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Off road skill training Level 1 - An Introduction to off-road riding

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Ride Level: Easy



All Bikes | Fully Coached | Trails & single track | All-day 

This a relaxed day out that introduces the basics of off-road riding and allows plenty of time for you to practise – you’ll be amazed at the difference in your riding and confidence.

Ride Description

Meeting at Café Paradou before setting off on the trails – it's very much a practical coached session. We’ll work our way out through the woods, stopping for lunch at one of the pretty country pubs before heading back to Crystal Palace.

Skills covered – Riding position, riding rough trails with gravelly or muddy surfaces with confidence, basic cornering and safe descending.


Meeting Point 

Café Paradou, 10-11 Crystal Palace Parade, Upper Norwood, London SE19 1UA

Ride Details 
  • Duration: 10.30 till 5 pm 
  • Distance: Variable 
  • Trails: Mostly off-road trails with natural surfaces
  • Level: Easy - This is an introductory ride taken at an easy pace  
  • Group Size: 8 people.
  • A refreshment stop mid-way (cost of refreshments is not included in the ride).
Skills Covered

Riding position, riding rough trails with gravelly or muddy surfaces with confidence, basic cornering and safe descending.

Is this ride for me? 

Taken at an easy pace this ride and is suitable for all as we pause along the route to practise on sections of trails.

The pace of the ride will be adapted to suit the cyclists on the day and the route may change to meet the capabilities of the group as a whole, the leader will make sure that no one is left out or behind!

Is my bike OK for this ride? 

The ride is suitable for all bikes.

There will be a basic bike check before each ride to ensure riders' safety, so please make sure your bike is in good condition with working brakes and gears, along with pumped up tyres and an oiled chain.

If in doubt, please get your bike checked over by a competent mechanic or bike shop before the ride. Here is a list of local bike shops we're happy to recommend. 

Remember to plan ahead, many bike shops are very busy and service slots are often booked out in advance.

What do I need to bring?
  • Helmet (wearing helmets is a must on our rides)
  • Spare inner tube
  • Snacks and Water
  • Rain jacket (if required)
  • Suitably warm/cool clothing for the weather
  • Sunscreen (as necessary)
What's included in the price?
  • British Cycling Qualified (Level 2) for the day 
  • Coaching hints and skill tips about 'off road' cycling
  • Pre-ride bike and helmet safety checks
  • Fixing mechanical faults/punctures where possible


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