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Mountain Bike Skills Courses

Singletrack Improver (Part I)

A rider tackling a rocky drop-off

Upgrade your trail skills to the next level

Have you reached a plateau in your mountain biking and can't seem to ride faster on technical terrain without fear of falling off? Maybe you've tried a few red or black graded backcountry or trail centre trails, but lacked the confidence to hit technical sections as hard as you would like?

Our two Singletrack Improver coaching courses we will build upon your Fundamentals to give you a toolbox of mountain bike skills that you can apply to any terrain, in any location, and any in conditions; be it a gnarly back country trail in The Lakes or classic red route at a Welsh trail centre?

Following Singletrack Improver (Part I) you will see an immediate improvement in your riding and a boost in your confidence on technical trails. You will be able to tackle rougher terrain and trickier corners with greater control and negotiate bigger trail obstacles with confidence and commitment.

Neil (the coach) very quickly identified and unravelled bad habits and described correct technique in a way that had instant results on the bike

Francis - South-East London

When & where

This course is usually scheduled to run on the 1st Sunday, 2nd Saturday, 3rd Saturday and 4th Sunday (women only) of each month.

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

How to book

To view dates and book your place on this and other Singletrack School skills courses, please click on the button below. to open our bookings system.

Book online

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

Course outline

The skills taught and practiced on this skills 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:

This course is aimed at riders who can already tackle blue and red trails with some confidence, who have probably had some formal coaching before, but perhaps recognise that their skills may be somewhat lacking in some areas. If you are prone to crashing frequently, do not ride regularly and are not a frequent trail centre visitor, we strongly suggest that you join a Level 2 Singletrack Fundamentals course and practice regularly for at least a month to consolidate the learnings before booking this course.

If this sounds beyond your current skill level, please choose our Singletrack Fundamentals 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:

Great day today on the Singletrack Improver (Part I) course, I can now manual with the best of them. Really enjoyed the guided ride too, although the legs are a spot achey now

Steve - Witney, Oxfordshire

At the end of your course you will receive

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

Mike - Brighton Mountain Bike Club

Upgrade to two days of coaching & riding

You may wish to consider upgrading to our Mountain Bike Improver two day course.

The Mountain Bike Improver course costs £199.00 and includes the following courses:

Visit the Mountain Bike Improver course page for more information.

Course summary

  • Course venue
    Holmbury St Mary RH5 6NW
  • Duration - 5 hours
  • Maximum coaching ratio - 6:1
  • Fitness - Regular 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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