Your greatest upgrade… invest in you!
Mountain biking is a huge journey. It’s a constant discovery of what you can achieve, what you can learn, what you can climb and what you can handle. You can spend years slowly learning through trial, error and the occasional tumble, or you can invest in yourself as a mountain biker.
For beginners, expert coaching gives you a useful headstart into our fabulous sport. A coaching session sets you off in the right direction – giving you core off-road techniques that will enhance your enjoyment and your safety.
For experienced mountain bikers, regular check-ins with a skills coach bring solid improvement: correcting bad habits, finessing your technique and encouraging you to push your riding further.
1. New to mountain biking
Set yourself off in the right direction with our beginners’ mountain biking course. Our coach will introduce you to the essential skills you need to be happy and safe off-road. After setting up your bike, you’ll learn about riding position, climbing, descending and cornering: the perfect intro to off-roading. With the foundation skills mastered, you’ll have the confidence you need to really enjoy our sport.
2. Trail side repairs
1-9 (all levels)
Even a well-maintained mountain bike can develop small problems out on the trail. With the skills to fix simple mechanical problems, you can carry on enjoying your whole ride, so you won’t be faced with a long walk home should your bike develop an issue. We cover the skills you need to keep on riding: punctures, gear indexing, brake pad changes and broken chains. It’s easy once you know how.
3. Trail fundamentals
4. Cornering and flow
Any mountain biker knows there’s a difference between simply riding and really flowing through the trails. This intermediate level course helps you find that elusive flow. Learn how to breeze through corners and adapt seamlessly to changing trail conditions. This is the course for mountain bikers looking to really embrace their love of singletrack.
5. Jumps and drops
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of clearing a jump – when your wheels gently leave the trail, then smoothly come back down to earth. The skills you need to handle jumps and drops are within your grasp. Our expert coach helps you build the confidence and bike handling to take trail obstacles in your stride. It’s the crucial next step for the biker making fast progress.
6. eBike essentials
The arrival of e-bikes has further expanded the horizons of mountain biking. But these brilliant new machines call for their own set of skills. A Marmalade e-bike course equips you to make the most of your electrical assistance. You’ll learn how to use your wattage to your best advantage, and how to handle a heavier bike when the trail gets technical. There is no better feeling than a big UK mountain adventure or summer alpine holiday with your riding buddies. The rewards are huge, the views even bigger and almost certainly the riding on a level you will rarely find on your local trails. This session with Jim is all about injecting the confidence inspiring techniques to maximise your hard-earned experience and safety on extreme terrain!
7. Wheel lifts and manuals
Frequently overlooked and neglected skills that virtually every rider could benefit from. Adding the all important wheel lifts to your armoury of skills will ensure you clean those technical climbs and glide across momentum sucking obstacles.
8. Steep, technical and natural
This is all about our extremely experienced leaders and coaches sharing their in depth knowledge of trail side repairs to ensure you are not left with that long walk home. This 1-2-1 or small group workshop can be hosted in your garage, garden or weather permitting an open space near to the trails. From punctures, gear indexing, brake pad changes to broken chains there is ride saving expertise here to share for all levels!
Booking for this coaching session is available at the Surrey Hills.
Meet our expert coach
MTB Leader and Coach
CTC Trail Leader & Coach
Jim’s background dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum