Are you a young mountain biker aged 14-17 years who wants to take their riding to the next level. This course is aimed at the rider that is riding red graded trails with ease and wants to learn more advanced skills. We will teach you the skills necessary to carry more flow on the trail, be smoother and faster. Whether mountain bike racing is your focus or you just enjoy pushing your limits, this course is for you. We are well placed in the Snowdonia National Park to access the local trail centres, natural steeper trails, wild mountain routes, not to mention purpose built skills training areas to hone your skills. We will do a day of uplift, driving you to the top so that you can focus on the downhill skills. Our experienced coaches will look forward to helping you achieve your goals.
Improve upon fundamental skills such as: Manuals, Cornering, Wheelies and Bunny hops. Learn to link these skills and apply them in more advanced environments. Work on more advanced skills such as: Jumps and drops, dealing with roots and how to ride steeper stuff.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
Over the five days you'll cover a whole range of new skills
Improve upon Manuals, Cornering, Wheelies and Bunny hops
Learn to link these skills and apply them in more advanced environments
Work on more advanced skills including: Jumps and drops, dealing with roots and how to ride steeper stuff
You should be riding red graded trails with ease and have a good standard of fitness. As a guide, be able to ride for 4-5 hours and cover distances of approximately 25km.
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.
You should bring your own MTB in good working order.
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 course, as you'll be out on your bike all week, plus you should feel comfortable and confident riding red trails. This week is aimed at those who have been on a previous mountain bike skills course or are slightly older; aged 14-17 years old.