Childrens Mountain Biking

We offer a variety of courses and rides to get children 8 years upwards riding off road.

Mountain Bike Courses

Our Childrens mountain bike days cover the course structure of our Introductory mountain bike skills courses but in an environment more suitable for children with more fun and games involved. The course is very similar to the Fundamentals and Core Skills Courses but tailored to the groups abilities. We have also assessed riders for their GCSE PE in Mountain Biking and also run an Afterschool MTB Club at Harlestone Firs, Northants - please contact us for more info. The following modules are covered during the day.

children mountain biking skills course

Level 1a Rider (Prerequisites - can ride on the road but has never ridden off road, ability to ride out the saddle an advantage, just enthusiasm to ride a bike required!)

- Correct bike set up
- rider positioning
- Uphill positioning and gears
- Downhill positioning
- Lots of games and practice to give off road balance and confidence

Level 1b Rider (Prerequisites - can ride out the saddle or has some mountain biking riding experience but limited or no technique)

- Correct bike set up
- rider positioning
- Singletrack riding
- Going uphill
- Getting downhill
- Balance techniques to improve your riding

Level 1c Rider (Prerequisites - has mountain bike experience, knowledge of hill techniques, possibly from a previous course, confident over bumps off road)

- Correct bike set up
- rider positioning
- Cornering
- Drops offs
- Front wheel lifts and bunnyhops

Ages

The days cater for ages from 8 years to 14 years (ages outside this range could be taken but please coentact us to check first).

Cost

Cost: £20 per child (includes all instruction, permit to ride).

Location

Childrens courses run at Rushmere Park which is between Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes.

2015 Dates

The next courses scheduled are running on the following dates:

5th August 10am-12pm - Level 1a - Novice Rider - places available

5th August 1pm-3pm - Level 1b - Novice Rider - places available

You do not need not accompany your child on these courses but you will need to supply them with a drink, suitable mountain bike (with off-road tyres) and warm clothing.

Summer School MTB Week

We are also running a Summer School for children, week commencing 10th August, Monday - Friday 10am till 12pm at Harlestone Firs.

This will cover all essesntial MTB skills as well as some riding and races.

Cost is £35 and places limited to 12 riders

Booking is online so please reserve your place now

Downhill MTB riding in Northamptonshire

School Mountain Biking

We can offer guided rides fully risk assessed and insured with a qualified first aider to accompany you on rides around local reservoirs such as Pitsford Reservoir (Northamptonshire), Stanwick Lakes (Northamptonshire) and Willen lake (Milton Keynes). These rides suitable for riders from 8 years upwards. We would suggest that you use a place that can also offer bike hire onsite as this can considerably add to the cost. For 30 children a 2 hour ride with a guide (including bike hire and helmets - teachers are free!) is usually £270. All paperwork and risk assessments are available on booking, please contact us for more information.

Instructors

All instructors are DBS checked and fully insured with copies of paperwork available on request. As these courses are children specific there is no need for them to be accompanied by you on the day however they will need to be collected at the end of the course by a responsible adult.

We run a ratio of 1 adult to 6 riders and a maximum of 12 riders in total (2 instructors), this ensures quality instruction and time spent with each child.

Booking

Booking can be made online or reserved online and a cheque sent in to us. Once we have received payment we will email out the precourse information to you which details where to meet and what your child will need with them for the day.

Reserve a place and make your booking now!

""It was really fun. I learnt new skills and am now much more confident on my bike. I can't wait to get out on it again!"" Frankie (Age 11)

"The mountain biking course was great fun despite the cold weather and mud! I learnt lots of skills that I can take away with me and it was definitely worth coming along" Eleanor (Age 11)



If you have any queries on the course or whether it is suitable for you please see our FAQs or contact us