Intermediate Mountain Bike Skills Course

Course length – 1 day

Start time – 10am

Finish time – 4pm (ish)

Cost – £40pp

Meeting location – Durdle Door Holiday Park (BH20 5PU)

Ratio (max.) – 1:6*

*A minimum of 2 people are required for a course to run.  1:1 tuition is available from £90 per day.

Our skills courses are for anyone over the age of 12 years, though any participant under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.

This course develops existing off-road riding skills as well as introducing new skills to enable the participants to successfully ride more demanding trails, both natural and man-made.

Participants will tackle rocky and technical cross country trails.

Experienced required?

The intermediate course is for mountain bikers who have experience of single-track and other technical riding but are interested in improving their handling skills and technical ability.  It is recommended that participants first attend the beginner’s skills course if they are relatively inexperienced.

Your fitness…

Periods of sustained effort will be encountered during the intermediate course and thus it is recommended that riders have a reasonable level of fitness.  You should be able to cycle continuously up a gradient of at least 10% for 10-15 minutes.

During the course riders will be introduced to advanced technical and rocky terrain, riders will be asked to perform some tasks when their bodies may be experiencing levels of high exertion.

Techniques will be demonstrated and broken down in detail; participants will then be asked to attempt the techniques; corrections/advice will be given; techniques will be re-attempted.  If at any point you feel unsure or are uncomfortable with what is being asked of you, we encourage you to voice your concerns/questions so that a different approach can be taken.

What’s involved?

The course will cover the following, but is not limited to:

  • Bike preparation (safety checks) and setup
  • Steep descents
  • Steep ascents
  • Trackstands
  • Ascent and descent of advanced rocky/rooty/stepped terrain
  • Advanced Negotiating TTF’s (Technical Terrain Features)
    • Off-camber roots
    • Slow drops (up to ½ metre)
    • Faster drop-off and jumps
    • Faster cornering
    • Faster single-track riding
    • Front and rear wheel lifts and hops
    • Manuals

The instructors…

All of our mountain bike instructors are very experienced and well qualified.  Each of them are 1st aid trained and hold an enhanced disclosure and barring service check, take a look at our team profiles here.

The course day…

The day starts at 10am and will continue until approximately 4pm.  We’ll start off with an introduction of each other, an intro to the day ahead and then a safety check of everyone’s mountain bikes and helmets.

We will then get riding.

Your equipment…

You will require a well maintained mountain bike for this course; this should be fitted with off-road tyres.  A minimum of front suspension is recommended.

You will also need to bring a packed lunch, water and a backpack.

Bicycles can be hired locally if you do not own one, approx. £17 per day.  We can arrange this for you if required.

All participants must wear a helmet which must be in a safe condition.  Participants are also encouraged to wear gloves and mountain bike specific knee or knee/shin pads, normal sports shin pads are unacceptable and can exacerbate injury.

 NOTE – If your bike and/or helmet are not considered safe to use then you will not be permitted to continue with the day’s instruction and your course fees will remain the property of the provider.  In addition, if your handling skills are a long way below the stated minimum required you may be asked to attend an alternate course or progress your current skills first.

Further details and directions are available by Contacting Us.