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Mountain Bike Skills Courses

Novice to Ninja

A rider tackling a rocky drop-off

Three days of intensive trail technique progression and consolidation

Spend three days under the watchful eyes of our coaches learning technical singletrack skills and let us take your trail riding to the next level. We'll build your confidence on technical singletrack and get you riding faster and more skilfully than ever before.

Our three day Novice to Ninja course combines our other two weekend courses and looks at the key elements to finding your flow and builds upon your fundamentals to improve your technical singletrack skills and energy management. Rooty trails will no longer hold any fear and steep rocky descents will become second nature.

After the course you will receive a massive boost in speed and commitment on fast corners, steep descents and in your climbing; all of which achieved with far less physical effort.

Gary's feedback from watching me ride was really insightful - I'd clearly been doing things the wrong way for some time and he practically looked into my head when discussing mind-management and reading the trails.

Alex - Purley, Surrey

When & where

This course is usually scheduled on the 2nd Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the month or, if you wish, you can book the three course days separately with a break in between. However, you must complete the course days in order; Singletrack Fundamentals first, then Singletrack Improver (part I) and finally Singletrack Improver (part II).

The venue for this course is: Hurtwood Car Park 14, Radnor Lane, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6NW.

How to book

Click Book Online below to open our bookings system and first add a three day course pass to your basket Then add the three course days from our schedule on the days you prefer, remembering to book the three courses in order.

Book online

You may also download the pre-course pack for each course day from the bookings page. This details the schedule for each day, venue details, travel information and a full equipment list including some mandatory items. 

Course outline

The skills taught and practiced on the Novice to Ninja 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 Fast-track Singletrack Skills two day course instead or have a look at our choosing the right course FAQ page.

Typical daily programme

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

Using the correct techniques the trail seemed smoother and easier as we just floated down and felt fresh at the bottom

Mike - Brighton Mountain Bike Club

At the end of your course you will receive

Course summary

  • Course venue
    Holmbury St Mary RH5 6NW
  • Duration - 3 days
  • Maximum coaching ratio - 6:1
  • Fitness - Frequent exerciser
  • Technical grade - Intermediate

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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