Skills Academy - Pedal Progression

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2021 Academy sessions

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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.

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

1st June – 2pm – girls session

3rd June – 2pm – girls session

4th June – 2pm

5th June – 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:

1st June – 10am – girls session

1st June – 2pm

Cornering: 2.5 hours £25:

2nd June – 10am – girls session

2nd June – 2pm

Pumping and wheel lifts: 2.5 hours £25:

3rd June – 10am – girls session

3rd June -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:

1st June 10am

Manuals and Drops: 2.5 hours £25:

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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:

3rd June – 10am

4th June – 10am – girls session

Cornering: 2.5 hours £25:

4th June – 10am

4th June – 2pm – girls session

Jumps: 2.5 hours £25:

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Drops: 2.5 hours £25:

4th June – 2pm

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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