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Mountain Bike Fundamentals (Skills Coaching)

Course Overview

This is a day aimed at new riders. We'll help you develop good technical riding habits right from the start which will make all the difference long term. Plus we'll ensure your bike is set up right for you so that you can spend a full day in the hills. The day will include using our purpose built skills course to introduce you to the fundamental techniques of mountain bike riding.

Experience Required

For people just starting out in mountain biking

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

This is a day all new riders should start with, getting good technical riding habits right from the start will make all the difference long term, we will help you make sure you bike is set up right for you so that you can get the most out of it, we will use our local skills course to work through all the fundamental techniques to make sure your doing the right thing in the future.


Experience: For people just starting out in mountain biking


Topics and techniques


  • Bike set up

  • Rider position

  • Controlling speed

  • Fundamentals of Cornering

  • Dealing with loose terrain

  • Introducing drop off and rollers

What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Instruction/coaching
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    Parking with CCTV surveillance


    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

Accommodation For This Course

Non Residential

Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.

This course is instruction only, no accommodation or meals are provided, however our famous afternoon tea and cakes are included.

For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch. If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.

You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team.

Sometimes we have availability for B&B. Please contact our customer services team a few days before your course, alternatively we can send you a local accommodation list.



What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?


  • Bike (in good working order)

  • Helmet

  • Gloves

  • Protective glasses

  • Suitable clothing for a days ride (trousers/shorts, thermal/base layers, fleece, windproof top)

  • Footwear for biking (trainers or biking shoes)

  • Small backpack with spare clothes

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Basic tool kit including spare inner tube, pump

  • Personal first aid kit

  • Water bottle/hydration system

  • Lunch box/bag

  • Warm hat, neck gaiter/buff


These items are recommended for our advanced courses



  • Elbow and knee pads (we have a selection you can try)

  • Body armour


We recommend that you bring your own mountain bike (in good condition and full working order), if you don't have a bike you can arrange bike hire from one of the local bike shops, during the course we will make time to give advice to anyone looking to buy a bike and equipment.



If you hire a bike locally please let us know and arrange for the hire shop to drop off the bike either the evening before or by 9am on the first day of your course.



We would recommend Beics Betws - 01690 710766 if you need to hire a bike.



If renting a bike click here for a rough sizing guide





Not found what you were looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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