Get Started - Beginner - Mountain Bike Course

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    Skills Grade - A
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1 Day
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    Suitable Bike - Mountain Bike
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Suitable Bike
Mountain Bike
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Fitness Grade
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    Fitness Grade - 1
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Instructor Lead

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Vision control

Singletrack skills

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Maximum grip

Weight shift conering

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Line and grip

Vision Control

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Steep becomes attainable

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CycleActive Director

Jon Chalmers

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CycleActive Director

Rich Barnard

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CycleActive founder

Chris Ford

Mountain Bike Courses – Get Started

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.

Course highlights:

  • Courses designed by our experts
  • Video coaching for on-course reviews
  • 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
Get Started mountain bike course Itinerary

Get Started - Beginner

Skills Itinerary

  1. Uneven terrain
  2. Climbing
  3. Braking
  4. Cadence
  5. Body position
  1. Descending
  2. Weight shift
  3. Corners
  4. How to use gears

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.



Per Person


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.

This is probably the best course you will ever buy to get your trail riding started.


Ambleside Location on Google Maps

1. The Lake District - Ambleside

Post Code: LA22 9AN

Ambleside Location on Google Maps

2. Cannock Chase - The Midlands

Post Code: WS15 2UQ

If you want to talk through your suitability for this course before booking, contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss your questions or concerns.

Get Started Mountain Bike Course Dates
Per Person


1 day - scheduled dates

Private Tuition (any level)
Available from:
£225 - Ambleside
£365 - Cannock Chase
Price is for 1-3 riders
Add £40 per additional person
Maximum 8 riders
Cannock Chase
The Midlands


14 November - Sunday

12 December - Sunday

The Lake District

2022 - TBC

Get Started Mountain Bike Skills Courses Options & Hire Bike


1 day
10:00 - 16:00

The biking

Fully Guided
Centre based
Course group size 5 - 8
Skills grade A
Fitness grade 1


Helmet rental: £5

Hire Bikes

Includes - Kit bag with pump, inner tube and multi-tool

Full suspension bike rental (Premium)

1 days - £45

2020 Trek Fuel EX7
(Or similar)

Electric bike rental

Hardtail bike rental (Standard)

1 days - £35

2020 Trek Marlin 7
(Or similar)

Electric bike rental

To find out more about our Get Started mountain bike course please feel free to call our course designers and chat through your questions in person, or email us.

Mountain Bike Course Voucher (All pages)


Gift Voucher

Mountain bike skills course gift vouchers are the perfect way to give your mountain biking friend, partner, husband or wife a flexible and fun present.

With 4 different types of skill courses to choose from in 2020, at two venues across England. Our mountain biking skills courses have something to offer everyone.

1 or 2 days

Many riders like to make a full weekend of their training – especially if traveling to a new location – so we’ve planned some great combinations over full weekends to make this happen.

For example, we often run Trail Skills on the Saturday with Jumps and Drops on the Sunday 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.

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.

Private Skills Training
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