Core Skills

Whether you’re a total novice wanting to get into mountain biking or you’re a regular that’s never had any proper training, this course is an ideal starting point to becoming a better rider.

Led by a qualified mountain bike instructor, all the basic skills required to maximise your enjoyment of local tracks and trails on a mountain bike are covered, including:

  • Pre-ride bike safety checks
  • Basic riding position
  • Use of brakes
  • Use of gears
  • Descents
  • Ascents
  • Small drops (rolling)
  • Front wheel lifts
  • What equipment to carry on the trail
  • Time/weather/interest permitting – Advice on basic maintenance & repairs (e.g. fixing broken chain, repairing a puncture)
  • Q&A and Advice

Open to all aged 18 or over (unless accompanied), the course will start/end at Barbury Castle and last around 5-6 hours (10am – 3/4pm). All you need is a well-maintained mountain bike, a helmet and a few basics. No previous skills (other than being able to ride a bike!) are needed and no-one will get left behind.

Course dates

  • 4th June 2016
  • 12th June 2016 [LADIES ONLY]
  • 19th June 2016

If you can’t make any of the those dates or they’re all booked, and you want to express your interest in any future dates then contact us.

Booking a course

Courses are £20 for MB Swindon club members, £25 for non-members. To book online click the appropriate button below.

Cancellation policy

You can cancel up to and including a week before your course. The cost of your course will be refunded or you can transfer onto another training course. If you have to cancel in the week leading up to your course then we will not be able to refund the cost of your course or transfer you to another course. However, your place on the course can be transferred to a different person. MBSwindon reserve the right to cancel a course if less than 4 people are booked on it. If this happens the cost of your course will be refunded or you can transfer onto another training course.

After paying please ensure you click on the continue button to select the course date required and enter your contact details.