Beginners Mountain Bike Skills Course

Course length – 1 day

Start time – 10am

Finish time – 4pm (ish)

Cost – £35pp

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 £80 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 introduces the basic skills required during off-road riding.  The course will provide techniques to enable participant to safely negotiate their way across most varieties of terrain which will be encountered during a day’s riding, both within the UK and abroad.

The course will focus on safety awareness and hazard avoidance, as well as developing general handling skills.


Experience required?

All we ask for this course is that you are comfortable riding along flat bridleways/canal paths/forest track.  All skills instruction will be provided by our highly experienced and qualified mountain bike instructors.


Your fitness…

By its nature mountain biking is more physically demanding than that of road riding.  It is more of a full body workout, where you are manoeuvring your body around the pivot points on your bike.

We ask that you are able to ride continuously on flat trails for at least one hour.  You should also be prepared for a fair amount of physical exertion.


What’s involved?

The course will cover the following:

  • Bike preparation (safety checks) and setup
  • Riding positions
  • Proper use of gears
  • Efficient and safe braking techniques
  • Cornering
  • Climbing
  • Descending
  • Singletrack riding
  • Negotiating TTF’s (Technical Terrain Features)
    • Roots
    • Rocks
    • Small drops
  • Front wheel lifts


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.  Front suspension would be an advantage but not essential.

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

Bicycles can be hired locally if you do not own one, this is circa £17.  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.


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.