Young mountain biker riding off a drop in a mountain bike clinic for teenagers at Manly Dam

MTB Fundamentals for Teens


Mountain biking is experiencing a huge resurgence amongst teenagers. On our local trails we are seeing more and more young riders loving off-road riding.

With a sport like mountain biking, the rider's level of skill definitely makes a difference to their fun, satisfaction and safety! The sooner young riders are taught correct fundamental techniques, the sooner they can start developing new skills and tricks under their own steam. Without this basic toolkit of skills, progress can be very slow and they wlll soon become frustrated.

Our 3 hour teens fundamentals clinic is designed to be fun and educational for 13-16 year old riders who can already ride, pedal and have good control of a bike. The aim of the clinic is to teach the correct skills for cornering, braking, descending and climbing by teaching body positioning, braking technique, gear selection and pedalling technique. It'll also include an introduction to getting their wheels off the ground.

We know it can be tricky for young riders to find riding buddies and it's not always possible for Mum or Dad to take them out for a ride. So we're adding on a supervised 1.5 hour social ride to the clinic on a future Sunday, where riders can put into practice the skills learnt and have a chance to ride with each other and meet other riders to shred the trails with - once riders have attended a teens clinic they are invited along to the future social rides. Mum and Dad will be welcome to join in too!


Manly Dam & surrounds, Sydney, NSW

Clinic Dates:

What you'll need to bring:

  • Mountain bike - please make sure your bike is mechanically sound and clean. 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 - there will be a maximum of 10 participants on the day, ensuring plenty of attention for everyone

  • A fun and challenging three hours on your mountain bike plus a social ride to put it all into practice and meet other riding buddies

Registration Information:

  • Cost for the skills clinic and social ride is $80. Please note our refund policy

  • 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


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