Feb Half Term Skills Courses For kids

Published
28 Jan 2013

Back by popular demand are our 1/2 term off-road skills courses for kids.  Download Flyer.

Book early to avoid disappointment as these courses fill up quickly!

OPTION 1:
Tue 19th Feb, 10am - 12pm:
2 hrs  - essential skills, short ride
Wed 20th Feb, 10am - 1pm:
3 hrs – progress skills, longer ride

OPTION 2:
Thu 21st Feb, 10am - 12pm:
2 hrs - essential skills, short ride
Fri 22nd Feb, 10am - 1pm:
3 hrs – progress skills, longer ride

BIKE HIRE extra per session - £10

Please note that there are 2 options of 2 days each (Tues, Wed & Thu, Fri), however super-keen kids can do 3 or 4 sessions if they want extra practice and time on the bike :)  The only requirement is that in order to do one of the longer sessions (3 hrs) kids need to have done a preceding 2 hr session during the week or attended one of the other skills sessions at Bike Beans.

COURSE OUTLINE

We have a general itinerary, shown below, which we have left flexible enough to respond to the varying ages and abilities of the participants on each individual session.

We will run two sessions each day to accommodate the younger (6-10) and older age groups (11+). We will ensure that all children learn skills within their reach, to help them feel motivated and encouraged. The focus is primarily on skills and technique rather than stamina, although we want them to have some excitement exploring the area on their bikes too :)

In terms of routes, all courses start and finish at Bike Beans Cycle Cafe.  We ride up Crampshaw Lane, just up from Bike Beans off Rectory Lane, and head onto Stanes St bridleway, which gives us access to further bridleways heading out towards Langley Vale and Epsom Downs, or Headley, Mickleham Box Hill direction.  There are two ideal skills areas that we like to use (in addition to using the general trail); one at the first junction of Stanes St (nr Thirty Acre Barn junction), the other on Headley Common. 

We will leave Bike Beans promptly at 10am, so please ensure that you are there early so we can maximise our session.

Day 1, 10-12pm
•   Kit & bike checks, bike sizing, general off-road etiquette and safety brief
•   Beginner skills at Thirty Acre Barn junction: focus on the basics e.g. cornering/controlled braking/group spacing/line choice etc
•   Assess overall group ability (fitness & skills) for those attending the following session(s)
•   A short ride of the local area to bed-in these skills
•   Aim: teach skills that keep riders safer on trails

Day 2, 10-1pm
•   Further bike handling / skills practice
•   Longer ride - a culmination and continuation of the previous days activities
•   Stop off (pit stop) e.g. at Headley Heath Common whilst out on the trails

WHAT TO BRING:
1.    Bike suitable for off-road terrain
2.    Helmet (essential)
3.    Cycling gloves (if possible)
4.    Clothing appropriate for cycling (not loose or baggy trousers as these can get caught in the drive chain)
5.    Robust shoes (trainers or skate-type shoes)
6.    Small, light rucksack to carry the following:
7.    Water bottle
8.    Lightweight shower/waterproof in case of rain and an extra layer if it's cold weather
9.    Snacks if necessary (although we will start and finish at Bike Beans Café)
10.  Please ensure your child brings any medication he/she may need during the ride.

COSTS:
ONE session - £20    
TWO sessions - £35 
THREE sessions - £45
FOUR sessions - £55

Contact Mel on email: melanie@cloud9mtb.co.uk or ph: 07799416444 if you have any other questions or to book your child's place.

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