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Mountain Biking Courses & Holidays


Here at Plas y Brenin we are surrounded by some of the finest mountain biking routes in Europe. We have world class single track routes like the Marin Trail in the Gwydyr forest and Penmachno Trail right outside the back door and other classic trails at Coed y Brenin and Coed Llandegla only a few minutes away. We?ve seen first hand the dramatic increase in popularity of this exciting, now well-established sport and we're convinced it?s here to stay. As the National Mountain Centre we?re keen to make sure that people enjoy the mountains in a safe and responsible way, allowing them to have even more fun. That?s why we are offering an extended list of both recreational and vocational mountain bike courses. If you want to improve your skills, or simply ride in good company we have some great week-long and weekend courses on these pages.
As part of any of our mountain bike courses you will be expected to bring your own bike and cycling equipment. Please ensure your bike is safe, roadworthy and well maintained. If it is not, you may be unable to take part in the course. (With 2 weeks notice we can arrange suitable bike hire at an additional cost)

Discover Mountain Biking

Got a mountain bike but never really use it? Ride on the road but find the off-road stuff a bit scary? Don't worry you are not alone. Loads of people lack the confidence to ride off road and the th...........

Experience Required: You should have your own bike and kit and be capable of riding for 4-5 hours each day

Cost and Duration: £180 (2 Days)

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Mountain Bike Improver

Want to get more out of your mountain biking? Let us improve your riding skills and build your confidence. Find out all about the attack position, better braking, slick gear changing, cornering, weigh...........

Experience Required: You should have your own bike and kit. You will have completed a few rides already and be capable of riding for 4-5 hours on rugged terrain.

Cost and Duration: £200 (2 Days)

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Guided Classic Rides

Over three days, our mountain bike guides will take you on a tour of some of the finest natural and manmade mountain bike trails in Europe including some hidden gems not to be found in any guide book............

Experience Required: Fit enough to ride for 4-5 hours for three continuous days.

Cost and Duration: £255 (3 Days)

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Big Mountain Rides

Two days of big off-road routes. Each day you'll travel off into the high mountains with our mountain bike coaches looking for adventure. No trail centres on the list on this long weekend, just hard-w...........

Experience Required: Fit enough to ride for 4-5 hours for two days running.

Cost and Duration: £200 (2 Days)

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The Snowdon Challenge

A weekend that includes an attempt to ride up and down Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. Day one is an intense 'shake down' day where, on a long ride in the mountains, your coach will assess y...........

Experience Required: A high level of biking fitness, reasonable technical skills and a cool head.

Cost and Duration: £230 (2 Days)

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Downhill Skills

A weekend spent enjoying the best bits of mountain biking - the Downhills. On these two days we provide a vehicle to get you up to the top of the hills, minimising the uphill pedalling. Not for armou...........

Experience Required:  fit enough to ride for 4-5 hours for two days running.

Cost and Duration: £240 (2 Days)

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Mountain Biking For Families

Want to get more out of your family mountain bike rides? Let us improve your riding skills and build your confidence. Find out all about the attack position, better braking, slick gear changing, corne...........

Experience Required: You should have your own bike and kit. You will have completed a few rides already and be capable of riding for 4-5 hours on rugged terrain.

Cost and Duration: £195 (2 Days)

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Performance Mountain Bike Coaching

The perfect way for Intermediate mountain bikers to develop their riding skills. High staff to student ratios combined with top level coaching give maximum opportunity for improvement on this two-day ...........

Experience Required: Happy on blue graded and red graded trails.

Cost and Duration: £240 (2 Days)

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Great Welsh Rides

The mountain biking in North Wales is superb and varied. Although a few centres are well publicised, the average rider doesn't even know about most of the routes that exist . Why not join us on this t...........

Experience Required: regular trail centre rider who wants to spread their wings and uncover more in North Wales.

Cost and Duration: £260 (3 Days)

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Mountain Bike Core Skills

This course focuses on the technically correct way to perform the core skills required to become a more competent and confident rider. These skills are the perfect foundation for less experienced ride...........

Experience Required: Happy on blue graded and red graded trails.

Cost and Duration: £245 (2 Days)

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Mountain Bike Core Skills for Women

Some girls are happy to ride alongside the guys whilst others find it intimidating, thats why weve given you the option to select one of these Women only dates. If you find the idea of riding in...........

Experience Required: Happy on blue graded and red graded trails.

Cost and Duration: £245 (2 Days)

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Progressive Development Programme - Mountain Biking

If you are happy riding for 3-4 hours on rugged terrain but youd like to get more out of your mountain biking and progress quickly, this is the course for you. Over four seperate weekends our coaches...........

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Cost and Duration: £1000 (8 Days)

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Can't find what you want?

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 one of the courses listed above 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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