The Big Ride (13-14 July)

Course Overview

A weekend packed with information and experience to help develop your biking.
Riders form all over the UK will enjoy a variety of workshop in the morning before heading out into the mountains to enjoy classic guided rides each afternoon.
In the evening you will have opportunity to enjoy presentations from some fascinating guest speakers and a chance to check out some of the latest gear and technology.

Our partners Scott Sports will be bringing along a fleet of the latest mountain and road bikes which will be available for you to try on the guided rides or on our skills course over the weekend.

2 nights accommodation, all your meals, workshops, guest speakers and guided rides for only £160.

Previous Experience Required

No experience required but you must have your own bike, helmet and equipment

Cost: £ (2 days)

Scheduled Dates

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Detailed Course Notes

Here is a list of the workshops offered over the weekend. Plus each afternoon there will also be guided rides to choose from, these will vary in distance and difficulty so there will be something to suit your experience and ability. You'll be able to sign up for the workshops and guided rides on the weekend and if you need any advice our coaches will be on hand to help.


Our partners Scott Sports will be bringing along a fleet of the latest mountain and road bikes which will be available for you to try on the guided rides or on our skills course over the weekend.


Pump Track Basics


Mountain Bike Pump Track SkillsIf you want to improve your cornering, learn to keep your momentum going over bumps and improve your control at speed, let our coaches put you through your paces on the pump track. A short session on this purpose built on-site track will equip you with all the building blocks you need to boost your confidence and style on the trail. A highly beneficial workshop that also happens to be tons and tons of fun.



Jumps and Drops


Mountain Bike Jump SkillsLearn to master the big drops with ease and develop a level of confidence that means you go looking for things to jump off on this fast-moving high-end workshop.

This one is ideal for riders with experience who strive keep their wheels on the ground but secretly yearn to conquer the jumps.



Cornering Skills


Mountain Bike cornering SkillsConfident cornering is all about line, timing and commitment. Let our coaches help you get to grips with these fundamental concepts along with the more technical aspects of cornering at speed and your riding will be more fluid and graceful in the future. A great workshop for trail centre riders and mountain riders alike.



Technical ups


Mountain Bike uphill ridingSkillsIf you are constantly dabbing your foot down on steep uphills while other riders seem to glide effortlessly past you, maybe there are a few pointers on this session that could help. Learn to adjust your body position effectively, how to choose the best line and how to read the terrain further ahead.

Ideal for trail centre riders with little mountain riding experience.



Downhill Skills


Mountain Bike downhill SkillsFor most riders, going down hill is when the real fun starts. Riding a steep downhill section smoothly and gracefully is a hugely rewarding experience and if you master a few essential skills that enjoyment is multiplied tenfold. On this workshop our coaches will help you tackle the steeps in style.

Ideal for anyone who lacks confidence or commitment on steep downhill sections.



Bike set up


Bike Set UpIs your bike set up correctly for you? If you are not completely sure, why not pop along to this workshop and find out how to set your bike up for your precise shape, size and weight. Armed with these simple principles you'll be able to set up your bike precisely the way you need it.

Because when the bike is right, the riding is much more rewarding.




Free Goody Bag


Free Goody BagDon't forget that every person on the Big Ride or Girls Big Road Ride gets one of these fantastic goody bags, packed with bike related stuff. So far the contents include Scott micro towel, Scott Poncho, Scott Water Bottles, RAF space saver hydration bottle, Muc Off chain treatment gel, Light My Fire Spork, Sess energy bar, Lorpen coolmax technial socks, Nikwax waterproofing and cleaning products, Nikwax heavy cotton tote bag, Nikwax pen and a copy of TGO Magazine but sponsers are still sending stuff in so watch this space for more additions.


What's Included In The Price?

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch
    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Instruction/coaching
    Secure bike storage
    Free wifi access
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool

Accommodation For This Course / Holiday

Plas y Brenin Main House

Your accommodation for this course is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.

Your course fee includes accommodation the night before your course begins and will be available from 6pm. On the last day of your course you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.

Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.

All your meals are included - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.

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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



Customer Reviews For This Course / Holiday

thankyou for a wonderful weekend

Laura

i bought the weekend for a birthday present for my boyfriend and it couldnt have been better.

All the instructors were approachable friendly and extremly knowledgable. i leanrt loads and even the other half learnt a few things too.

a great weekend thankyou so much


Top Value

Tim Cook

This weekend packed a huge amount in for the £160 cost. Really felt like I got my moneys worth and I would not hesitate to come back again next year.


Amazing Weekend

Andy Watson

We both learned a huge amount on this weekend as well as having a good old laugh. We rode in some incredible places, in the pouring rain - which actually made it brilliant. Double bonus! I got to ride a Scott Genius (pretty much straight out of the wrapper) for both days and it was simply out of this world. We can't thank PYB enough for the weekend and if it happens again next year we will definitely be there. If I have saved up enough spondoolies I should even be riding my own Genius by then too.


 

Not found what you were looking for?

hire an instructor or coachYou 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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