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Rob Takes the Pike and rides to the next level.

Categories: Uncategorized | May 24th, 2011 | by mikestafford | no comments

Big well done to Rob Gower who travelled up from the Midlands for a 1-2-1 session at Rivington. Lots of first for him including bigger drop off’s, wheelies, faster cornering  and improvements on multiple slab drops.rob-gower.jpg

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High Adventure for London Day Trippers.

Categories: Uncategorized | May 24th, 2011 | by mikestafford | no comments

ed-on-garburn-pass-kentmere.jpg When Ed and his parents booked their day trip up to the Lakes we were in the middle of spring heatwave, a week later blue skies had been replaced by torrential rain and strong winds. Undeterred the trio set off from London early on a Tuesday morning in early in April

on a journey which usually takes just over two and a half hours. Unfortunately power lines brought down by high winds in Scotland left them delayed for an hour, but they arrived at Oxenholme before lunch in good spirits. A 20min drive got us into Staveley near Windermere. After a quick change for Ed and I, it was on the bikes (Ed used one of my hire bikes) and off into the mountains. For Ed who was more used to low level forest riding, the trails were a big step up. Riding around Kentmere gives lots of options from smooth flowing single-track to full on technically challenging trails like Garburn pass. Ed rode well for a first timer on the rough stuff and nailed a good chunk of the pass, in demanding conditions. After a quick fuel stop at Maggs Howe cafe it was back on the hill for a climb up on the Green Quarter and a fast descent back into Staveley to meet his parents for a change into dry clothes and a quick one at the Hawkshead Brewery.

Ed’s parents enjoyed a windswept walk out from Staveley and a meal at a local pub. Back on a train at Oxenholme at 8.25pm back safely in London before 11.00pm what an adventure, result!   Thanks for your enthusiasm guys it was a pleasure to meet you and I lookvforward to seeing you up in The Lakes for a longer stay in better weather later this summer.

Ed’s mum mailed-

“We all enjoyed the expedition – with its various challenges! – very much and you were brilliantly flexible about bikes and transfers which helped make it feasible.”

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Turner Test in Kentmere.

Categories: Uncategorized | May 23rd, 2011 | by mikestafford | no comments

First big test for Richard Ball and his new bike a Turner 5 Spot. What better place to test man and machine but the Kentmere Valley in The Lake Distict National Park! With blue skies and dry trails the day was perfect. Richard who is relatively new to the sport started off road riding proper last year and as you can see from the photo’s below is making great progress.



 One of the biggest challenges of the day is this chunky descent down into Kentmere. I’m looking forward to the next instalment Richard, well done mate.




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Big Guns Out at Rivington!

Categories: Uncategorized | May 23rd, 2011 | by mikestafford | no comments


Great day out with Vicky, Gareth and Joanne on a beginners course at Rivington 10th of April. Below is Vicky first time off road riding doing a big drop. Bottom of page Joanne showing perfect form on a drop off. Well done guys look forward to seeing you on an intermediate course soon.vicky-crop-2.jpg joanne-crop.jpg

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Mountain Bike Skills Courses- Summer Discount

Categories: Uncategorized | May 20th, 2011 | by tom gulson | no comments

In the run up to the summer holidays and to mark the beginning of what we hope to be a great season Mountain Bike Skills is offering 25% off all skills courses for the first 25 people!

All available dates can be found on our website. There isn’t a better time to get prepared for a great summer, whether that is by learning the key skills, or taking in the trails available to you on a guided tour.

The courses include:

Half Day Taster Sessions; Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced Skills Courses; 1-2-1 and private groups; Maintenance courses and Guided rides.

We operate around many prime locations, including Lever Park, Rivington, Staveley, Kentmere, Grizdale and the Howgills.

If there are any particular areas you wnat to venture to please contact mike on 07971 275184, or alternatively email:

So whether you – or someone you know – are just starting out, need a general refresher session or want to move onto the next level, take advantage of this great offer and book now.

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