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"!


"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.
- 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
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
Sunday 15th March
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.