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Mountain bike coaching lesson at Bantry Bay reserve in Seaforth

Mountain Bike Fundamentals

MTB Fundamentals: Welcome

This is our most popular clinic because you’ll learn all the basic MTB skills you need to stay safe and ride with greater control and have more FUN! 


It’s aimed at riders who want to learn the fundamental skills of mountain biking, and also those who are looking to improve their technical riding skills, confidence in rough terrain, and ultimately increase their enjoyment of riding.


With a low student to teacher ratio, we ensure plenty of attention and instruction for everyone. The skills and drills we’ll teach will be tailored to ensure everyone gets the most out of the session.

Please note that E-bike riders are absolutely welcome at this clinic! 


Manly Dam & surrounds, Sydney, NSW

Clinic dates:

  • Sunday 23 June 2024, 8.30am-12.30pm

  • Sunday 18 August 2024, 8.30am-12.30pm

What we'll be covering in this fundamentals skills clinic:

  • Bike safety & setup - ensuring your bike is mechanically sound, comfortable, and suitably set up for your riding style

  • Body position and weight distribution - understanding the effect of your body position on the bike

  • Balance skills - for control at low speed and in the tight stuff

  • Braking - which brake does what and how to brake for best result

  • Cornering and singletrack technique - learn to rail your favourite singletrack!

  • Ascending & descending - body position, gear selection, line choice

  • Clearing obstacles - unweighting and intro to wheel lifts

Is this clinic for me?

  • You’ll need to have a reasonable amount of bike riding experience

  • You’ll be riding on and off for 4 hours, so you’ll need a moderate level of fitness

  • Are you ready to challenge yourself?

  • Do you own, or plan to own a mountain bike, either hardtail (front suspension only) or a dual suspension bike?

What you'll need to bring:

  • Mountain bike - please make sure your bike is mechanically sound and clean. As well as the more obvious safety points, your bike must have handlebar end plugs fitted. Bike hire option also available ... see below!

  • Bike gear - helmet (Australian Standards AS/NZS 2063 approved), gloves, shoes, sunnies

  • Spares & tools - tube, chain link, multi-tool, mini-pump

  • Water - please make sure you bring with you bottles and/or hydration pack full of water

  • Snacks

What's provided:

  • Small group tuition - coach to participant ratio of 1:6, ensuring plenty of attention for everyone

  • A fun and challenging four hours on your mountain bike

Optional Bike Hire:

  • Bike Hire may be available for an additional cost of $65. Contact us at the time of booking the clinic to discuss.

Registration Information:

  • Clinic Fee: $130 (includes GST). Please note our refund policy

  • Places are limited to 10; minimum age for participants is 14 (feel free to contact us to discuss if your child would like to attend)

  • Chocolate Foot is covered by its own Public Liability Insurance. You are responsible for your own Personal Injury Insurance and Ambulance Cover.

  • Final information will be sent by email to all participants in the week prior to the clinic

MTB Fundamentals: About Me


Man riding mountain bike


Thank you for a good and helpful day on the bike. It was a good way to check which of the basics I still need to work on. I’m looking forward to a quick spin the park tomorrow arvo practicing some of that stuff, and then trying the trails out with a new focus on the weekend. 

Man riding mountain bike on trail


Everything was great! It reinforces what I think I know about the basics and corrected what I have been doing wrong!

Female mountain biker


Great Saturday with Fiona & Joe on the MTB Skills Clinic. The course starts with basic skills and uses those to build on until we were descending off steep hills, and ascending in the right way + riding over obstacles. I feel more confident on the bike with everything I’ve learnt. Thank you, a fantastic way to spend a day!

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