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Mountain Bike Skills Courses

Introduction to Mountain Biking

A rider tackling a rocky drop-off

An exciting two day mix of trail skills and practical advice

You've managed to survive this long out on the trails without any formal skills coaching, but have nagging doubts you might be doing a few things wrong. You also dread anything going wrong with your bike as you've never been taught any basic trailside repairs. You fear your luck will run out soon or maybe it already has.

On our Introduction to Mountain Biking course our expert coaches will take what you have learned so far to the next level and beyond. We'll tell what you're already doing right, so you can do more of that, and what you're doing wrong, and we'll turn you into a mountain bike Macgyver so you can turn disaster into victory with ease.

On Day One we'll look at your bike set-up, polish your fundamentals, iron out any bad habits you may have picked up, get you moving around your bike and tackling some trail obstacles with style and finesse.

Then on Day Two we'll look at safety, equipment and how to get yourself out of a pickle if things go wrong out on the trail. We'll look at the mountain biker's bag and how what's in it can make all the difference if your bike let's you down or your luck runs out.

After the course you'll find your enjoyment of the sport will increase dramatically. You'll no longer feel like you're just surviving trails, you'll feel in more control and ready to ride more challenging of trails. You'll also feel confident you can carry out common repairs out on the trail.

I've been a self-taught mountain biker for years - I wish I'd actually had some proper teaching much earlier on, I could have avoided a lot of fear and been faster and smoother over the trails.

The course reignited my love of mountain biking and significantly changed my riding style. I'm riding things I wouldn't have thought possible, now with better flow.

Richard - Godstone, Surrey

Course outline

The skills taught and practiced on the Introduction to Mountain Biking course include:

Is this course right for me?

Please read the following description. If this sounds like you, then you're perfect for this course:

If this sounds beyond your current skill and fitness level, please choose our Singletrack Fundamentals day course instead or have a look at our choosing the right course FAQ page.

Typical programme

Although the course is flexible it will usually keep to the following programme:

I’ve ridden trails and cross country for years but Danielle (the coach) broke down technique for making riding singletrack trails energy efficient and less intimidating. Really learned a lot and to learn in a female only environment was especially confidence boosting. We spent time making sure the bike was fit to ride, safe and suitable which was really useful.

Stephanie - Putney, London

At the end of your course you will receive

Course summary

  • Course venue
    Holmbury St Mary RH5 6NW
  • Duration - 2 days
  • Maximum coaching ratio - 6:1
  • Fitness - Basic Fitness
  • Technical grade - Basic

Course grading explained


  • What's included
    • · Professional mountain bike coaching
    • · Pre-course information pack
  • What's not included
    • · Bike hire
    • · Personal clothing & equipment
    • · Overnight accommodation
    • · Meals and drinks
    • · Transfers to & from venues
    • · Travel/activity Insurance
    • · Cancellation Insurance
  • Optional Extras

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About Singletrack School

Singletrack School provide mountain bike skills coaching, mountain bike technique courses, mountain bike skills weekends, women's mountain bike skills courses, private mountain bike skills tuition, off-road skills instruction for kids and families, guided singletrack rides and cross country bike adventures in The Surrey Hills and beyond.

We also organise and deliver team building and corporate entertainment events for corporate customers, and experience days and social events for schools, clubs, youth groups, stag parties and hen parties.

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