MTB Academy – EXPLORERS
The aim of the progress session is to develop their fitness and speed so they can feel confident to tackle more technical terrain and master intermediate skills. This session is a natural progression from our newcomer MTB academy. All riders will have the opportunity to improve regardless of ability or experience. We’ll share our knowledge of MTB ettiquette, including how to share the trails with other users and maintain our pledge to UNESCO Biosphere IOM.
Lead by a Level 3 qualified mountain bike coach with over 10 years experience delivering cycling activities to children of all ages and abilities.
VENUE: South Barrule Plantation (Meeting at the main car park).
DATE: Every SATURDAY during school term time.
This session is aimed at children who ideally:
- Know how to ride in their ‘Attack position’.
- Riding safely in a group and independently using gears to maintain speed.
- ‘Weight shift’ by moving their body around their bike.
- Can ride in all weather conditions for short durations (an hour).
- Have experience riding off road in plantations
- being able to ride longer sustained climbs.
- Understand how to ride safely in a group and corner using a berm and shift their gears to maintain momentum.
- Controlling their speed and momentum using their brakes and grip points to maintain or gain momentum.
- Riding intermediate features such as rollable drop offs and jumps.
*Please note only cancel sessions under extreme weather conditions. Check our Facebook page for updates if you are unsure prior to the session.
**Exclusion dates: Saturday 9th April 2022 & Sat 9th July 2022
What do I need to wear for this session?
Wearing a helmet during the session is compulsory. Full finger gloves are advised for off-road cycling. Please dress appropriately for the weather and riding conditions. Prepare for changable conditions!
What do I need to bring to the session?
Please bring anything you usually take with you on an MTB ride (inner tube, pump, food, water etc.) ensure your bike is in full working order. Failure to do so may mean you can’t take part in the session.
Where will we meet?
We will meet in the main car park.
Can I join the ride as a parent?
No. Our insurance is very specific and prohibits parents joining the MTB sessions. As always, we are happy to discuss how your child is progressing and their experiences at the Academy sessions.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
TERMS & CONDITIONS apply.
Our Pedal To Progression MTB Academy follows the key themes set out in the rider development pathway created by the UK’s governing body for cycle sport, British Cycling. Read more about our Academy ethos here.
As a recognised talent development coach, this structure allows us to deliver coaching sessions to identify riders strengths and improve their abilities based on key themes.
The themes are:
On-Bike skills (e.g.cornering, braking)
Off-bike skills (e.g. first aid & emergency repairs)
Each theme is integrated into riding activities within every session. With progressive linked sessions your child can develop at their own rate rather than meeting ‘set targets’ for their age. Coaching sessions are varied, diverse and have in-built flexibility to adapt to the children who attend each session (and the weather!).
We value aspects of riding that are often left out when just ‘going for a ride’ with an MTB ride leader or instructor. For example, understanding how to adapt your riding to trail conditions, negotiate obstacles with a purpose, rider etiquette in shared spaces and what to do in an emergency are essential to a long lasting love of riding a bike without unnecessary injury.
Our aim is for all children to be engaged, challenged and most importantly, able to have fun when riding their bike!
For children aged 13-15 who meet criteria we are able to nominate riders to attend Regional School Of Racing as a recognised British Cycling talent development coach.
If they wish to pursue competitive cycling this is the first step in working towards representing Great Britain.