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Entry Hill Bath Skills Academy Taster Sessions – Scroll to bottom of the page.

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.

Age 5+ Open Session and Taster

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. Designed primarily for children aged 5-6 they can also be a great experience for slightly older kids who just want to dip a toe in and find out if mountain biking is for them.

Open Session: 1 hour sessions £10

26th July – 2pm – girls session

26th July – 2pm

27th July – 2pm – girls session

3rd August – 2pm

17th Aug – 2pm – girls session

17th Aug – 2pm

24th August – 2pm

25th August – 2pm

Age 7+ Coaching Pathway, Course and Session Information

Our 7+ coaching pathway starts with the fundamentals then takes children onto more advanced skills, technical features and trails whilst progressing their riding in a safe, enjoyable and exciting learning environment.

It’s really important to us that all participants have a really positive mountain biking experience. For this reason we would ask you to take some time to look at the options and book them on an appropriate session for their ability. More detail can be found by clicking through to the event via the calendar below.

Fundamentals Blue Grade Sessions – Complete all three and get free stickers and a water bottle! We would highly recommend you do these three sessions in sequence, always completing core skills first. Your child will understand concepts covered in cornering and pumping and manuals far more easily if they have completed core skills.

Core Skills: 2.5 hours £25:

26th July – 10am – girls session

26th July – 10am

30th July – 10am – NEW SESSION ADDED 15th July

3rd August – 10am

17th August – 10am – girls session

17th August – 10am

24th August – 10am

Cornering: 2.5 hours £25:

27th July – 10am – girls session

27th July – 10am

4th August – 10am

18th August – 10am

25th August – 10am

Pumping and wheel lifts: 2.5 hours £25:

28th July – 10am – girls session

28th July – 2pm

4th August – 2pm

Advanced Trail Tech Red Grade Sessions – Complete all three and get free stickers and a water bottle! You will need to have done all three of the blue grade sessions and/or get a sign off from one of our coaches before moving on to this more advanced level.

Steep and Tech: 2.5 hours £25:

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Pumping and Jumps: 2.5 hours £25:

3rd August 10am – NEW SESSION ADDED 15th July

Manuals and Drops: 2.5 hours £25:

18th August 2pm –

11+ Coaching Pathway, Course and Session Information

Older riders tend to have either been through our 7+ coaching pathway or are a little more confident to start with, having been riding a bike for longer. Again, we would encourage you to have a look at the description for each session and book your child onto one that feels appropriate for their ability. If your child is 11+ but a little less confident or less experienced booking them onto a 7+ session to begin with could be a great confidence boost. If you are unsure please give us a call and ask to speak to one of our coaches.

Core Skills: 2.5 hours £25:

26th July – 2pm

30th July 2pm – NEW SESSION ADDED 15th July

4th August – 2pm

9th August – 10am

17th August – 10am – girls session

19th August – 10am

24th August – 10am – girls session

Cornering: 2.5 hours £25:

27th July – 2pm

Jumps: 2.5 hours £25:

10th August – 10am

25th August – 10am

Drops: 2.5 hours £25:

6th August – 2pm

11th August – 10am

18th August – 10am – girls session

20th August – 10am

Entry Hill Mountain Bike Coaching Taster Sessions – Booking Opens Saturday 17th July 10am

You may have heard we are due to open a new site in the future at Entry Hill in Bath – you can find out more here. This summer we will be on site running mountain bike coaching taster sessions for kid’s so we can meet the locals and they can find out who we are and what we are about. As yet there are no purpose built tracks, but there are plenty of open fields, grassy slopes and paths where we can teach young riders how to ride more confidently off road. You’ll find more session content detail in each blurb. Age groups, dates and times are as follows:

Taster 5+ : 1 hour £10

29th July – 11:00

5th August – 11:00

12th August – 11:00

Taster 7+ : 1.5 hours £15

29th July – 13:30

5th August – 13:30

12th August – 13:30

Taster 11+ : 1.5 hours £15

29th July – 15:30

5th August – 15:30

12th August – 15:30

Once you have found the course that suits your child. Click the book now button, find the date on the calendar and click through to make your booking. 

You will receive this session information once you have booked. If for any reason you don’t you’ll also find a copy here.

If we ask you to print and fill in a paper H&S form you can find it here. 

Cancellations: We will always do our best not to cancel a session. However, there are some weather conditions which we would deem to be unsafe to coach children in. These are normally conditions that would lead to an amber weather warning. If we do need to cancel we will notify you at the latest 6pm the day prior to the session. If we have not contacted you by then the session will go ahead.

If we need to cancel for any reason you will be offered a credit for a future session, a gift voucher (which can be spent on any of our products or services) or if you don’t think you will have any future need for these, a full refund.

If you child is experiencing symtoms of coronavirus do not bring them to a session. Please email: and we will be able to discuss your cancellation options.

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