Core Skills - Back To Basics

One of our most popular courses and the 4 most important skills you can ever learn when it comes to Mountain Biking. Become a better rider, bursting with confidence, new techniques and the control to handle the most difficult of terrain with ease. Many of our very experienced Leadership Course candidates have commented on the fact that they would have benefited immensely from learning these skills when they first started mountain biking, so why not join us and go back to basics to move your biking forwards.


Testimonials

"Hi All, Just a quick e-mail to say how much I enjoyed the one-day core skills course I did with you on Sunday; the whole day was a great experience and the mix of training, trail riding and general fun was perfect. Dave was an excellent instructor and his relaxed style really gave everyone a lot of confidence.  All the other instructors and staff I met were great too; everyone was really professional and friendly.
If you ever need a testimonial regarding the course, I’d be more than happy to provide one. I’ll be booking the intermediate course when I’ve polished up my new skills a bit more"! (Rob)

"To Rich and Dave, Huge thanks for giving my hubby and our friends a great weekend, and showing them that they perhaps didn't know it all! Mike was buzzing when he got back and is keen to come back and do more. You've got a great set up there, and your tutoring is second to none. Just a shame I couldn't join them! We now have trackstand practice and wheel lift drills scheduled in for this weekend in our back lane! No doubt we will be up again soon.
Thanks again" (Alli)

Hi there, I thought I'd like to say a big thank you to Rich for a brilliant, informative and exciting course, last weekend. Tony, Paul and I all gained so much and had such a good time - way beyond our expectations. My confidence has been boosted so far and my ability has correspondingly increased too. Just need a new bike now! Thanks also to all the guys in the shop - what a great bunch, helpful and humerous too! We had a great day on the South and North side runs on the Monday and then did a great circuit recommended by Rich, in the Grizedale area on the Tuesday, prior to a long slog home on the M6. Keep up the good work, and we'll be back! (Steve)


So what are the Core Skills ?

Weight shift and the cone of movement- If you don't move you will fall off, this is where riding starts.
Trackstands
- The ability to balance, the most important skill to learn when it comes to riding a mountain bike.
Manual front wheel lifts
- The ability to lift the front wheel over an obstacle using body position and weight shift.
Power assisted front wheel lifts
- The ability to lift the front wheel at slow speed over an obstacle whilst climbing.
Rear wheel lifts
- The ability to lift the rear wheel over an obstacle.
As well as the 4 core skills, we give you a thorough breakdown and understanding of Climbing, Descending and Braking.

Mountain Bike Course Cyclewise

2 Day Core Skills Course

Our Core Skills course has been introduced with both beginners and more experienced rider in mind. The course concentrates on the technically correct way to perform the core skills required to become a more competent and confident rider. Our Cyclewise Core Skills is also an ideal course for those mountain bikers who may be looking at completing one of our British Cycling Leadership awards in the future but are not sure about their own personal skills. We also run Ladies Only Skills Courses.

Once you have got to grips with the techniques you will be given the opportunity to transfer these skills to the trail on day 2 under the guidance of our expert coaches. Using video feedback we will show you where you are going wrong and right and show you how much more you can get from your biking with these skills in place.

Instructor Ratio: 1:6 max
Course Cost
: £145
Course Venue:
Whinlatter

All the course information will be sent to you via e-mail once we have received your online booking form. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the course, we will be very happy to help.


Core Skills Dates 2015-16 Availability
Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th September
Full
Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th October
4 Places
Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th November
5 Places
Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th February
6 places
Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th March
6 Places

Please click here to make a booking

 

1 Day Core Skills Course

This course is for those beginners who would just like to come along and learn the Core Skills techniques and feel they would not manage the 2 day course.

Instructor Ratio: 1:6 max
Course Cost:
£80
Course Venue:
Whinlatter

1 Day Core Skills Dates 2015-16
Availability
Sunday 27th September 6 Places
Sunday 8th November 6 Places
Saturday 27th February 6 Places
Saturday 2nd April 6 Places
More Dates Coming soon

Please click here to make a booking

When you come along on a Cyclewise course you will be given a voucher that entitles you to 10% off shop purchases for the duration of your course and 10% off your next course booking. (excludes British Cycling Leadership Assessments)

All the course information will be sent to you via e-mail once we have received your online booking form. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our courses, we will be very happy to help.

 
Intermediate Skills

 

This course is aimed at those riders who are already competent in the four Core Skills and are ready to take their mountain biking to the next level. Using video feedback and analysis, we will teach you to skim the rough stuff, ride drops like they don't exist, rail berms and clear obstacles using our purpose-built coaching trail.

Testimonials

"Hi All, I just wanted to thank you for a great course on Saturday, Graham is a very inspiring coach and I feel my riding has improved even further (i attended your Core skills course last year). I have now gone away with lots to practice but i just wanted to say thanks for to the whole Cyclewise team. The guys in the shop also gave me some great advice and I will certainly be back. Thanks again", (Mark)

Hi Cyclewise, I would like to pass on my thanks to Graham for the instruction i recently received. He was able to show us the techniques and then coach them to us in a manner that was very professional but also fun. He was very patient with us all and nothing was too much trouble. I will be back for some 1:1 coaching once i have had chance to do my homework! Thanks again (Stuart)

"We attended the imtermediate skills course on April10 and Graham was a fantastic instructor providing us with new skills to improve our riding capabilities. Despite my tumble which required a visit to the hospital at the end of the course for a few stitches and a tetanus jab our riding skills and confidence continue to improve. We will be back for some more tuition. Can you pass on our belated appreciation to Graham and we look forward to more training with Cyclewise. (John)


Intermediate Skills Course CyclewiseWhile not a requirement, we recommend that you have either completed our Core Skills or Leadership course before coming along on the Intermediate Skills course. If you have not completed either of these courses but feel you have the necessary skill level, please do get in touch to discuss your experience. (Please see our skills video showing the core techniques you should be able to perform before joining us on an Intermediate Course)

What are the Intermediate Skills?

Bunny Hops - The ability to hop the bike over an obstacle in a controlled manner.
Step Overs - The ability to independently lift each wheel over an obstacle.
Step Ups - The ability to ride along and step the bike up on to a section of trail.
Drop Offs - The ability to ride of a small drop in a controlled manner using body position.

All these skills are extremely useful on both man-made or natural trails. Wherever you tend to ride, you will instantly see the difference these techniques make to your riding and the things you can attempt while out on the trail. We will be using video feedback so you can admire yourself when you nail the best drop off, bunny hop of your life! This course will take you out of your comfort zone and beyond, giving you the confidence and ability to attempt moves and terrain you would never have attempted before without a trip to the local A&E!

During the course, we will take you on some great routes where you will be able to use your new skills to the max.

Instructor Ratio: 1:6 max
Course Cost
: £80
Course Venue:
Whinlatter Forest Park

 

Intermediate Skills Course Dates 2015-16
Availability
Saturday 12th September 6 Places
Saturday 31st October 6 Places
Saturday 5th March 6 Places
More dates coming soon

Please click here to make a booking

When you come along on a Cyclewise course you will be given a voucher that entitles you to 10% off shop purchases for the duration of your course and 10% off your next course booking (excludes British Cycling Leadership Assessments)

All the course information will be sent to you via e-mail once we have received your online booking form. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the course, we will be very happy to help.

 
Women's Skills

Why a women-only course? From past experience on our skills courses, we have found some women prefer to learn in a more 'supportive' all-girl environment. Read more for further information about our testosterone-free courses!

Although it is nice to have the 'support' of a partner or friend, sometimes it is good to have the opportunity to learn at your own pace with someone who is not resenting the fact that they could have been somewhere else, with their mates, having what they would refer to as a "proper ride"!


Testimonials

"Please can you say thank you to Nick for the great weekend course, He is a fantastic teacher and very patient, although I have been riding for years I found the course has put everything into place now, I just need to practice.!!!!!!
Thank you Nick and to all @ Cyclewise" (Chantal)


"Hi Rich, I thought I'd drop you a line having had a little time to think about the course and what we did. Since the course, I've been up to some short local red trails, and tackled almost everything with confidence,and now looking forward to taking it further - much to the amazement of my husband. The difference being that I now know that actually I can do it, and having managed the 'chute', feel confident to take on most things.
I'm able to chat to people about what we did, what we learnt, and approach the obstacles with more reason, which is great.
So thanks to you all, for a fabulous weekend, I would very much like to come back for the next one, and Mike feels he has all my birthday and Christmas presents sorted for the time being"! (Allison)

Womens Skills Course Cyclewise


Women's Level 1 Core Skills

Learning from the experiences of our own partners, we have come up with a Core Skills course designed to give a female rider the chance to come along and learn without the pressure they can sometimes find themselves under from a more confident / able riding partner. So what are the Core Skills ?

Weight shift and the cone of movement - If you don't move, you will fall off, this is where riding starts.
Trackstands
- The ability to balance, the most important skill to learn when it comes to riding a mountain bike.
Manual front wheel lifts
- The ability to lift the front wheel over an obstacle using body position and weight shift.
Power-assisted front wheel lifts
- The ability to lift the front wheel at slow speed over an obstacle whilst climbing.
Rear wheel lifts
- The ability to lift the rear wheel over an obstacle.

As well as the 4 core skills, we give you a thorough breakdown and understanding of Climbing, Descending and Braking.

Once you have got to grips with the techniques, you will be given the opportunity to transfer these skills to the trail on day 2 under the guidance of our expert coaches. Using video feedback, we will show you where you are going wrong and right and show you how much more you can get from your biking with these skills in place. You are guaranteed a great time and will leave bursting with confidence, new techniques and the ability to tackle obstacles and terrain you never thought you would. You may even be able to show those back at home a trick or two!

Instructor Ratio: 1:6 max
Course Cost
: £145 for 2 days
Course Venue: Whinlatter Forest Park

Women's Core Skills Dates 2015-16
Availability
Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th September
6 Places
Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th October
5 Places
Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd November
6 Places
Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st February
6 places
Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th March
6 places

Please click here to make a Women's Skills booking

 

Women's Level 2 Intermediate Skills

This course is designed for those ladies who have already completed a Women's / Core Skills Course or Leadership course who wish to progress their riding to the next level in a totally female learning environment. No testosterone!, no bravado! just great support and encouragement.

So what are the Level 2 Skills ?
Bunny Hops - The ability to hop the bike over an obstacle in a controlled manner.
Drop Offs - The ability to ride off a drop in a controlled manner using the correct body position for take off and landing.
Bigger Berms - The ability to ride bigger, steeper and faster berms without scaring yourself silly!! (eg Altura North Loop Berms!!)
Technically Challenging Terrain - Be it natural or graded a hard red or even black, we will give you the knowledge, confidence and power to achieve this next level.

Instructor Ratio: 1:6 Max
Course Cost: £80 for 1 day
Course Venue: Whinlatter Forest Park

Women's Level 2 Skills Dates 2015- 16
Availability
Sunday 15th March
Full
Saturday 6th June Full
More dates coming soon

If you have not completed a Women's Skills / Core Skills or British Cycling Leadership course but feel you have the necessary ability to go straight on to the Intermediate Course, please do contact us so that we can discuss your experience and make sure this is the correct course for you.

Please click here to make a Women's Intermediate Skills booking

When you come along on a Cyclewise Course, you will be given a voucher that entitles you to 10% off shop purchases for the duration of your course and 10% off your next course booking (excludes British Cycling Leadership Assessments)

All course information will be sent to you via e-mail once we have received your online booking form. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about any of our courses, we will be very happy to help.

 
Maintenance Courses

Delivered from our classroom at Whinlatter, we aim to save you money by showing you just how easy bike maintenance really is. We offer 2 different courses to suit all abilities and requirements. Whether you just want to learn the basics or build on the knowledge you already have, we have a course for you. Why pay a bike shop to do a simple job that you could be able to do yourself? You do not need to have a great knowledge of bike maintenance to complete many repairs and you could save yourself a lot of time and money in the long run. We will take you through each process step by step with lots of opportunities to ask questions along the way. So why not come along and see how easy it really is.

Testimonials

"Just a quick message to say thanks for the excellent course I attended this weekend.
The tutor was knowledgeable and patient and gave great instruction without being condescending in any way. The course has given me the confidence to complete far more in the way of d.i.y maintenance than I would have attempted before and I will not hesitate to recommend the course to others. Thanks again. (Alan)

"The course delivered exactly what was advertised, we stripped and re-built our own bikes, we had the use of a good bike stand and a full set of decent tools, the task was divided in small steps and made as simple as possible. Support, encouragement or help as and when needed was constantly available. Craig managed to remove any sense of intimidation from the whole process, a credit to his enthusiasm and quiet expertise which seems to be a hallmark of Cyclewise tuition! I enjoyed the course more and I felt much more comfortable throughout than expected. I was somewhat apprehensive about bringing an old road bike in a mountain bike environment but needn’t have worried"! (Caroline)


1 Day Beginners Course

Our 1 Day Beginners Course is aimed at those people who have very little or no knowledge at all of bike maintenance. We will take through the basics step by step giving you the knowledge and confidence to tackle those jobs you know you really should be able to do! This course will show you just how easy it is to keep your bike in good working order and also give you lots of great little tips to get you home safely should anything go wrong while you are out and about.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the course, we will be very happy to help.

The course will cover the following areas:
Punctures - Gears - Brakes - Chains - Cable Replacement - Headsets - Bottom Brackets

Course Cost: £80 to include use of all our tools and lots of free tea / coffee & biscuits. (over 18's only)
Course Venue:
Whinlatter Forest Park

1 Day Beginners Course Dates 2015/2016
Availability
Saturday 17th October 3 Places
Saturday 7th November 6 Places
Saturday 13th February 6 Places
More dates coming soon

More dates coming soon

Please click here to make a booking


2 Day Strip & Build Course

Maintenance Course CyclewiseThe Strip & Build Course is designed for those of you who already have a little experience of bike maintenance but would like to increase that knowledge further and save yourself a hefty bill at the bike shop at the same time. We will show you just how easy it is to fix many problems or up-grade a component, saving you both time and money in the long run.

Day 1 All bikes will be given a thorough cleaning then you will begin to strip your own bike down to the frame. With your bike on a workstand and your own set of tools we will show you how to remove all the components piece by piece. True wheels and service a hub, once your bike is completely stripped we have the specialist tools to face your bike ready for the re-build on day 2.
Day 2
With your frame on the stand you will begin to build up your bike, servicing each component as it goes on. Bikes will then be set up correctly for your riding style, for your short test ride.

Course cost: The cost of this course is £145 and this includes the use of our specialist tools and a full set of gear and brake cables. If your bike requires new parts this will be an additional cost. If you know of any particular problems or you would like to upgrade a certain component please feel free to bring the parts required along with you or contact our shop on 017687-78711 to order the required parts. Lots of free tea / coffee & biscuits are also provided. (Over 18's only)
Course Venue: Whinlatter Forest Park

All the course information will be sent to you via e-mail once we have received your online booking form. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the course, we will be very happy to help.

Strip & Build Course Dates 2015/2016

Availability
Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th August
1 Place
Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th September
Full
Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th October
Full
Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd November
2 Places
Saturday 30th Sunday 31st January
6 Places
Saturday 20th Sunday 21st February
6 places
Monday 28th Tuesday 29th March
6 Places
Saturday 9th Sunday 10th April
6 Places
More dates coming soon 6 Places

Please click here to make a booking

When you come along on a Cyclewise course you will be given a voucher that entitles you to 10% off shop purchases for the duration of your course and 10% off your next course booking. (excludes British Cycling Leadership Assessments)

We can run Maintenance Courses on request for your organisation or centre (we can change the course to meet your specific requirements). Please contact us for more information.

All the course information will be sent to you via e-mail once we have received your online booking form. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our courses, we will be very happy to help.

 
Private Coaching

At Cyclewise we can offer Private Bespoke Coaching for groups or individuals of all ages (under 18's must be accompanied by an adult)

The option of Private Coaching gives our clients the chance to come along and have a coach at their disposal for a full day. Upon booking we will ask you what you would like to get out of the coaching session and find out a little about your previous experiences so that we can tailor the course to meet your specific requirements.

"Would like to say a massive thank you to Cyclewise and especially to Graham for a fantastic days training yesterday. Jo and I had a brilliant day, we learnt so much which will be used to make our cycling better in the future and Graham's manner and style were superb, the course was flexible and totally tailored to our needs and adapted to suit as the day went on, we were never rushed and nothing was a problem. The other staff we came into contact with during the day were all polite, helpful and very friendly, and again happy to answer any questions.
We will not hesitate in recommending Cyclewise to anyone" (Gordon & Jo)


"Just thought id drop you a line to say a big thank you for yesterday. Graham was absolutely brilliant and in my opinion a great asset to your company.
I had possibly the most enjoyable day ive ever had on a bike! He was professional, knowledgeable and above all, FUN!
Please pass on my sincere thanks to him, and to Cyclewise for giving me some much welcomed knowledge and confidence. But above all a great day to remember"! (Wiiliam)


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Family / Group Skills

The team at Cyclewise are dedicated to promoting cycling for all. Our Family / Group Skills sessions are aimed at all members of the family from age 8 to 80! and are available to book during the school holidays. These 3-hour-long private sessions for up to six will cater for your individual group's needs. Our coaches/tutors will be able to show you techniques to keep you riding and smiling with the emphasis being on fun for all the family.

"Dear Sue, my nephew and I had some training from you earlier this year.  Please could you pass on my thanks to Nick - since the course my descending has been much more confident, I've ridden local trails that I've never managed before and have just come back from 2 weeks in the alps where I rode (for me) some really technical trails. I am recommending your courses to all my friends!
Thanks again" (Sarah)

Just a quick thank you for today to Dave.  Both Val and Milly had a great day today on the family skills course.
Cheers again (Jason)

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Pump And Jump

Using our own purpose-built 'Cyclewise Coaching Trail', we will get you Pumping and Jumping like never before. This course is not for the faint-hearted and will be an adrenaline-pumping day to remember. We definitely recommend that you have attended a Core Skills or Leadership course as a prerequisite.

For many riders it seems that it is good luck rather than good judgment that is keeping you from doing yourself some real damage whilst riding table tops and doubles. We can help in two ways, great coaching & feedback.

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Mega Avalanche and Alpine Riding Training

This 2 day course is aimed at those riders heading off to the Alps this summer, particularly those competing in the Mega Avalanche race in the Alp D'Huez.

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