Kids MTB Coaching

Due to demand, our offering for the younger ripper is ever increasing.  The information below will give you an overview of our offering to help you decide which session is suitable.  If none of the below is suitable or not on the dates that you want then why not book some private coaching for your little ripper?  These sessions will be bespoke to your child(ren) and will develop their skills/techniques at a pace and level that is suited to them.

Holiday Sessions

These sessions are delivered on a Wednesday every school holiday and are open to children aged 5-11.  These three-hour sessions offer MTB coaching, so a child should already be able to ride their bike proficiently, know how to get on and off their bike and brake safely.

There are 2 levels of coaching – Beginner and Intermediate

  • Beginner level is for children who are new to mountain biking, they learn how to corner, where and when to brake, ride singletrack and tackle easy features
  • Intermediate level is for children who can ride a blue graded mountain bike trail like Verderers at the Forest of Dean, and are looking to further develop their MTB skills. 

  • Guided MTB  ride – new product for Autumn 2021 is a guided ride.  Taken by a qualified British Cycling Coach and Guide – it will be an explore around the beautiful forest, riding on some hidden trails with both lots of ups and downs.  This is ideally for children aged 8+ (who can ride 10km), and will need to carry their own water, inner tube, snacks and spare clothing.  It’s a proper adventure!

Fodders
Academy

These hugely popular 5-hour holiday sessions are for the more advanced ripper (usually aged 10+) who are confident in tackling red-graded features such as berms, table tops and steeper descents.  We focus on these type of features really honing the technique.  There is a maximum of six participants for the session.  These intense days look to developing the overall young mountain biker, it is the the ulitimate day for your biking mad ripper!  

Downhill Youth
Development Camps

These camps are perfect for the young rider (generally secondary school aged) who have experience of riding 2-dot DH tracks, such as Sheepskull or Ski Run at Pedalabikeaway.  They spend the day sessioning specific aspects of the DH tracks ensuring they can confidently and competently nail those tracks!  These are generally run by our Head Coach, Seth (unless he is away racing) and is for experienced young riders who love spending all day on their bikes!

Girls Only
Sessions

A few years ago we found that our club was mainly attended by boys, so in order to address this inequality, we started offering monthly girls only sessions.  The result is that many of the girls who attended these sessions became full members of our club and we are almost at a 50:50 ratio!  The sessions are run in the same format as the Little Fodders MTB club, delivered by female coaches and of course, have only girls attending.  We run it at beginner and intermediate level, the descriptors being the same as the Holiday Sessions, and for girls aged 5-11.

Teen
DH

This is a new monthly offering for Autumn 2021, and is for secondary school aged riders who want to develop all aspects of their MTB racing including race preparation, sessioning sections, fitness, nutrition, first aid and trailside repairs.  It mirrors the monthly Pedalabikeaway/WyeMTB Youth Race Team coaching sessions and is run by Seth, our Head Coach.  It will be attended by advanced level riders who can confidently and competently ride DH tracks and want to or are currently racing Enduro or DH.

Birthday
Parties

What better way for your Little Ripper to celebrate their birthday than having a bike-based birthday party!  The birthday boy/girl along with up to 7 of their friends can have a 2-hour session with a qualified coach playing bike games and learning some new skills.   These are offered on weekday evenings (depending on the time of year) or on Sundays. 

Little Fodders
MTB Club

This is our flagship offering.  If you have ever been to Pedalabikeaway on a Saturday morning you will be amazed how many children are around!  This is because every termtime weekend we have up to 75 children attending our MTB club.  This club is open to children from the age of 5 up until about 13 and offers structured and progressive sessions delivered by qualified British Cycling MTB coaches.  Children will go from learning the basics – cornering and effective braking to sessioning the tricky sections of the downhill trails.  It is a members only club, and we currently have a waiting list.