I provide mountain bike skills coaching for individuals and groups, which can be “women only”…

… and I organise guided mountain bike rides

Why not let me show you the good trails in and around Dorset or The New Forest

With many years experience of mountain biking and local knowledge, I can adapt a route to suit you and your group, leaving you free to get on your bike and enjoy the ride… no fear of getting lost… no having to check maps and plenty of opportunities for refreshment stops and riding tips (if you want them!)

You can choose from many locations across Dorset including Wareham Forest, Ringwood Forest and “The Purbecks”…

…also The New Forest

…and if you would like me to come to you

Please get in touch for further information or to book

07900 418240 (text or phone)

email: steve@skillsandtrails.co.uk

Skills Coaching…

One to one

one to one1:1 gives you the perfect opportunity to have specific coaching all to yourself. After an initial assessment, the skills covered will be tailored to suit you, whilst setting out to achieve your own personal goals.

1:1 also gives you the option of working on your particular problems and difficulties for as long as you wish. So if you’re lacking confidence on certain trails or having trouble with specific technical skills then why not book a private 1:1 lesson. The coaching will be tailored specifically to suit your level of fitness and technical ability.

Introduction to mountain bikingbeginners

You will learn the basic skills needed to safely ride off-road including bike check and set up, correct body positioning, selecting the right gears and correct use of the brakes.

Is this right for me? No previous experience is required. You are probably a complete beginner.


Here you can learn the fundamental bike handling and core skills needed to tackle more technical off-road trails with confidence including mountain bike setup, correct body positioning, cornering and descending safely and how to climb efficiently.

Is this right for me? This is ideal for beginners who are looking to gain confidence or you may be returning to mountain biking after a break.

Improvers cornering

This is for those looking to take their cornering skills to the next level. Learn how to corner with more speed and negotiate tighter turns and berms.

Is this right for me? You have some experience of riding off-road.

Improvers descending or climbing


This is for those looking to take their descending or climbing skills to the next level. Learn how to descend steeper, rougher or looser trails and with more speed. Learn how to climb steeper and rougher trails with roots and step ups.

Is this right for me? You have some experience of riding off-road.


Introduction to drop offs, manuals and wheelies

This is for those looking to tackle small obstacles in the trail so that you don’t have to get off and walk. Learn how to lift the front wheel and safely negotiate small step ups and drop offs.

Is this right for me? You need to have taken one of my other courses first.

Women only

Come and start your journey into mountain biking or hone your skills with a qualified instructor in a testosterone free environment!

All of the above skills coaching can be for women only



Important information…

Helmets are essential.

You need to bring your own mountain bike which must be in full working order, have off-road tyres and be mechanically sound. Front suspension and flat pedals are preferable but not essential.

If you are unsure which is best for you, please get in touch for advice.

I coach in many venues across Dorset including Wareham Forest, Canford Heath, Moors Valley, Ringwood Forest, “The Purbecks”…and also The New Forest.

Group size is normally limited to 6.


phone: 07900 418240

email: steve@skillsandtrails.co.uk

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Customer feedback…

“Steve is a great teacher and really helped me gain confidence with my cycling. He knows the trails well and set the lesson up so that we worked on easier skills first before moving on to trickier hills and descents that I never thought I would have managed! I felt I achieved a lot, thanks Steve! Lizzie”

“Hi Steve, thanks for the guided tour yesterday, Alex & James had a great time! Kind regards, Laetitia”

“Hi Steve, thank you for a glorious day. I think I can speak for both of us when I say we had a ball and are respectively planning our mountain biking futures! With your patient and expert tuition, I feel like I am half way to pro already. I shall definitely call on you when I next make it to Dorset – need to perfect my cadence on those steep uphill stretches and, for that matter, downhill as well! Best, Vicky”

“Steve’s delivery was excellent with just enough information…”, from Mark’s blog, to read more click here

“really good course, very enjoyable”, Jackie S

“really useful progression from basic course”, David L

“great mix – asked what we wanted and pushed us a little, but within our capabilities”, Amy S

“excellent, a real confidence boost”, Sophie T