There are many advantages to mountain biking, one of the biggest being that it is a truly year-round sport. We are out on our bikes every month of the year, in every sort of weather. From our base in Dumfries and Galloway we are ideally situated to take advantage of the Seven Stanes mountain bike trails; four of which lie less than an hour's drive from our front door.

There are dozens of kilometers of marked trail which are easy to follow, and we can show you dozens more that you have to be local to have a hope of finding. Whether you are new to mountain biking or an improving rider a Fells & Forest course could change your riding forever.

 We believe that it's never too late to learn new tricks or master old ones that have been eluding you for years. Our coaching days are put together for you, according to your needs and riding style. We look at the important areas of bike riding (bike set up, confidence, body position, braking and corners) and then put it all together. The improvements we see (and film) are astounding.

 

 

 

Skills Courses

Green 2 Blue:

The course gives the novice or under confident mountain biker the skills to ride single track trails.

This one day course covers: ballance and control, braking, basic cornering, ascent and decent and basic bike set up and mountain biking clothing and equipment.

Pre requisites: A mountain bike, an ability to ride on the road or wide forest trails and the ability not to take your self too seriously

The ratio is 1:4 and the cost is £200 or £50/person (based on four people in a group)

Blue 2 Red:

Taking a pedal stroke further,  this course builds on the skills of the Green 2 Blue course and looks at the technical terrain found on red grade trails.

This one day course covers cornering, weighting and un-weighting the bike, roll overs and drop offs, technical ascent and decent, bike set up and equipment

Pre requisites: A mountain bike, reasonable level of fitness, ability to ride blue grade trail comfortably

The ratio is 1:4 and the cost is £200 or £50/person (based on four people in a group)

Red 2 Black

Aimed at confident riders who want to improve their riding and master black grade trail

This one day course covers steep corners, roots, rocks, jumps, hucks and drops, braking and where not to brake along with bike set up and equipment

Pre requisites: A mountain bike, reasonable level of fitness, ability to ride red grade trail comfortably

The ratio is 1:4 and the cost is £200 or £50/person (based on four people in a group)

 


Guiding

Guided riding simply takes the pressure off your day; leaving you relaxed to ride while we take care of route choice, repairs and even the first aid (we all fall off at some point). Guided riding also gives us the opportunity to show you some of our favorite stretches of trail that you would probably never find otherwise.

We love these days, and find that our customers love them too. Guide / client ratio 1:6 (max) The cost, for up to six people £180 / day.

British Cycling Mountain Bike Leadership Level 2 courses are run by Fells & Forest on behalf of British Cycling, the award replaces the TCL and is the most widely respected mountain bike award in the UK, recognized by all bodies as the definitive standard for mountain bike leaders and instructors working in non remote terrain.

Training (£175pp)

The Fells & Forest training course follows the syllabus laid down by British Cycling but adds 30 years of experience of outdoor delivery. Our aim is to train leaders and instructors to deliver dynamic and inspiring mountain bike sessions for beginners and intermediate level riders. Over the years we’ve seen most things and we want to pass on what we’ve learned.

"We have a bit of “mantra” that outdoor instruction should be "inspired and not insipid". Throughout the two day training course the syllabus is interspersed with “top tips” and “handy hints” that enable the candidate to fulfill their potential as a leader and instructor.

Assessment (£95pp)

An assessment should be fair, balanced and present good opportunities for learning. All candidates should present themselves for assessment having studied the syllabus, completed at least ten rides of varying length and at varying locations, and having worked through any areas highlighted in their individual “action plan”.

The assessor will expect the candidate to turn up with the appropriate equipment for leading a group in an unfamiliar area and with a bike that is in good working order. Some maps will be provided by Fells & Forest, but candidates should come prepared with the appropriate trail map (if appropriate) and a copy/tile of the OS 1;50,000 map for the area of assessment.

Assessments come with enough stresses and strains of their own with out the assessor adding to them unnecessarily. Although each candidate will be asked to lead at various times during the day and to perform various tasks pertaining to the role of a Level 2 Leader, there will be no tricks or role play to catch people out.

It is quite possible that your assessment will be an enjoyable experience that comes with some great opportunities for further training. It’s also possible that each candidate will go away as a better instructor and leader.

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/coaching/article/leaderst-Level-2-Mountain-Bike-Leadership-Award-0

Our next assessments are:  

26th August and 24th October - Dalbeattie.

Our next Level 2 Training courses are:

April 19th - 20th

May 3rd - 4th

June 3rd - 4th

August 5th - 6th

October 22nd - 23rd - all training and assessment courses are based in Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway