Course Details

Technical Skills Development Course

Technical Skills Development
Improve your riding skills and make the most of your Leader, Instructor and Go MTB Orientation courses.
Key Content: 

Providing a concentrated day of individual skills development in preparation for the Go MTB Leader and Instructor OrientationMTB Skills Instructor Urban or MTB Skills Instructor Award courses, this single day's training fulfils two key aspects:

  • improving your own skills
  • enabling an understanding of how skills are taught from the point of view of a participant.

Those taking part often capitalise on the knowledge and skills gained through the day to get much more out of their subsequent course than might have been achieved without it, although it is not a pre-requisite for any course.

The Technical Skills Development course is often used on bespoke courses as a precursor by those who wish to fully appreciate and gain a greater understanding of riding skills development, as well as topping up your own riding skills. In many cases, this course enables a higher level of outcome on the Go MTB Leader and Instructor Orientation and the MTB Skills Instructor Urban.

With the TSD consisting of a one day course delivered by CTC's highly experienced Skills Tutors, this course provides a thorough understanding of all the key technical skills required for more advanced riding, as well as CTC's Skill Instructional Awards.

The very latest coaching methods are used, as well as video coaching to provide an enhanced learning environment.


7 hours over one day
Trail and Technical areas will be used
Training only - no qualification available

Course outcomes

Course outcomes: 

You will develop an understanding and practise the key skills required for all levels of mountain biking. Key areas that are focused on will include:

  • Correct bike set up
  • Good riding positions
  • Efficient braking techniques
  • Cornering techniques
  • Energy management (pumping and bump soaking)
  • Manuals
  • Bunny hops
  • Drop off techniques
  • Jumping skills
  • Efficient climbing and confident descending


Please contact the Courses & Training Helpline to find out if this course is available for booking: 01483 238 337

What you need


Prior to attending you will:

  • Have access to a well maintained bike suitable for riding technical trails.
  • Have riding appropriate clothing, helmet and full fingered gloves.
  • Be able to ride non-technical routes with confidence.
  • Be 18 years of age or more
  • Have started to develop some basic riding ability on technical features such as drop offs, berms, jumps and northshore

What next?


This course enables you to ride better in any environment, but is particularly suited to those going on to:

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