This five day course is for young people aged 12-17 years old who are new or novice mountain bikers. During this week you'll cover all the areas you need to develop your mountain biking skills both on and off the bike. Our friendly, enthusiastic and highly qualified instructors will help you get to grips with the key skills involved in technical riding including; step downs, drop offs, manual front wheel lifts, bunny hops, technical climbing and descending.
We'll also teach you how to maintain your bike; setting up gears, changing cables, problems with steering, and brake repair and maintenance (rim, mechanical disc and hydraulic disc brakes). There's plenty of chance to practice all these skills as you'll be out on your bike all day, covering about 20km every day on the fantastic trails of Snowdonia. This is a fantastic, active get away for young people who are looking to take their biking skills and possibly discover a new lifelong passion.
- You'll improve at your new sport, tackling the trails with new skills and confidence. - You’ll learn how to look after your bike, learning both general maintenance and trailside fixes. - You’ll learn in a friendly, supportive environment from expert instructors who can share with you a wealth of expertise to get you going in your new sport the right way.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
Over the five days we'll aim to cover
Bike handling and trail riding skills
Efficient and controlled braking
Manual front wheel lifts
Power assisted front wheel lifts
Technical climbing and descending
What to take with you out mountain biking
Bike set up, maintenance and emergency repairs such as setting up gears, changing cables, problems with steering, problems with brakes
What to do in an emergency
You'll get plenty of chance to put all these skills into practice on mountain bike journeys, at local trail centres and on our mountain bike skills course.
You'll need a good level of fitness for this week and be able to ride distances of around 20km. If you're unsure about fitness levels, just get in touch and our team will be happy to chat through any questions you have.
Why Choose Plas y Brenin?
Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.
If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself. We may also be able to arrange a transfer from Llandudno Junction train station, subject to availability. We would need a minimum of one week’s notice prior to your course start date – please contact reception to learn more.
When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.
Comfortable dormitory accommodation and home-cooked meals are part of the deal. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified staff, to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They will also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan to further your development.
We recommend that you bring your own mountain bike (in good condition and full working order). If you don't have one, you can hire one from one of the local bike shops (we recommend Beics Betws - 01690 710766) and arrange with them for it to be delivered to Plas y Brenin in time for the start of your course.
You'll also need;
Cycle helmet and gloves (full and fingerless) Warm outdoor cycling specific clothing such as padded shorts and leggings Eye protection Backpack (plus liners - 3-4 small bin bags is fine) Drinks bottle - 1 litre (or hydration system) Tool kit, including pump and inner tubes Waterproof jacket and trousers Tracksuit or walking trousers (not jeans or heavy cotton) Tops - long and short-sleeved (ideally not cotton, poor insulation properties, thermal tops are ideal) Fleeces/warm tops (not cotton) Footwear to bike in (ones you don't mind getting muddy/wet) Warm hat, gloves, sun hat/cap Trainers and a set of clothes for evening activities that can get wet Large Towel Lunch box/bag High factor sun cream (min factor 30) Midge repellent Sandals/flip flops or spare shoes for wearing around centre
Suggested Additional Items:
Flask Torch (head torch is best, don't forget the batteries!) Small amount of cash Notebook and pen Book, games etc. for the evenings when you're not on activities
Plas y Brenin has an excellent drying room, where clothes should dry overnight if wrung out and hung carefully, but do bring a few changes.
If you are using this course for your Gold Residential for the Duke of Edinburgh's award, don't forget to bring your e-dofe number with you.
You'll need a good level of fitness for this week and be able to ride distances of around 20km, as you'll be out on your bike all day.