Get Started - Beginner - Mountain Bike Course

Singletrack skills

Vision control

Weight shift conering

Maximum grip

Vision Control

Line and grip

Cone of movement

Steep becomes attainable

Jon Chalmers

CycleActive Director

Rich Barnard

CycleActive Director

Chris Ford

Cycleactive founder


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: £25
Premium Full Suspension Bike rental: £25
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 - 2017
Near Bracknell (London) 
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15 April 
27 May 
1 July 
14 July - No Availability
11 August 
8 September 
6 October 


Cannock Chase - 2017
The Midlands 
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28 April - No Availability
19 May 
9 June - No Availability
7 July 
11 August
1 September 
29 September

Ambleside - 2017
The Lake District 
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12 May
17 June
15 July
18 August
15 September
14 October
18 November


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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