Mountain Bike Training courses that will have you riding faster, safer and with more confidence and more fun. These Mountain Bike Skills courses are the result of our experience from coaching thousands of riders and riding at the highest level ourselves. Core courses are run by our team of professional coaches in the North and South.
ProgressEssential ‘new school’ bike handling skills and the foundations for rapid progression
‘Progress’ is our most popular and most important mountain bike skills course. It’s where you will find the knowledge, techniques and confidence to better yourself every time you ride your mountain bike.Find out more
FlowCore speed and cornering techniques to help you gain speed, ride smoother and find flow
Having mastered the essential bike handling skills in that we cover in our Progresss course, we’ll teach you the techniques for gaining speed, maintaining your flow and conserving momentum through all terrain thrown at you.Find out more
AirtimeProgressive techniques and knowledge for all different types of jumps and drops
Teaching you the fundamental principles to getting real air on your bike. we’ll have you launching lips, styling it up and landing smoother than ever before. No more freezing up on take off or barreling through the air like a brick. Proper techniques for proper fun.Find out more
TechAdvanced skills for tackling and carrying speed on very steep and rough trails
Tech will give you the confidence to negotiate and stay in control on trails that many riders wouldn’t even walk down. Covering advanced techniques to keep you out of trouble and simplifying technical trails so you can keep having fun when things get serious.Find out more
#DHSPEEDRide with Danny Hart
Head coach of the South, Olly Morris is a elite and world cup riders and an expert coach with years of experience. If you’re an aspiring Downhill rider this is your chance to learn from a rider that knows where and how to cut time on any track.Find out more
If you’d like to learn at your own pace, in your own time, one-to-one, or with your friends then a Private day may be the choice for you.Find out more
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"Great course, coached by Olly at the Forest of Dean. Even though I have been mountain biking for years I now understand more and learnt a number of techniques which will help in the future. Now going to book 'Flow' I recommend excellent coaching, fun and friendly."
"Had a full day with Olly. In that time he managed to undo issues I've had and carried through 30 years of riding and racing, oh and falling. Good work Olly!"
"Two of us spent a day with Olly in the Forest of Dean and there is no doubt that it was well worth it. We were of different abilities but Olly took it all in his stride and we both learnt so much from him, without feeling intimidated. Highly recommended."
"Wanted to improve my jumping so booked the Airtime course at FoD. The course was run by Olly who is a top coach and world cup rider. He builds your confidence throughout the day breaking down the techniques you need in order to accomplish your goals. I now have a solid base to take on bigger jumps and clear them! Thanks Olly and Pro Ride."
"Just done Airtime with Olly at FOD yesterday and I can't recommend it enough. Olly is a great instructor and easy to get on with and he broke down the basics of jumping into easy stages and we built up progressively. By the end of the day I had the confidence to tackle a gap I'd been looking at and clear it. Couldn't be happier and I can't recommend it enough. I would go back and do it again. And I'm trying to find time in my calendar already for the tech course."
"Awesome .... just when you thought you were doing it right, along came Olly's technique sessions and slow-mo video to prove you weren't :) The best thing about it is .... you come away with a very clear picture of what you need to work on and why !"
"Did a private course with Olly at the forest of dean and had a top day out. I learnt loads of little tips I hadn't heard of before that made a massive difference especially to my cornering. Olly was very easy to get along with and was very good at explaining things. If your in two minds about doing a course just go for it, you'll have a great days riding and be a better rider by the end of it."
"Had a fantastic day in the Forest of Dean being coached by Olly. Started the day a couple beginner with a few sketchy runs under my belt; ended the day feeling in control and faster on the descents. It can be a bit daunting when faced with a mixed ability group but the coaching was tailored so that every one was Progressed throughout the day. I now feel I've got some solid foundations to build on and plenty of drills to practice."
"Had a great day with Joe on the Tech course at Hamsterley. He gave some great pointers on how to improve my technique- it's down to me to practice now! Would recommend to anyone who wants to improve their control getting down the nasty stuff. Thanks Joe for showing an old dog new tricks!"
"Thanks for a fantastic day, really learn't a lot in the day, hopefully get rid of some bad habits I've got in to with practice. Joe was a great coach and explained everything in a easy to follow manner. Will keep on putting in the hours and look forward to another course in the not to distant future"
"Gained some real confidence from Joe at Stainburn at the weekend. Very useful, thought provoking and downright fun course the guy's a legend and he can ride a bike a bit too! Had me bunny hopping over a log for the first time in about 35 years. Can't recommend it enough either if like me you're a bit hopeless on a mountain bike and don't really know why or you're OK at it but want to acquire some new skills. Cheers Joe!!"
"Thanks Olly for a great day's coaching at FOD. Definitely progressed my riding and putting what I learned into practice on my local trails has made a big difference. Cheers!"
"Great day! Joe was really good at explaining principles. I went on the course able to jump off kickers etc, but was landing more by luck than judgement. Really helpful to now know what i should be doing !"
"Great day at hamsterly on air time course with joe f,learned a lot and had a really good laugh as well.highly recommend this course even if you think you don't need it ;)"
"Learned so much from Joe on the Progress course at Hamsterly. The difference it made to my riding and confidence on the day really surprised me and i look forward to practicing these skills as often as i can 10/10"
"What can I say! what a day, booked the progress course down the F.O.D. Our coach Olly Morris was fantastic and gave us feedback and encoraged us throughout the day on all the tasks we covered. I can now see why some of the more experienced riders i try to keep up with are doing what they do and as the day progressed everything fell into place. would highly recommend this course. Came away buzzing."
"Just had a private day with Olly at the Forest of Dean. He was very clear and explained things really well, we covered pretty much every aspect of riding, which will transform our riding, I've been riding for 20 years and have learned stuff to make my riding fun for many more years, I would highly recommend Olly. He's easy to get along with and a good laugh."
"Just had a day with Olly at the FoD and learned so much, starting with the core home position which helps everything. Leading onto pumping, squashing, cornering which we were struggling with, now we know the technique it's going to transform our riding.Then onto manuals, bunny hops and jumps. So much to play with on our next ride, can't wait to get out and ride again. Olly is very patient and explains everything in a very easy to understand way, I would highly recommend a coaching session with him."
"Amazed at how much I learned from one day with Ollie! He breaks technique down in ways that register, and then links the pieces together to achieve more confidence, better balance, speed, power, and flow...."
"We had a private day for five. It was fantastic! Joe took us back to basics on set-up, body position ("feet, feet, feet") and how to get better pump. From squashing to popping jumps and speeding up cornering. We all learnt so much - including what we'd been doing wrong for ages! So worth while - looking forward to practicing it all and then back for a bit more coaching!"
"Fantastic day, I came away jumping happily and confidently, that is a true testament to the coaching ability of the pro ride instructors. If your going to book, don't think to hard, just do it! You won't be dissapointed."
"The course did exactly what I wanted in addressing my position on the bike. Olly is a great teacher, breaking things down and explaining the reasons for things, which I think will make it easier to remember. I'm definitely inspired to get out and practice!"
"Just completed this course at the Forest Of Dean (14/01/17), really got a lot out of it, Olly was great. Just learning the basics of weight distribution, positioning on bike etc showed me all the things I was doing wrong. We Progressed onto cornering where Olly demonstrated and we practiced on where to weight the bike, shoulder, hip and leg position which was really useful and again something I wasn’t doing. Lots of things to work on now over the next few month. Olly many thank for an informative course and a great day in the forest."
"The Airtime Course exceeded my expectations. Joe gave expect tuition in terms of technical ability and quality instruction. Using video to analysis each stage of our progress throughout the day was invaluable. Great instructor well worth the time and effort."
"Jo Flanagan was fantastic, he really explained everything in simple terms. Even the things I was already doing were made clear and re-inforced. I left feeling totally inspired to get on my bike & practice !"
"Progress is a great course if your looking to get back to basics and learn the core skills you need for mtbing. I did the course at the Forest of Dean with Ben Deakin who is a top coach breaking every skill down into sections. Since doing the progress course I'm already thinking differently when out on the trails and its given me greater confidence to go for more challenging jumps and drop offs which is what I wanted to get out of the day. Will be booking the air time course soon! Thanks"
"Joe Flanagan delivered a great days training for the Progress course at Stainburn. Dealing with the basics of successful riding, he covered the key skills of body position and weighting that I've tended to overlook, but determine how well anyone can ride. Joe's teaching style is relaxed and easy to follow, but backed up by some real talent! Great course as a refresher, or an introduction."
"Had a fantastic day of learning and fun with Ben. Felt the difference in few hours and will make treasure of the tips shared by Ben Great and friendly attitude which helped to fell at ease and perform. Would strongly recommend Ben for any one to one or Group activity"
"Great coaching from Ben, really clear on technique & patient, allowing you to re try things until you get the concept, practice makes perfect as they say. Quality location at the Forest of Dean, would definitely book again!"
"Had a great day on the course with Ben,found his coaching easy to understand. Felt like I learnt loads and identified flaws in my technique. Will definitely be booking further courses."
"Great day on the progress course at Forest of Dean.Ben is a great instructor. Can't wait to get back on my local trails to practice my new skills. Then I'll be back for another course!"
"Good relaxed course with Ben, lots of info which need to practice now"
"Had a great day at Forest of Dean doing the progress course with Ben Deakin, brilliant instructor and really good course, would definitely recommend to anyone thinking about one of these courses. Will be signing up for the flow course next."
"Had a great day at fod on the tech course today , this is my second time with proride was on the air time course a few months ago as well, and that also greatly improved my riding ,Ben,s a great coach and will have you flying along in no time, if your thinking about doing it you will not regret it and on top of all that is a good laugh ."
"Had a great day at fod on the tech course today , this is my second time with proride was on the air time course a few months ago as well, and that also greatly improved my riding ,Ben,s a great coach and will have you flying along in no time, if your thinking about doing it you will not regret it and on top of all that is a good laugh ."
"Had a great day it was really good fun. I am now well on my way to eradicating my dead sailor technique on jumps. I would recommend a course with Pro Ride."
"Brilliant day out with Ben deakon showed me lots of new skill which I will testing out on the trails and when racing enduro great day thanks"
"Really worth going on this course, you think you're good, but this opens your eyes and mind to make you realise how much more there is to learn. Great day and great instructor, thanks Joe"
"An awesome day of training. Joe F is a terrific coach, and a good laugh too. You build up throughout the day, moving through progressively bigger features. The video analysis was invaluable, it would have taken me forever to find where I was going wrong without it. Big thanks to Joe and the Pro Ride Team!"
"Perfect tuition from Joe F, focusing on technique built up my confidence to do drops I would never have considered. Likewise for jumping. Great day highly recommend."
"Had the most fantastic day in Hamsterley with Joe F. The time spent getting body position correct on the bike was so worth it- went off drops I would never have done before, and finally got down a rock garden I had never had the confidence for previously. Would highly recommend."
"I did the flow course with Joe at Hamsterley. I wanted to learn the art of cornering and this guy knows his stuff. After Joe shot a video of me he gave me some pointers regarding hips alignment (just get the slap ;o) ) I feel a lot more confident and just need to practice, practice, practice.. Deffo worth the money. See you soon for the jump course.."
"I was part of a group of 4 on the airtime course at Hamsterley, May 2016. The course really helped to apply fundamental techniques to build confidence and left me with plenty of tips. Don't expect to learn to clear everything in a day, you wont- you'll have the building blocks to do so in your own time though. The slow motion video reviews were invaluable!"
"I had an amazing day at the Forest of Dean with Joe, learning lots of new skills. Joe was very patient. One of the best days I have ever had and the next day I could already feel the improvement to my riding."
"5 of us had booked Joe Rafferty for a skills course at Hamsterley . Joe started by having a chat about bike and suspension set up, before heading onto the trails. A quick blast down Transmission to warm up then it was getting down business. Just the most basic thing as how where to position your weight on the bike soon had us finding more grip and feeling smoother on the bike. Being smooth and finding flow on the trail looked like a dark art, but Joe has a fantastic way of breaking things down to simplify it and we were soon pumping and squashing sections we would normally just ride through. The afternoon we moved onto drops and steep rooty/rocky decents. The weather had turned and it was pouring down, but with Joe's instruction we were riding root and rock gardens that in them conditions we would of really struggled with. Since the course I've had plenty of time to start putting into practice all I've learnt and it's made a huge difference in my riding, feeling smoother and more in control on the technical terrain. Big thanks to Joe for a excellent days coaching , best bike upgrade you can get."
"Been riding for 20 years and needed to see where I could improve my riding to become faster. The progress course showed me ways to improve and straight away I feel better on the bike. Definitely going to do another course with Pro Ride."
"Thanks for a great day Joe. I feel that I've learnt loads on the course. I'm certainly more confident, and hopefully competent, on the bike now. I look forward to trying the Flow someday."
"Really good course with a relaxed atmosphere. Joe stripped everything back to basics and had an easy to understand and fun teaching style. Highly recommended for any rider regardless of experience. Thanks Joe!"
"Great day out - the course was well structured and with only 4 of us there, Joe F had more than enough time to go through everything we needed to understand. The fact that you could see a video of you trying something, then discuss it with the group to help you grasp the ideas really helped me build some confidence. I'd recommend this course highly - great tutor, good level of skills being taught and no pressure to push yourself "too far" beyond your limits!"
"Great day with Joe at the Forest of Dean - learnt so much - he's an excellent coach & teacher - I would highly recommend this course its given me the confidence & understanding to be a better rider"
"Had an amazing day at FOD with Joe, I have taken so much away from the days coaching and already feel more comfortable, stable and quicker on the bike thanks to Joes coaching. Joe was a very good coach who is a natural at teaching and riding!!, The day was well worth it and I will be back."
"Best money I've spent in a long time and as a tight Yorkshireman I don't spend it if I don't have to! Joe Flanagan certainly knows his on stuff and is a top bloke. Brilliant coaching, friendly and ultra professional. Made a massive difference to my riding in just one day. I'll definitely be booking some more coaching and would highly recommend prorideguides to any other fellow mountain biker."
"Had an amazing day at fod today Ben was a great coach ,learnt plenty of new tricks and technics to try out in the coming months highly recommend will be going back for future classes ."
"Ben led a great session at FoD. Aimed it well at the group and ensured everyone was comfortable with what we were doing. He encouraged everyone to push themselves within their limits, whilst teaching us to extend those limits. Great course and great training. I learnt loads and gained confidence."
"The Airtime course was a great day. Ben dismantled my bad habits and rebuilt good ones with me. I feel like I can really build on this now. I highly recommend the course, even in the soaking wet!"
"What a day! Step by step instructions that are easy to follow. Ben's coaching technique is relaxed, fun and delivers the results you want. So before you rush out to buy upgrades for your bike to make you faster, upgrade your skills as they'll last much longer and will improve with time and practice! Great day, well worth the money. Thanks Ben. See you soon for the next course."
"Just a quick note to say how good the course was. Progression throughout the day was very well judged- just enough to push me out of my comfort zone whilst still feeling achievable. Ben was brilliant- he got me doing both big drops on GBU and I now know what to practice to move my jumping to the next level."
"The coaching was extremely effective. Ben encouraged me to continually push beyond my comfort zone. With his keen observations and concise pointers, I developed throughout each day until I was riding features with confidence that I would previously have worked round. Ben is an easy guy to get along with, and has a very personable approach, even when identifying bad habits! I suspect I was very fortunate in that the other delegates were of a similar levels of capability/bravery, but I felt like we progressed much farther than I would have expected. The venue is superbly matched to the course content. It seemed to provide the perfect range of progression within short riding distances, on an assortment of "real world" trail features. One of the reasons for choosing this course is that it didn't rely wholly on a "training" venue. It was helpful to see regular trail users ride the features that we were sessioning, and to ride full trails to incorporate techniques in context. The duration of the day worked well. We never felt like we were pushed for time, or "dragging it out" for the sake of it. Splitting the day into two short-ish halves meant I never felt over-loaded. The booking process was simple, responses to questions via email we prompt and helpful. Overall, an excellent experience, and great value for money. I'm looking forward to putting my newly learned techniques into practise, and although it might compromise my advantage, I'll be quick to recommend these courses to anyone that asks."
"Great day in the Forest of Dean with Ben. We started off by refreshing weight distribution and the fundamentals before moving on to jumps and drops. By constantly coming back to the core skills, I found myself much less fazed as we graduated to bigger drops and steeper trails I have previously shied away from (GBU) and concentrating much more on the best line out of the next corner. At the end of the day, I have a real sense of progression and increased confidence. Ben also shared with us the video clips he took during the day. As well as proving a nice souvenir, this is incredibly valuable to play back and study. You can't help but be overloaded with information at times, but I can now look back and review the points Ben made and continue to improve my skills. It goes it without saying that Ben is also a really nice bloke, happy to answer any questions, clearly a badass mountain biker and balanced the day really well between constructive coaching, encouragement, repeating sections and some full, flowing runs. Highly recommended"
"Two of us did a private session with Ben on 27 November. Should have done this long ago; Ben is a great tutor and i noticed improvement right from the off. We looked at the big GBU drop early in the day and he said we'd be doing it after lunch. Hell no, i thought. But sure enough we did, and I absolutely loved it! Would highly recommend!"
"Great day with Ben at FOD , The Progress course sowed a lot of seeds of what i should be doing to ride with more control and flow. Look forward to Flow course sometime in the future.Cheers"
"Had a great day with instructor Ben. Very informative and useful. I've been riding for years and yet there was still plenty to learn from the professional. Would highly recommend for anyone not already an elite rider!"
"At a great day at stainburn ,learned loads from joe fab coach , already seeing a difference on the trails thanks again j ????????"
"Ended up with a one to one session with Joe F. Mega day, my riding has moved forward so much, 4 L's and hips, feet feet feet.haha cheers mate genuinely learnt loads. It's made me enter the DH event in Forest of Dean on the 6th Dec. Fingers crossed."
"Brilliant day at Stainburn, learnt a lot from Joe F, just need to get out and practice now. If you are thinking of doing a course, do it! Will be back again. Thanks a lot."
"Had a great day with Joe up a Hammsterley on the Airtime course - learned a lot and ended up clearing the first table top on the 4 track by the end of the day. Joe broke it all down so it made sense and built the size of the jumps as the day went all. Highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to start jumping or improve their mountain bike skills."
"Jumping skills course - Do it! I’ve been riding mountain bikes for a long time but like many people always feel a little out of control over jumps. By the end of the day’s jump course I managed to clear a set of gap doubles and float through the Hamsterley 4x cross track calmly and confidently. This was way beyond my expectations and scary mid air experiences of the past have been replaced by weightless confident jumping with smooth landings. If you want to be able to jump and improve your mountain bike skills I cant recommend this course enough."
"This was our MTB skills first course with Pro Ride and wow what a great course this was. Joe turned up on time with a big smile on his face, this set the tempo for the day, fun and very productive. We started out doing a small ride to warm up, from this Joe analysed our skills or lack of, and then broke it down to the basics. Starting on the theory of jumping developing through small doubles and progressing to Hamsterly’s 4X track to hone those skills recently taught. Joe has an ability to convey what was needed in different ways was excellent and helped the 4 of us massively. Joe then took the same approach for drops further into the forest on the Red Trail. The culmination of the day was a nice blast down some excellent trail to perfect those skills some. A cracking day had by all with real progress and development made. Thank you and see you again soon!"
"What a day! this was my first course with Pro Ride and it was fantastic. Very chilled and relaxed straight from the the start in the carpark where we met Joe. After a meet and greet it was down to business with a warm up on the red then a bike set up and then on to some small jumps and doubles working our way on to the 4x track where our progression as a group and and individually seem to accelerate at such a fast pace! Joe it has to be said is a great teacher and guide picking out all the individual weak points and sticky points. We where soon hitting good size doubles and tables in no time. If you have any doubt or flaws in your technical ability then all i can say is book a mountain bike coaching course with Pro Ride! I will be doing for some Tech action!!! Cheers Joe see you again soon!"
"What can I say... Joe rocked up and straight away assessed our ability. He then set about filing is and talking through the error of our ways. Within a short time we were clearing doubles with style that we previously cased over. We then went on to drops and berms on the red trail and our confidence grew and grew. These guys are brilliant, book a course now! You won’t regret it!!"
"If like me your serious about mountain biking you have probably already spent 100’s or 1000’s on your bike and upgrading it! Well the jumps and drops course was the best upgrade I’ve ever bought.. End of! Joe was a great laugh, asked us where we thought our mountain bike skills were, then we hit the trail to warm up, he quickly spotted our strengths and weaknesses. Then using clear and logical explanations and exercises he rebuilt our riding. I left the day absolutely exhausted, smiling like a kid in a sweet shop and with a real hunger to head out on my bike again ASAP to practice everything!"
"Jumps and drops course was amazing, giving me much more confidence in riding challenging trails. Joe made the day relaxed, fun and taught me the skills necessary to get over or down the most challenging trails. Definitely recommend the mountain bike coaching course to anyone wishing to move their riding to another level."
"Airtime Course with Alex @ Forest Of Dean. Alex arrived 2hrs early to check the trails for us as the weather was very poor, constant rain all day. He took us to the most rideable parts, set the bikes up and taught us how to handle them step by step, even with the poor weather our riding skills increased by the hour. I now have a totally different outlook on mountain biking, I feel safer, have far more confidence in tackling jumps, drops, demanding terrain. Definitely be coming back for some dry weather action. I can’t recommend Pro Ride skills coaching highly enough."
"Had a great day! Alex was an awesome coach, would recommend to anybody wanting to gain skills to jump and drop safely!"
"Absolutely amazing day at Hamsterley on airtime course today. Joes coaching was exactly what I needed to help me conquer my demons with jumps and drops. The mountain bike technique training I’ve also learned and put to use today has pushed my ability further than I ever expected. Thanks guys, already to book my next session. :-)"
"Highly recommend the Airtime course. Joe breaks the techniques down into some basics that are so simple, but really help you unlock the barriers that have held you back when the going gets a bit sketchy. I have been doing the UK Gravity Enduro Series for a while, and looking to move my game on but not quite sure how - well I found the answers here - Don't waste money on shiny new bits for your bike, book onto a Pro Ride course and get faster :-)"
"The Airtime course at a wet Forest of Dean last weekend was brilliant. Alex is a great teacher and really gets you to think about your technique on the bike, and how to improve. I feel I’ve definitely got out of some bad habits, and learned a lot of new things that have given me far more confidence to hit jumps and drops. Really fun day on the bikes too, despite the weather. Worth every penny. Get it booked!"
"I had a really good time learning new tips about control and balance on my bike which is key to conquering jumps which i previously feared. Joe is a great coach and really breaks techniques down to the basics making them easy to understand and apply to my riding. Im really looking forward to putting all that i learnt into everyday practice and looking to book other coaching courses with Pro Ride."
"I have been riding for years and picked up many bad habits and it was time for me to try to be more confident in the air. The day started with snow which could have turned out very differently, but didnt. Joe started the day with some fundamental basics which are so obviously you will kick yourself when he explains them. They are the building blocks for the whole day. By the end of the day i just wanted to get more air as i now felt confident and capable. Joe really gives you the confidence to have a go but ultimately push yourself to achieve what you want out of the course and i will definitely be booking on more mountain bike coaching courses with Pro Ride."
"Just to say a big thank you to Alex brilliant day on the airtime course. This is the 3 rd different company I’ve used for jumps an drops and by far the most in depth an comfortable coaching I’ve received with fantastic results, period. I can’t recommend Pro Ride mountain bike coaching enough! Needless to say I’ll be trying their Tech course next. Keep up the good work boys “the best upgrade on a bike money can buy”"
"Fantastic day at Hamsterley. Joe gives really clear and easy to follow instructions. He has improved my riding skills 1000%, can’t wait to put my new skills into practice. Also Hamsterley is a fantastic venue. Can’t wait for my next course. I couldn’t recommend a course with these guys enough.... Thanks again Joe."
"Had an amazing day with Joe on the Airtime course at Hamsterley Forest. Joe went into great detail on each step and really helped me progress my skills on jumps, drop offs and throughout the trails. Highly recommended mountain bike coaching to anyone looking to take their riding to the next step! Excellent work guys, well worth the money!"
"Had a great time on the Airtime course at the Forest of Dean. Alex is a brilliant coach: while the level of riders in the group varied greatly, each steadily progressed during the course. For me it was from no jumping to able to (safely) tackle moderate features - a big change in skills and confidence in the span of a few hours. Pro Ride rock!"
"Had a brilliant day in the Forest of Dean yesterday with Alex on the Airtime course. Alex is a great guy and a fantastic mountain bike coach. He showed me where I was going wrong with body position, balance and the movement of the bike. Everything just clicked, I now have the confidence and skills to hit bigger jumps and drops safely. I feel like I’m riding faster, smoother and with more control. I highly recommend!"
"Fantastic day of coaching at hamsterley with Joe. Excellent techniques on how to tackle drops and jumps, feel much more confident to try larger obstacles safely. The skills taught will also help all round bike control and flow on the trail. Joe is a great coach who knows the sport inside out. Book on one!!!"
"Excellent days coaching with Joe. Would and will recommend to anyone who asks me about it. Well worth the money. Makes you want to go out and practise what you have learnt."
"Had a great day at Hamsterley learning how to drop with speed and control along with getting some air off the jumps. Joe was a brilliant coach, he really does break things down into easy to understand instructions so that everyone is improving quickly. A nice, relaxed atmosphere makes even the most daunting of tasks feel achievable. See you in a few weeks for the Tech course!"
"Had an awesome time with Alex at Forest of Dean, despite the mud and rain. Some really great mountain bike coaching and I felt my level of riding improve so much as well as my confidence on the jumps and drops."
"Lots of great advice and technique offered in this course. By the end of the day, I was cleaning tables and doubles but with the confidence of knowing it was with good technique and style. The course improved other aspects of my riding, with knowledge and understanding of MTB skills I can practice in my time with the foundations in place. It was a real plus seeing some of the guys improve so well over the course of the day. Having the experienced Joe there for the day can really push you on to better riding."
"What a great day on the air time course with a joe. I can’t believe I’m doing double jumps with in a day and the conference i’ve got what a great feeling it is. Just like to say a big thanks to joe"
"Started the day not being able to get my wheels off of the ground at all. Would never have believed that by the end, I would be clearing doubles and landing in the sweet spot. Joe does a great job in teaching you the correct technique and giving you the foundations to go away and improve. Feet feet feet, low low low. Book on the course if you want to understand that last sentence. It's as simple as that."
"Very good course with Joe , did the AM skills one in the past with Al, the drills for correct position on the bike get you doing it (or at least knowing how it should be done) correctly out of the car park feet feet feet."
"I cannot recommend these guys highly enough, Amazing mountain bike skills. I was pretty apprehensive about the course as jumps and drops have caused me to freeze up after having a couple of big offs but Joe was a great teacher and builds it up slowly. It gave me confidence and by the end of the day I was consistently and smoothly clearing table tops and doubles. I am now a much more confident rider and thanks to Joe, I’ve got the skills to go on and improve safely. Remember, the more you move the stiller you are....it does makes sense!"
"I’m a mid 30s competent and fit rider but my riding had reached a plateau. The day on the Airtime course rearranged my posture on the bike and how I ride the Fun parts of the trails. Where I used to freeze up in the air I now feel relaxed and with some more practise I now love jumping! In summary, myself and my bike are now having way more fun!!! I’ll be back for more!"
"Great day with Joe at Hamsterley. He has a friendly and patient approach with everyone to help improve our riding and is very encouraging. Starting with the basics and moving up throughout the day. By the end of the day I could feel the difference in my riding especially in my cornering. I highly recommend this and will be back for some more in the future. Thanks Joe."
"Really had a great day with Joe and I’m keeping all his advice in my mind during my riding, beginning to feel some effects! Can’t recommend this course enough!"
"I’ve taken over a week to submit a review as I have ridden everyday since my one-on-one course with Ben at FOD. Since Ben’s coaching, I’ve never been more motivated to ride. It was informative, concise and absolutely without doubt how I should have been riding my bike over the last twenty five years. Your mates will never give you an insight into what you’re doing wrong, especially if they are in front of you on the trail. The only way to learn is by getting coached. One day in 25yrs and I’m a different rider, - both faster and more confident. There’s a trade secret to riding a mountain bike and only a coach is going to tell you it. Thanks Ben at Pro Ride."
"After the flow course on the Saturday, I was back again to join the group for the airtime course. Ben went over the basics and quickly had us hitting doubles at full speed. The techniques were all broken down and explained very clearly and gradually our confidence grew along with the distance we were jumping!....We went on to tackle the two big drops at GBU. At first glance these were pretty intimidating especially as ridden blind. But Ben once more showed us the proper way (we watched many others, not on our course, either going over very uncontrolled or braking and doing the chicken run instead.... I had armour and a full face so thought i should have a go....doing as Ben instructed I looked straight ahead,pushed the bike out with heels down and quickly and safely landed and was into and round the berm...brilliant! felt great,with a big smile on my face I was back up for a few more goes...love it!.....What a brilliant mountain bike skills course, in fact the whole weekend two day course was superb. I just want to end this by saying I went to bike park wales on the following Tuesday,second time and rode faster, smoother safer and more confidently than ever before………… Just book up some courses...the money spent is worth every penny and thank you to Ben Deakin especially who made learning effortless and seriously good fun.......Happy days!"
"Great days riding, Ben is an awesome instructor/coach and I felt my riding came on in leaps and bounds during the day. I even managed to fling myself off the GBU drop at the Forest of Dean and am still here to tell the tale!! Thoroughly recommend mountain bike skills coaching with Pro Ride and Ben to anyone!"
"Boom!!! I can fly. Book this course! I am now feeling the flow, popping off kickers and pumping through trannies like a goodun and I don?t even know that stuff means!! If God existed, rode a bicycle and like to shred the gnar; he would wish he could it as well as Joe Flanagan. Damn ? he made it look easy. Perfect execution, great explanation with exercises and scene by scene video analysis all went to making this a very useful and fun day, that you couldn’t get from any amount of youtubing. Joe is a top bloke too and was very generous with his knowledge and experience. I would certainly recommend the venerable Mr Flanagan for all your training needs."