riders in the afternoon. With private coaching we can offer a whole range of options to make sure you get the very best out of your time with us.

Contact us for bespoke datescontact us at your chosen loctaion.


Locations include:

CycleActive HQ -The Lake District

Ambleside -The Lake District

Glentress - Scottish Borders

Ae Forest - Scottish Borders

Cannock Chase - The Midlands

Swinley Forest - Nr Bracknell (London)

Course Facts

Price per day
£220 per day (weekdays)
£260 per day (weekends & Bank Holidays)

Price based on coaching from centres in The Lake District. We can coach anywhere in the UK but there will be an additional travel charge.

Price is for 1-3 riders. Add £40 per additional person.


The biking:
One instructor
Fitness grade 1-4
Skill grade A-D
Course group size 1-8

(Trip grades explained)

What’s included:
Full day of professional instruction
Pre-travel consultation and programme development
Pre-travel information pack

Trip dates:
Any bespoke dates (subject to availability)



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Trail Centre CycleActive Rich

I’ve had coaching from all kinds of people over the years, and seen some great instructors on skiing trips and the like. But once in a while someone truly impressive comes along and sets a new standard for what the best instruction really is. Chris Ford, Rich Barnard & Jon Chalmers of CycleActive did just that – there was no ego just clear, brilliant coaching delivered with enthusiasm and real insight. 

Chairman, Manchester Mountain Bike Club

Trail Centre CycleActive Group

“We chose Chris Ford and the CycleActive instructors for our Olympic Talent Team Camp because of their infectious enthusiasm and unique brand of skills coaching.  The training was pitched at exactly the right level for our riders who all made real progress during the weekend.”

Chris Furber, British Cycling Olympic Talent Coach.

“Just a few hours spent training with Chris Ford of CycleActive made me realise how much I have to learn… After a morning cycling with Ford I was flinging my bike and body round sharp corners and slippery descents, and climbing hills I wouldn’t even have attempted the day before.”

Alison Hamlett, Editor, Triathlete’s World magazine


Video Feedback and Online Review
On many of our courses we now use video to assist with your skills development. This is at the discretion of the instructor, as its use depends on where we are, the weather conditions and the requirements of the group. If you wish we can load video content onto our YouTube or Facebook pages so that you can review online, get additional feedback or ideas from our full coaching team, and benefit from your course for many months afterwards. You can also load up your own videos for us to give feedback on as you improve after the course – that’s all part of the service.