Our Fundamental Skills of Mountain Biking program is a skill-based system of learning that includes lessons on (body) position & balance, operation of controls, terrain awareness, direction control, pressure control, and timing & coordination.
Picture a race car. We can break it down into many different components like the engine, wheels, suspension, chassis, exhaust etc. All are needed for the car to work, but you can isolate one component, improve it, and the whole car will be quicker. It’s the same with the skills of mountain biking. If you highlight one skill, develop it, then the rider’s overall ability will improve, in a variety of situations.
Position & Balance is a fundamental skill required for riding a bike. Without being stable on the bike, a rider is
constantly moving (balancing) to regain their stability, and therefore control, over the the bike. If a rider is not stable and
unable to balance, controlling the bike is much more difficult.
Operation of Controls is the other fundamental skill to mountain biking. It is learning how to operate the controls of the bike; the gears, brakes, and sometimes a dropper seatpost. It is also a skill that can constantly be refined to help even the most experienced riders improve their riding efficiency, performance and control.
Terrain Awareness is an observational & tactical skill. By collecting information about the trail, a rider can be more aware of the terrain ahead and make better decisions, such as line choice, or to ride around the rock, or over it.
Direction Control is a bio-mechanical skill, using the body to move the bike so the rider can control their direction. These movements can be used to maintain direction, change direction, or to corner the bike. As such, a rider uses this skill in many situations outside of cornering, such as negotiating technical terrain or riding across off-camber sections.
Pressure Control is another bio-mechanical skill, using the arms and legs either as suspension to smooth out the trail, or to actively push and pull on the bike to gain better control, traction or speed. It is very much a “sensory” skill, as the rider needs to “feel” the terrain by reacting to the pressure changes they feel through their hands and feet, as they ride.
Timing & Coordination is both a tactical skill and a bio-mechanical skill - it involves choosing when
or how to apply certain skills, while also moving the body at different speeds and effectively coordinating different movements, to produce the desired result. Timing & Coordination is the key to further developing the other skills individually, as well as bringing them
together for more efficient, consistent riding.
Are you new to mountain biking and seeking to gain the most enjoyment from the sport?
Or, perhaps you have a group of friends or family members that all want to become better riders?
We offer coaching for:
All lessons are approx. 2 hours in duration.
Our instructors are PMBIA accredited, have a current First Aid credential, and have a Blue Card.
Enrol in our Fundamental Skills of Mountain Biking program, or we can design a lesson to target a specific skill, and you can learn and develop the skills that will maximise your enjoyment of mountain biking.
Book a lesson for yourself, your family, friends, school, office, or child.