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MTB SKILLS CLINICS COACHING PATHWAY - READ CAREFULLY!
All of the skills clinics have been laid out deliberately in an order that allows you to progress and build on each skill as you master it. No point trying to run before you can walk...

Choose between public group clinics or private group session with friends / 1-1's


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PHUNDAMENTALS (no prerequisite clinic required.)


On the Phundamentals we look into the correct bike set up needed to have control of your mountain bike in any situation. We teach you how to set up a solid, strong and efficient riding position that really makes a difference to your riding skill and confidence. Without these skills and knowledge it is impossible to develop the more advanced bike handling skills covered in the TRAILMASTER series.

 

You will learn that weight = traction, develop a completely new approach to using your brakes and learn that if you don't have any weight on your front wheel you aren't going around ANY corners safely! You must be comfortable with this before we start on the next stage. You will also learn the first of our three CORNERING techniques and how to ride steeper / rough terrain in total control

 

The PHUNDAMENTALS is not just for beginners - it can give experienced riders an exciting new spark in their riding if their old skills feel stale or awkward. Our experience helping hundreds of riders improve indicates that many experienced riders who are self taught hit walls when trying to learn more advanced skills because their basic riding position is poor. The Phundamentals fixes all that for good and gets people rocking again with so much more confidence!

 

(Maximum 1:7 coach:rider ratio)

 

 

 

TRAILMASTER1 – FLOW (prerequisite - PHUNDAMENTALS)


Having sorted out the basics in the Phundamentals clinic in TRAILMASTER 1 we look at PUMPING and CORNERING in more detail to get you really humming down trails with increased, flow, speed and style.

 

PUMPING 1 and 2 - We teach you to pump properly and efficiently so that in the future you can begin to enjoy PUMP TRACKS and JUMPS or just milk your local trails for lots of envigorating free speed. We use PUMPING in TRAILMASTER 1 for making traction, developing trust in your tyres and for avoiding nasty obstacles along the trail. Once you're down with these skills you will find it easy to transfer correct pumping technique to pump rollers and jumps in the future.

 

The other area of focus is CORNERING 2 - FLOW which is where we teach you how to set the bike into a lean properly and rail a bike like a pro to achieve much faster (and safer!) cornering. We CANNOT teach you this until you can keep even weight over your contact patches, hence that is why Phundamentals is key for undoing any bad habits that have formed over the years. Our FLOW cornering techniques blow many people away and make a massive improvment in peoples riding. FUN!!

 

 (Maximum 1:5 coach:rider ratio)

 

 

 

 

TRAILMASTER 2 – SPEED (prerequisite – TRAILMASTER 1 - FLOW)


Having covered the skills needed to get people riding smoothly and with style and confidence in TRAILMASTER 1 - FLOW we now look at going even faster and how to do it SAFELY! We look at pulling manuals, milking pumping rollers and berms for speed, and managing skids, flicks and drifts when cornering FAST! You will also look into the basic technique of correct bunny hopping that is needed ready for TRAILMASTER 3 and 4

 

Our advanced PUMPING 3 and CORNERING 3 learning modules form the basis of this clinic and we almost guarantee that having completed it you will be dropping your mates or your local trails and/or standing on the podium more regularly at your local MTB events!

 

We reduce the number of riders on this clinic to make sure what we cover really makes a difference to your riding (Maximum 1:4 coach:rider ratio)

 

 

 

TRAILMASTER 3 – AIR (prerequisite – TRAILMASTER 1 but doing TM2 as well is a good idea.)


This is our jumping clinic, suited to anyone wanting to make full advantage of good bike speed and lumps and bumps in a trail to pop a little airtime! In this clinic you will learn to float off decent sized DROPS in a trail safely and effortlessly in full control. You will also learn how to spring off a lip for added height and to compress a lip to stay low and fast over jumps. You may also get some coaching in some simple FLIGHT CONTROL techniques to make your time in the air safer and more stylish.

 

We reduce the number of riders on this clinic to keep it safe and make sure that what we cover really stays in your box of bike skills (Maximum 1:4 coach:rider ratio)

 

 

 

GRAVITYMASTER CLINICS (no prerequisite clinic.)


Our Gravitymaster Clinics are for riders who may be happy with their bike setup, have a solid experience level, and have a preference for riding downhill or enduro style trails.  Downhill bikes and/or strong trail bikes will be your ride of choice, and this clinic is designed to skim through our base PHUNDAMENTALS content, to concentrate on riding a bike down a hill competently, safely and fast. Core skills we cover include BRAKING, PUMPING, INTUITIVE/ADVANCED CORNERING and a session on JUMPING technique.

 

As with our other higher end clinics we reduce the number of riders on GRAVITYMASTER  to keep it focused and to make sure that what we cover really adds to your skills toolbox (Maximum 1:5 coach:rider ratio)

 

 

 

TRAILMASTER 4 – ROCK + ROOTS (prerequisite – TM1 but TM2 as well is a good idea.)


This is our new technical ‘MOUNTAIN GOAT’ clinic, suited to anyone who wants to tackle rougher and more technically challenging backcountry trails and come out riding not walking! In this clinic you will learn to balance in completely new ways and develop the ability to stop motionless and recover from line choice mistakes. You will learn the importance of ‘AID-ME’ (ask us later) and learn to manual, pedal wheelie and bunny/side hop like a champion! Technical trail riding is so much fun and this clinic will help you get right amongst it. NEVER WALK AGAIN!

 

We reduce the number of riders on this clinic to keep it focused and make sure that what we cover really stays in your box of technical bike handling skills (Maximum 1:4 coach:rider ratio)

 

 

 

ONE ON ONE clinics (no prerequisite clinic.)


Many more advanced or more experienced riders approach us for coaching and for them 1-1 coaching can be a great option if they have very specific needs. Once we have sorted out a riders basic st up and riding position using our PHUNDAMENTALS learning modules (trust us this is SO worthwhile!) we can then customise a learning pathway to suit each individual client’s needs.

 

We can look at the skills of MANUALING, BUNNY HOPS, ADVANCED CORNERING, TRIALS SKILLS and ADVANCED JUMPING. These skills need to be covered in small groups so either get together with a friend or two (or on your own), and we'll arrange a customised session with one of nationwide instructors.

 

THE PHUNDAMENTALS
The Phundamentals is the base clinic in our MTB Skills Clinic learning pathway. In this clinic you will learn how to set and maintain a stable platform which gives you total control of the bike for traction and obstacle absorption. If you think about all of the problem areas; corners, slippery mud/sand/gravel, roots, rocks, braking bumps, drops, jumps etc, they all fit into one or both of those areas. You either slip or skid in the loose surface or have trouble negotiating obstacles. It is amazing how important this riding platform is and how counter-intuitive it is to what we are told or what we "think" is logical.

If you have been recommended to do this clinic by your mates, stop reading now and go to the bookings page and choose a date that fits your schedule. Trust them, they loved it for good reason and you will too. Your riding will never be the same again!



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If you are a beginner and are worried it will be too difficult, don't stress, the Phundamentals applies to absolutely everyone and is very simple to do. As long as you can stand up on two legs you'll fit right in and you will notice an instant improvement in your confidence and balance. The Phundamentals is not just a beginners course. Dont forget it was originally developed by the legendary James Dodds to help downhill racers go faster!. If you really feel you may be "above" the Phundamentals please do a One on One clinic (or Private session with mates) which will allow you to move through the learning units more quickly and also cover pumping and cornering.

 

PHUNDAMENTALS COST $129
Time: 9 am - 1 pm 
Max clinic size: 7 people 
You will need to supply your own bike/helmet (hire bikes fine) 

 

ONE ON ONE COST
One on One $229.00
Two on One $329.00
Three on One $429.00
Group of Four or more $129 pp

 

 

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TRAILMASTER 1 - FLOW
The Trailmaster 1 - FLOW clinic is where you start riding like the fast kids by learning to pump for grip and to avoid obstacles. You also learn to rail corners properly to build style and flow into your riding.

In this clinic we teach you how to pump efficiently which gets you skipping over objects on the trail in style while making heaps of extra grip. This makes you feel really connected to your bike and the trail. Way cool!!

We also look at what we call 'Intuitive cornering' - all of a sudden you are going much faster on your bike and need to know how to carry that extra speed through corners without braking. When the PUMPING and CORNERING skills are combined you will be amazed at how much more flow you have and how free and relaxed you feel on the bike.

Our Phundamentals is fantastic but it can be a bit of a stiff step sideways - you have to start somewhere though and Trailmaster 1 sorts all that out and gets you floating along trails in a way you never thought possible – Awesome!


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Trailmaster 1 is the perfect companion to the Phundamentals and it is highly recommended that all riders complete both, nothing like a follow-up to ensure you're building good habits and riding with flow and style! Think of the Phundamentals as an appetizer - Trailmaster 1 gets your riding really swift and smooth and will totally rock your world!

 

Cost $129
Time: 9 am - 1 pm 
Max clinic size: 7 people 
You will need to supply your own bike/helmet 

 

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TRAILMASTER 2 - SPEED
Our Trailmaster 2 - SPEED clinic is geared towards riders who want to push their riding and bike speed to the limits but want to do so safely and with correct technique to minimise the risk of injury.

In this clinic we cover PUMPING 3 - the skill of ‘Wave Pumping". This technique is fairly complex but we break it down into perfect bite sized pieces for our riders. Once mastered riders can stick their bikes to the roughest of trails and downhill tracks to maintain flow / control and can actually milk speed from trail features without pedalling and with minimal effort. VERY cool!

With all that extra speed being made on the straights and a desire to go out and drop your friends (and / or win some MTB races!) we then look at our CORNERING 3 Technique and how to maintain speed and ‘Traction Control" through dusty, dodgy, muddy, rooty, off camber turns. (Plenty of committed railing and drifting, skids and rally flicks!) Lots of speed and roosting turns but above all plenty of explanation of new techniques as simple physics, personal confidence building, control and safety.

We also cover the art of manualing to keep the front wheel out of trouble at speed down a trail and set up the correct technique needed for the sweet bunny hopping that is needed in Trailmaster 3 and 4.

Smiles guaranteed and this clinic allows you to tame almost any trail!

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Trailmaster 2 - SPEED is like adding a Turbocharger to your riding after doing Trailmaster 1! We recommend it for anyone who likes to (or wants to!) go really fast on a bike and win some races.Trailmaster 2 is also perfect for experienced trailriders not interested in racing who just want to take on wet, muddy and less than perfect winter conditions with increased skill and confidence.

 

Cost $129
Time: 9 am - 1 pm 
Max clinic size: 4 people 
You will need to supply your own bike/helmet 

 

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TRAILMASTER 3 - AIR
Our Trailmaster 3 - AIR clinic is for anyone wanting to overcome a fear of flying off small to medium sized drops with their wheels level. It is for trail riders wanting to grow wings and pop and float their bikes of roots and natural lips down their local trails. It is also for downhill racers who want to develop the skills to take on the jump lines at DH races and anyone wanting to ride steeper Dirt jump style take off's and landings.

Jumping on a bike is not as dangerous as some people with poor technique claim and going fast on a bike down a trail can mean that flight becomes inevitable – (best be prepared!)

In this clinic we look at adapting our PUMPING 1 technique to have you floating off small to medium sized drops perfectly, safety and with total control to free you from the basic fear of flight.

Next up we look into the magical art of Bunny hopping to get riders making their own jumps out of simple trail features to ‘double out' sections of trail and float their bike over puddles and rooty sections along a trail.

Then follows a study in how to compress the lips of simple table top style jumps safely to stay low and fast ‘racer style' and how to Spring off the lips of the same jumps to gain extra height and flight time.

Finally, throw in some ‘Flight Control' knowledge and practise time to learn about how to make you're flight time feeler sweeter, safer and more stylish and BOOM! – New wings please!



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Trailmaster 3 - AIR is for anyone who wants to grow some wings, however small or big they want them to become in future. Jumping through the air on a bicycle is one of lifes great pleasures and it need not be a frightening or dangerous excersise with good tuition. You are never too old to fly!

 

Cost $129
Time: 9 am - 1 pm 
Max clinic size: 4 people 
You will need to supply your own bike/helmet 

 

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GRAVITYMASTER CLINICS
Gravitymaster clinics are aimed at giving you all the skills needed to ride better and go much faster, with a focus on downhill/enduro type trails. If you ever have trouble with ruts, chutes, off camber, jumping/drops or would just like to know how to carry speed through fast turns this is for you.

Other skills include how to pump "correctly" for speed, weighting and unweighting over obstacles and how to make grip on loose surfaces or coming into a jump. This will lead into jumping technique to give you more pop and stop the bike from twisting or doing unintentional tail whips. You will also look at lines and a cornering technique that gets that bike leaning for you and allows you to square off awkward roots and drops.


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These clinics are held on easy downhill style tracks so you have space to think while practicing your new techniques. And if you are happy with your bike setup and have a good background of experience, this clinic may be just what you need to really up your game.

 

GRAVITYMASTER CLINICS - MAXIMUM CLINIC SIZE FIVE PEOPLE
$129.00 (shuttle costs, if required may be extra) 

 

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ONE ON ONE CLINICS
If you would prefer the ultimate in lessons, a One on one with one of our instructors is what you need. We can take the day at your pace - faster or slower - and focus on exactly your challenges.

We have days worth of techniques to teach you so it is a good idea to do a couple so you have a follow up clinic to iron out any creases from the first time round, once you've had a chance to practice a bit.

You could also choose to do a One on one session once you have completed the Phundamentals and know what you want to work on.


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Cost $229.00
Time: usually a 9am start, but flexible
You will need to supply your own bike/helmet

 

One on One coaching (three to four hours) $229.00 
One on Two coaching (three to four hours) $329.00 
One on Three coaching (three to four hours) $429.00 
Small group private 4 people+ (approx four hours) $129.00 pp

 

AVAILABILITY OF ONE ON ONE - PRIVATE SESSIONS

IF NONE OF THE ADVERTISED DATES SUIT YOU CAN EMAIL US TO ARRANGE A DATE. IT WILL SPEED UP THE PROCESS IF YOU HAVE SOME DATES READY THAT SUIT YOU.

 

 

WOMENS ONLY PHUNDAMENTALS
If you are new to mountainbiking and want to know how to get better without breaking bones, having a domestic with your husband or feeling like the "tag along" on the boy"s rides, then this is your chance. The Women"s Only Phundamentals will actually explain why you can"t "just do it" and how to go about "just doing it".

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If you are new to mountainbiking and want to know how to get better without breaking bones, having a domestic with your husband or feeling like the “tag along” on the boy’s rides, then this is your chance. The Women’s Only Phundamentals will actually explain why you can’t “just do it” and how to go about “just doing it”.
 
We look at fear and its influence on bike handling, how to overcome it, and how that will build confidence, simply knowing why. We teach about balance and stability which are the keys to keeping the ladies safe. We’ll explain everything you need to know to get you going down the hills, round those tight corners and comfortable on that loose gravel. You name it, we’ve got the answers for it.
 
Plus, we’ll take a look at your bike and make any changes needed to make it fit you......
 
all in a day’s work!
 
 
Note: This clinic is aimed at women struggling with fear and confidence. If you are comfortable riding with the boys but would just like to be able to beat them (hee hee) then the mixed Phundamentals would suit you better.

We look at fear and its influence on bike handling, how to overcome it, and how that will build confidence, simply knowing why. We teach about balance and stability which are the keys to keeping the ladies safe. We’ll explain everything you need to know to get you going down the hills, round those tight corners and comfortable on that loose gravel. You name it, we’ve got the answers for it.

Plus, we’ll take a look at your bike and make any changes needed to make it fit you......

all in a day’s work!

Note: This clinic is aimed at women struggling with fear and confidence. If you are comfortable riding with the boys but would just like to be able to beat them (hee hee) then the mixed Phundamentals would suit you better.

 

 

Cost $129
Time: 9 am - 1 pm 
Max clinic size: 7 people 
You will need to supply your own bike/helmet (hire bikes fine) 

 

Note, this clinic is only available periodically at selected locations. If there is not one posted, please book into a mixed Phundamentals or EMAIL US to arrange a One on one or Private Group session.

 

TRAILMASTER 4 - ROCK + ROOTS
Our BRAND NEW Trailmaster 4 – ROCK + ROOTS clinic is for anyone wanting to develop the riding skills needed to take on rougher and more technically challenging back county style trails.

This clinic is all about elegant technique and efficiency to avoid getting tired with poor technique on those big all day rides when the trail cuts up and gets tough.

Equally this clinic will be of interest to anyone who enjoys a little bit of urban riding from time to time. ‘AID=ME" (ask us what it means on the clinic, its secret and its GOLD!)

The skills that are covered in this clinic allow riders to develop a ‘mountain goat" type riding style that will allow them to pedal out the roughest of trail sections, still smiling while others around them have been off and pushing for a while.

First up we cover the slow skills and recovery techniques needed to make up for poor line choices and momentary losses of control. We look at how to travel super slowly on a bike to deal with steep, hard climbs littered with obstacles and large trail obstacles both up and downhill. We even look at how to stop completely and hover on the trail to have a well-earned rest without the feet leaving the pedals.

Next up we look at the art of pulling sweet manuals and pedal wheelies to keep the front wheel clear of trouble. We cover how to Bunny hop / Side hop and ride climbing steps smoothly to keep both wheels running freely without obstacle strike to maintain momentum and flow along otherwise hostile trails.

Throw in some rear wheel cornering and some trials riding techniques and voila! – consider yourself a never say die ROCK STAR!

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Trailmaster 4 - ROCK AND ROOTS is for anyone who wants to ride their bike more and walk less in hostile, gnarly trail situations. If your an experienced rider who loves riding (or just wants to start enjoying!) challenging native trails then it's most likely your a 'Rock star' in the making!

 

Cost $129
Time: 9 am - 1 pm 
Max clinic size: 4 people 
You will need to supply your own bike/helmet 

 

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POST PHUNDAMENTALS & TRAILMASTER
From here on in we recommend you do a One on one or get a small group of friends together for a Private Session. We very occasionally do group sessions covering the next skills but you will improve more and cover more info in small groups.

You can obviously choose what you would like to work on and/or the instructor will lay out the day with a logical progression of skills catered to your level.

OPTIONS TO WORK ON

CORNERING PART III - Bracing, skids, drifts, weighting outside foot. General tidy up.
JUMPING/DROPS - Drops, flat jumps, tabletops (no steep lips)
BUNNYHOPS
MANUALS
WHEELIES
PUMPING ON ROLLERS - Pump track, dips, bumps, making speed.
MORE JUMPING PRACTICE - Steeper lips, doubles.
PUTTING ALL SKILLS TOGETHER - Pumping, Bunnyhops etc on the trail.


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ONE ON ONE COSTS
One on One $229.00
Two on One $329.00
Three on One $429.00
Group of Four or more $125 pp

 

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