This is a day aimed at new riders. We'll help you to 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. You'll spend the day on our purpose-built skills course where our friendly, highly qualified instructors will introduce you to the fundamental techniques of mountain bike riding.
We’re surrounded by some of the finest mountain biking routes in Europe, with world class single track routes, including the Gwydyr Forest trails and the Penmachno Trail right outside our back door. Other classic trails at Coed y Brenin and Coed Llandegla are only a short drive from our centre. Plus, there’s the iconic ride of Snowdon. But you'll also find purpose-built skills and coaching circuit and bike workshop facility with a wide range of tools and resources, plus maps to help you get the most from the area.
You'll learn the fundamental skills and good technical habits to give you the right foundation to build on and progress in your new sport.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
We'll start off by checking your current skills, and then coach you in the areas you want to improve in.
You should have basic cycling skills.
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 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.
As both your body and mind will be working hard whilst you're with us, we want to help you focus on achieving the goal you've set yourself. So if you're staying with us, comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and home-cooked meals are part of the deal, you don't need to think about sorting this out for yourself. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified staff, to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development.
You should bring your own MTB plus your regular MTB equipment and clothing, helmet etc. You can hire a mountain bike locally and arrange for it to be delivered to our base in time for the start of your course.
Spend some time on a bike to get comfortable with riding and build some basic riding fitness.