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Group of female mountain bikers

Women's Weekday MTB Skills

MTB Fundamentals for Women: Welcome
MTB Fundamentals for Women: About Me

This program is aimed at both novice female riders who want to learn the fundamental skills of mountain biking, and also those who may be more experienced but are looking to improve their riding skills, confidence in rough terrain, and ultimately their enjoyment of riding! Each week we'll learn or refine a skill then head out on to the trail to put it into practice. This structured program gives riders the opportunity to progress their riding with the added bonus of forming friendships with potential new riding buddies.

There are two different versions of his program - one for the novice rider, and one for the intermediate rider. While the skills covered in the tuition will be largely the same, the trail riding component will be different for each, in order to adequately challenge and progress every rider.

Each program is four weeks' duration, with an option to extend for another few weeks as we usually find that everyone wants more!


Manly Dam & surrounds, Sydney, NSW

Clinic Dates:

  • Novice - Mondays, 7.00-8.30am, with next dates TBC. Submit an Expression of Interest.

  • Intermediate - Wednesdays 8, 15, 22, 29 May (with Wednesdays in June as wet weather options plus optional additional dates), 7.00-8.30am

What we'll be covering in this program:

  • 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

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

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

  • Clearing obstacles - unweighting and wheel lifts

Is this clinic for me?

  • For the novice program, you’ll need to have a reasonable amount of bike riding experience - but if you've never ridden off road, that's fine.

  • For the intermediate program, you have been mountain biking for a while and are ready to expand your range of skills and ride more challenging trail features. For example, if you find yourself walking small sections of the Manly Dam trail or choosing to take the B-lines, then this program is for you!

  • If you're a mountain biker and keen for a weekly session of challenge, fun, and great camaraderie with other women - then yes!

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 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 coach to participant ratio of 1:6, ensuring plenty of attention for everyone

  • A fun and challenging four weeks on your mountain bike 

Registration Information:

  • Clinic fee is $160 (includes GST) for the 4 week program. Please note our refund policy

  • Places are limited to 6 per class; minimum age for participants is 14

  • 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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