Get Started - Beginner - Mountain Bike Course
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1 Day
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Mountain Bike
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    Suitable Bike - Mountain Bike
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    Fitness Grade - 1
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Skills Grade
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    Skills Grade - A
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Vision control

Singletrack skills

Maximum grip

Weight shift conering

Line and grip

Vision Control

Steep becomes attainable

Cone of movement

CycleActive Director

Jon Chalmers

CycleActive Director

Rich Barnard

Cycleactive founder

Chris Ford

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Mountain Bike Courses – Get Started


Course highlights:

  • Courses designed by our experts
  • Small groups for good learning
  • Superb trails and terrain
  • Video coaching for on-course reviews


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.

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.

Basic Descending in the Lakes by Rich and Chris

Get Started Skills Itinerary
  • Uneven terrain
  • Climbing
  • Braking
  • Cadence
  • Body position
  • Descending
  • Weight shift
  • Corners
  • How to use gears
Locations include:
  • Ambleside -The Lake District

  • Cannock Chase - The Midlands

  • Swinley Forest - Nr Bracknell (London)

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 Get Started with Trail Skills 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.
Price (per person)
Trip Dates below - keep scrolling  calendar

Standard Hardtail Bike rental: £30
Premium Full Suspension Bike rental: £45
Helmet rental: £5
1 day
09:30 - 16:00
Course Grading:
Fitness grade 1
Skill grade A
What’s included:
Professional instruction from an experienced Tutor
Pre-course information
Video feedback
The biking:
1 day, centre based
Fully guided
Course group size 5 - 8
Course Dates:

Swinley Forest 
Near Bracknell (London) 
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25 January   Friday 
15 February   Friday
19 April   Friday (Bank Holiday)
25 May   Saturday (Bank Holiday)
07 June   Friday
19 July   Friday
24 August   Saturday (Bank Holiday)
20 September   Friday
11 October   Friday

Cannock Chase 
The Midlands 
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18 January     Friday 
22 February   Friday
12 April    Friday
04 May     Saturday (Bank Holiday)
31 May   Friday
05 July    Friday
02 August    Friday
27 September   Friday
25 October    Friday

The Lake District 
Buy Now small roll over
25 January   Friday
15 February   Friday
16 March   Saturday
19 April   Friday (Bank Holiday)
25 May   Saturday (Bank Holiday)
22 June   Saturday
20 July   Saturday
10 August   Saturday
13 September   Friday
18 October   Friday
16 November   Saturday

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.

Contact us to plan your private day,

or visit the Private Tuition Page.




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