Skills courses in the North – any recommendations?
Just inside you’re range and in wales.Ally qualified in 3rd at the Ae Enduro downhill yesterday so ain’t too shabby.Posted 6 years ago
Hummmm…..10 weeks until Ed’s girly drops and jumps course! That would be perfect – and very handy for friends in Kirby Longsdale! I’m going to have a think whether I will be up to strenght by then! Im working hard on my recovery and I havent ridden since the snow in November so I damn well hope so!Posted 6 years agoTreksterSubscriber
All get good refs.
but its my jumps and drops that really let me down; partially as however hard the other half tries to teach me, I cant wheelie/manual!
Niether can I and it has not held me back or been an issue for more than 20 odd yrs of riding 😳Posted 6 years ago
Just get out and ride, enjoy for a while rather than potentially injuring yourself again 🙄
I am struggling with a dodgy knee and a few other aches and pains which come with old age + injuries and have enough trouble standing up on the pedals without considering whether I can even contemplate a jump etc 🙄
Will not stop me doing the Walna Scar next sat though, seated and wheels on ground 😆
Will not stop me doing the Walna Scar next sat though, seated and wheels on ground
Couldnt agree more…got to the end, with my bottom firmly planted on the saddle and a big smile!
Me on my old Trek a couple of years ago on Walna Scar Road!
Just get out and ride, enjoy for a while rather than potentially injuring yourself again
Yes, this is the most important thing!
Thanks for the links though. Dirt school is relatively near my grandparents and have considered that one in the past.Posted 6 years ago
I have been off the bike since the start of December with a dislocated, fractured and chipped knee cap caused by a short dabble in downhill skiing! In my boredum I have watched hours of bike videos, bought a Nicolai Helius CC and done much physio! This is slowly paying off and I am now on a mission to loose the injury belly so that in a couple of months I can hopefully be back to singletrack! My other half had bought me a session at the snowdome for a birthday present, but I am a bit off snow at the moment so he suggested maybe I should swap it for a bike skills day when I am back up to fitness and with a few good rides under my belt.
I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions of where to go? When I do ride, I am relatively comfortabe on red trails and will give the black routes a go, but its my jumps and drops that really let me down; partially as however hard the other half tries to teach me, I cant wheelie/manual! I see that Tony @ UK Bike Skills is highly recommended and that might be an option (bit of a drive from Newcastle, but sounds like it might be worth it. Also, the other half comfortably rides black, so I would need to see if I could twist the arm of a mate who lives in Wales to come with me to keep the cost down a bit). However, I was wondering if anyone recommended anywhere else, within about 2-3 hours of Newcastle. Anyone any experience of the courses at Glentress? I am pretty open to suggestions – dosen’t have to be girls only, but that might be a bit less scary!
CheersPosted 6 years agoTreksterSubscriber
Me on my old Trek a couple of years ago on Walna Scar Road!
That Trek = cheating 🙄Posted 6 years ago
I will be on my Blue Pig 😉 Will post a pic if I can find my camera which seems to have gone awol ❗
I would suggest doing your course with as few people as possible. Did one recently with 14 riders and it is way too many to gain much from 🙄 We had a laugh tho 😆brooessMember
Based in the Lakes. I had a bad couple of falls a few years ago from not having jumps and drops skills and my confidence needed sorting out too. A couple of days with Rich and I was dropping off 2-footers and generally flowing better than I ever had before.Posted 6 years ago
Not well known on here but highly recommendedgeordiemick00Member
I hired Ed Oxley to do one on one training with me at Lee Quarry in March, was awesome day and I’m pleased I paid slightly more than I would to be part of a ‘class’ training course. I had specific elements I wanted to learn and Ed put them across flawlessly and being in an environment where we weren’t pushed for time to get everyone to ‘tick the box’ to say that a certain element/discipline/task had been completed.
I’d be interested in doing some again and if anyone is interested in sharing the cost of hiring Ed for the day then email me (address in my profile), it’s money well spent.Posted 6 years ago
Wow, thanks all – as ever the stw massive comes up trumps with loads of great suggestions. I am tempted by one2one training as I find myself wanting bits of each course I have read about! Anyway, loads of things to look up and aim for as my strength builds back up – a nice little plan on the horizon helps the physio – at the moment its the thought of actually being about to ride my Nicolai. Even if I cant do a skills course this year, I certainly will next.Posted 6 years agoCheeky MonkeyMember
Did a day with Joe and Alex from Pro Ride Guides two weeks ago at Gisburn. Search YouTube for their latest video.
Excellent riders but more importantly great teachers. Good pace, lots of attention, good focus on us to deal with the bits we were / weren’t getting, broke things down into elements where necessary and drilled each to bring things together. Just all round a great experience.
Join SingletrAction and they’ll give you 15% off, which is very nearly a saving equivalent to our subs. Then you’ve supported local trail building without spending anything extra (plus umpteen other discounts).Posted 6 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
Not been to the other guys but I went to Ed last winter and had a great time. Really enjoyable day and I don’t hesitate to recommend him. He’s out with us this summer but that all came about after my visit to him so the review on my site is completely unbiased.Posted 6 years agopaul1976Member
I recently had a day coaching with Joe from Pro Ride Guides at Stainburn after seeing their video on Pinkbike. The day was absolutely awesome; lots of information broken down well, nice simple terms to remember, and pitched at a level that really pushed me as a rider, giving me the confidence to become a better rider. I can safely say from that day I went from what I would determine an ‘average’ rider to a ‘good’ rider which is an amazing improvement. I can now ride trails with a lot more confidence, speed, and skill!!
If you are looking for the next level in your riding and you’re finding hard to reach, I would really recommend a day with Pro Ride Guides….. probably the best use of my money since I have been biking!!
PaulPosted 6 years agojonnyg76Member
My mate and I had a days instruction with Joe from Pro Ride Guides on Monday past. It was a minging day weather wise but it didn’t matter and we had a great day. Joe was great all day and we both felt that we really improved from the day. I genuinely feel that we are better riders now with a lot more confidence and we can progress even further – all thanks to Joe and Pro Ride Guides who I cannot recommend highly enough. Brilliant. JonnyPosted 6 years ago
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