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That shiny new bike stood in your hallway is designed for one thing and one thing only – bombing down rocky trails and effortlessly getting you back to the top for the next one! Let us help you to get on your bike with one of these MTB skills courses …
The Peak District National Park is famed among cyclists for having some of the most spectacular mountain biking in the UK. Will4Adventure’s mountain biking courses aim to open up the area to anyone wishing to begin mountain biking or improve their existing MTB skills. Using highly experienced, knowledgeable local guides, our mountain biking courses are designed to teach and develop for you some new skills and to show you some cracking good rides to boot! .
This is a fun and progressive session completely aimed at your riding needs. For those of you looking for a tailored session focusing exactly on your own individual needs, these half-day and full day sessions will be perfect. Come and talk us to us about what you want to get from your time with us, what is it you want to achieve and we’ll focus a session on exactly that at an appropriate venue. For you to get the most from these sessions, we recommend that these are booked by individuals or pairs.
Ideal for beginners new to mountain biking, this course introduces you to the fundamentals of cycling off-road. The day will incorporate a ride of a moderate distance taking in some classic Peak District mountain biking trails covering these objectives:
Off road ride of around 15 miles
Looking at how to check the mechanical safety of your bike
Bike adjustment for most efficient riding position
Correct riding position for ascent and descent
Braking and weight distribution
Cornering with confidence
Control on steep descents
Location: Peak District National Park Price: fixed cost £180 (up to a maximum 6 riders – let us know if you have a larger group size)
Navigation is a black art for most people: add to the equation speed and a bit of fast down-hill adrenalin and before you know it you’re well and truly lost. Improve your route finding and map skills on one of our mountain bike navigation skills days …
Planning a route using maps and guidebooks and with consideration for the weather
Introduction to different map scales
How to set the map
Know how and when to use different navigational strategies – handrails, collecting features, catching features, timing
Speed / distance / time considerations
Develop an eye for contours, match major landforms like hills and valleys to their map representation
Orienting the map to the ground
Using a compass to orientate the map to the ground
How to re-orientate yourself if you do get lost
Emergency procedures in case of an incident
A look at use of smart phone for GPS
Location: Peak District National Park Price: fixed cost £160 (up to a maximum 4 riders – let us know if you have a larger group size)
Essential life saving courses for remote areas. Our two day Outdoor First Aid course is designed for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts with a heavy emphasis on the sorts of injuries and scenarios that you as a mountain biker could face.
Location: Peak District National Park – Youlegreave (weekend courses) Sheffield (week day courses)
Price: £136 Note discounts for early bookings: 8+ weeks get 20% off: £109 6+ weeks get 15% off: £116 4+ weeks get 10% off: £122
Course fee includes first aid manual and first aid certificate valid for three years.
Interactive hands on practical training indoors and out
Use of recommended first aid kit
Easy to follow individual course booklet
An accredited, recognised certificate valid for 3 years
We’ve listed here a few places that offer higher spec mountain bikes for hire. Typically you can expect to pay around £35 per day for hiring a decent bike from these places. For families looking to do a circuit of the reservoirs, lower spec bicycles will be perfect and cost closer to £20 for the day.