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Update on 2018 training courses

Earlier this summer we announced Training for 2018 where we said we would be adding additional dates to the training calendar. Unfortunately due to the work commitments of the instructors, there has been reduced availability of free weekends, which has lead to only one more session being added to the calendar.

This Trail Skills date was released to the waiting list last week and became fully booked within a couple of days. If there is enough demand and the weather is still kind, then another date may be added in early October. The final decision will have to wait until closer to the time as the weather is so changeable. If you would be interested in an October course please email kat@mbswindon.co.uk


Training for 2018

As a club we pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming to new members and want to help them get the most out of their mountain biking. We fulfill part of this role by offering training courses at two levels, Core Skills and Trail Skills.

The first set of dates for Core Skills have been announced and are open for booking. They are available on a first come, first served basis and can be booked via the Core Skills page.

Don’t worry if you can’t make these dates, as we are working on a couple more dates for Core Skills and some for the Trail Skills, but they are likely to be in August or September and we will update the pages once they have been secured.

2017 Training Dates Announced

After some delay we are pleased to announce the dates for the 2017 training courses.

We have the following dates available to book:

With limited spaces available we recommend you book on as soon as possible and if there is enough demand we may run additional courses.

Thanks for you continued interest

MB Swindon Admin Team

Photos – First aid training course

Mountain biking first aid course.This was a one day first aid course organised by MBSwindon and taught by Wiltshire Ambulance Service Ltd (formerly Wolverest Group). The course was held at the Wiltshire Ambulance training centre in Swindon.

The format was a mix of presentation, demonstration, hands on trials and discussion.  There were two assistants for some of the demonstrations whilst for others we had to work in pairs or groups.  Our instructor Jayne had a lot of experience of providing cover at national cycling events including downhill events and road races. 

We shared mountain bike accident horror stories over the day. We looked at videos and photos of accidents and discussed what we would do if presented with that situation.

The course covered pretty much everything you would expect: assessing the situation, personal safety risks, checking for breathing,  how to clear a throat blockage, how to provide cpr, checking for spinal injury, how to move a victim, should you remove their helmet, shock, hypothermia, cuts, bandages, breaks, slings and lots of other things too.

First aid log roll.

There were a lot of amusing moments over the day. The winner must be Tom Scott who replied to a question with  “there is a technique that I was taught years ago that I still use from time to time called kissing it better.”

Some feedback from those present:

  • “Good 1st aid course today. Hopefully I’ll never have to use it on a ride, but nice to know what to do” – Richard Ford
  • “I agree, it was a great course. I think everyone should do it.” – Dean Bull
  • “Great course.  Good presentation and discussion, exactly what I needed” – Tom Stickland

Future courses will be advertised on our events page. See our alps accident story and some information on accident stats and safety gear.


New member discount on the way – Mike Buss training centre

Mike Buss training centre in Swindon.

A new club member discount will be available from October 2012. The Mike Buss training centre is not your normal gym.

“The Gym itself will be unlike most gyms you would have been in before, based around functional training equipment provided by Jordan Fitness & Beaver Fit, the aim is to work the body in the way it should be used for life and aimed at getting proven fast but long term results what ever your goal.”

Mike Buss PT Facebook page.

Free MTB Maintenance course at Hargoves Cycles (women only)

Hargroves Cycles in Swindon are running this free MTB maintenance course for MBSwindon club members. This evening is women only – there is another course on Wednesday the 14th of September that’s open to all. They’ve also put together an “essentials kit” for a very good price. If you would like to book a place then email phil at mbswindon dot co dot uk.

Free MTB Maintenance course at Hargoves Cycles

Hargroves Cycles in Swindon are running this free MTB maintenance course for MBSwindon club members. They’re also running an all-women session on the 21st September. Hargroves have put together an “essentials kit” for a very good price. If you would like to book a place then email phil at mbswindon dot co dot uk.