FAQsSo what is the difference between a Fundamentals SKills and a Core Skills Course?
The Fundamental Skills Mountain Bike course is suitable for anyone who can ride a bike, the Core SKills course builds on the skills from the Fundamentals course and covers more technical obstacles such as taking drops and full mountain bike hills.
Can I reserve a place before I send in my vouchers/cheque?
Yes - just follow the booking system as normal but on page 3 opt to pay by vouchers/cheque, then send us your payment within 7 days of the booking, we'll confirm back by email when we have received your payment and also send you the precourse info.
what if the course I want is full?
We are happy to hold people in reserve for a specific course date, please coentact us to be placed on a reserve list. If a place becomes available (up to the night before) we will contact you and transfer your booking across. How fit do I have to be to attend a skills course?
The instruction courses are not designed to be a fitness test and where possible we will tailor the course to fit the ability of the group, however all participants should be active in daily life to be able to gain the most from the course. if in doubt book the lower level course as we will also tailor courses (to an extent) to the riders on the day.
Do you take Children?
Our standard skills courses are designed for Adults however we understand that children also love mud, water and mountain biking, With this in mind we run various childrens mountain biking courses in the better weather for children aged 8 years and upwards. We can also run private family days for those who wish to attend as a family and can offer childrens Birthday Parties by bike.
How good at cycling do I have to be?
You do not need to have cycled off road to take either the Fundamentals Skills Course however, you should be able to ride a bike on road. For guided rides pleasesee the ride descriptions as the Mam Tor and Woburn rides can be quite techncial in nature and we would hope you ride more than you walk!
Do you teach Downhill Mountain Bike skills? The basic mountain biking skills are taught on our SKills Courses, for developing these skills further we would suggest that book a days private instruction or for racing Downhill please book a specific downhill private instruction day.
What do I need to bring?
- A fully serviced Mountain Bike - these can be hired at a cost of £20 but must be booked in advance on the Booking Form
- Bike helmet (sorry but no helmet = no ride however we can supply helmets for a free loan)
- Gloves - full finger if its cold
- Suitable shoes and clothing for cycling such as trainers that you don't mind getting muddy but not jeans.
- Waterproofs - if rain is forecast
- Spare jacket or fleece - you will be colder than normal as we dont ride for all the course but stop watch adn analyse a lot
- Lunch (plenty of it!)
- Drink - we suggest water or a carbohydrate drink for summer and in addition a flask of something warm in the winter (we mean coffee not alcohol!)
What do I need to wear?
Please wear appropriate clothing such as tight jogging bottoms, leggings or tracksters (or if its sunny - shorts!) Loose clothing can get caught in the chain, please do not wear jeans. Footwear should be trainers, lightweight walking shoes, cycle shoes or similar. Cycling gloves are advisabel to prevent sore hands and long sleeves/trousers good as they offer a little protection against brambles/insects/sunshine etc. Do I have to wear a helmet?
Although there is no conclusive research on the benefits of wearing a helmet, a helmet is highly recommended whenever you are cycling off road. For insurance purposes a helmet is required to be worn on all Get Mountain Biking Courses. If you do not have a helmet please contact Get Mountain Biking in advance for the (free) loan of one.
Can I hire a bike?
Bike hire can be provided however this MUST be prearranged via the Booking Form. Once booked and paid for we will bring a bike and spare helmet with us on the day.
I have a medical condition
Please check any medical condition with your doctor and obtain their permission to attend the course before you book with us, there is a medical declaration on the Booking Form that you are required to complete, for you own well being.
How big is the group?
We belive that you learn best in a small group, the majority of our courses run with 6 riders on them. The maximum group size for skills courses is limited to 12 riders with 2 instructors for maximum benefit, safety and enjoyment. Guided Rides are limited to 6 riders per Guide and a max of 12 riders.
Is the course accessible by train?
Harlestone Firs - the nearest train station to Harlestone Firs is Northampton which is a 3.5 mile bike ride away from the meeting point. The train line runs directly into London Euston/Birmingham New Street.
Woburn Trails - the nearest Train station is in Woburn Sands and is a 1 mile bike ride away from the meeting point. Please note that there is a limited (but expanding) Marston Vale Train Line service on a Sunday. You will have to change at either Bedford or Bletchley to catch the local train (this is accessible from either London Kings Cross or London Euston as well as the Midlands). Bletchley Station is approximately 4 miles ride from the Bow Brickhill side of Woburn Trails.
Please see National Rail for more info and train times/costs and see Marston Vale Community Rail for details of the local trains to Woburn Trails.
Can you recommend accommodation?
The following B&B's all have secure facilities for the safe storage of bikes
Local to Woburn Sands;
The Strawberry Farm Salford Road, Aspley Guise Village
South Lodge B&B; Cross End, Wavendon Village
The Granary Brogborough Village, 1 mile from J13, M1
Milton Keynes Youth Hostel, Vicarage Road, Milton Keynes
Local to Harlestone Firs;
Highgate House Creaton, Northants - special rate £55 single or £80 double room B&B; - please quote "Get Mountain Biking" when booking.
Heyford Guesthouse Nether Heyford Village, Northants
Local to Otley Chevin;
Haworth Youth Hostel
Please note that Get Mountain Biking cannot be held responsible for external links, information or the quality of the accommodation provided.