Downhill Race Speed – Want race speed?


Downhill Race Speed is our second step onto true gravity fed riding. So if you have already attended our ‘Downhill Skills‘ then this is the course for you!

The course will be based on dedicated downhill race lines such as Cork Screw, Sheep Skull and Ski Run located at our coaching venue in the Forest of Dean – Pedalabikeaway trail centre. Each candidate will be given their own live timing chips so they can see their times throughout the sessions. The aim of this full day coaching course is to give you, the rider, the skills needed to better your times on DH trails and in races.

This is not a beginner course. You should be confident with your core skills e.g. ready position, breaking, reasonable level of fitness, and regularly ride some purposed built DH trails.

The course runs from 10am – 3pm, and is run by our downhill king, Seth Barrett.





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Clients will need to attend this course with a full suspension mountain bike, a helmet, gloves and body armour as you see fit.  Although a full face helmet is highly recommended, as is knee pads.

We work with small learning groups to maximise the learning throughout the day, enabling us to give constant feedback.   Additionally, we will use video analysis to help aid learning, both on the hill and back at the cycle centre cafe.

The Downhill Race Speed coaching is session is all about how do we go fast?

Its a combination of a number of factors:-

  • Confidence
  • Preparation
  • Straightest line
  • Opening up turns
  • When you brake and when you don’t!
  • Knowing the track, when to push or when to sit up

The day will compromise of:-

  • Meet and greet – Bike setup, Fit the timing chips from Freelap
  • Warm up on a simple DH track.

Session 1

  • Laying down a base time on a selected DH track
  • Focussing on the top half of the track we break it down looking at body positioning, cornering, where should you be looking and line choice
  • Second timed run of the top section applying what we’ve looked at
  • Discussion on preparation / confidence / control nerves / pre race warm up

Session 2

  • Focussing on the lower half of the track we break it down looking at body positioning, cornering, where should you be looking and line choice
  • Timed full runs of the track we’ve been practising, see and feel the difference!

Downhill Race Speed is our final step of our coaching pathway.  However it doesn’t end there! These coaching days will focus on a different track each time, so there will always be something new to learn.  Want something more bespoke?  Then how about a 121 with one of our British Cycling Level 3 MTB coaches?  Or a personalised training programme – Wye Performance?

This course designed for over 18’s, if you are younger please check our DH Youth Camps


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