Skills Academy - Pedal Progression

Skills Academy

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The Pedal Progression Skills Academy is our kids coaching program. We offer a variety of sessions as laid out below. Please take some time to familiarise yourself with your options and have a look through the calendar at the bottom of the page to see what’s on. All sessions start and finish at our Ashton Court base in Bristol.



Session Prices: 1.5 hours – £10. 3 hours £20, 5 hours – £35, 6 hours – £42

Fundamentals Beginners/Improvers 2 day Course 7-10s.

Our fundamentals 2 day course is designed to be most effective if both sessions are booked together. However due to time we appreciate you may not be able to do this, so we have constructed them so each day will work as a stand-alone session so you can just book one! All sessions will include the learning and consolidation of good body position as well as another specific core mountain bike skill. Each session will also include a mechanical lesson so your kids will start to become more self sufficient riders! If your child completes a course by participating in both parts they will get a certificate of completion! The sessions will run 10:00 – 15:00, there will be a supervised half hour lunch break (please bring a packed lunch).

Part 1 – Body position, cornering, puncture repair.


Part 2 – Body position, pumping, chain repair. 


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Open Sessions

The Open Sessions are guided rides where we can offer coaching advice, hints and tips on how to ride faster, safer and with more confidence and flow. These are ideal for kids who want a one-off taster or progression over multiple sessions.  Your child does not need to have been mountain biking before but we’d ask that they’ve had experience riding on grass and gravel surfaces ahead of their session. They need to be able to get started and ride confidently without stabilisers, control their speed and direction. For more info you can read our blog – linked below.

Open Session Dates for 5-6s

What is it? These Open Sessions aim to give younger children a fun experience, building confidence and planting the seed of great technique along the way. They are ideal for your child as a one off or for progression over multiple sessions. This session is for 5 to 6 year olds who can ride confidently over grass and gravel without stabilisers. They should be able get going and keep momentum without additional adult support.

Open Session Beginners/Taster

The Open Sessions are guided rides where we offer coaching advice, hints and tips on how to ride faster and with more confidence and flow. This session is for children aged 7 to 10 years old and costs £20 for 3 hours. Suitable for children who can confidently ride a bike without stabilisers. They don’t need to have been ‘Mountain Biking’ before. This is a shorter session for kids who are 7-10 and not sure if they are going to get into it long term but want to give it a try to get a first taste of what mountain biking is all about.

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Advanced Trail Tech. (Faster paced and over more technical terrain (blue/red trails) for more experienced riders.

‘Advanced Trail Technique’ course for 7-10’s and 11-14’s are aimed at youngsters who want to take their trail riding to the next level. The ride will be faster paced, and the trails more technical. Sessions will focus on specific skills which will be needed by more experienced riders. If the session is 3 hours we will focus on a specific skills – listed below. If the session is 5/6 hours we will learn and practice, body position, skills for steep trails, manuals, bunny hops, jumps drops and technical climbs. Your child should be confident riding blue trails in the ready postion (standing up) and have some experience on reds. If you are unsure about whether this would be right for your child please contact us.





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Our Little Rippers sessions are organised and guided by Ollie. Click here to find out more about him. He can be contacted by email

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