What to expect

You will build confidence, gain new skills, and have fun!

On the day

Each group course will be 3 hours long, meeting at 10am and finishing at 1pm. Please arrive in plenty of time to pay for parking, sort out your equipment and be ready to ride for 10am. Your coach will meet you outside the Pedal a bike away centre for 10am for a brief introduction and chat to the group and then you will head out on to the trails from there. Please make sure you have filled in your emergency contact details and consent form before arriving.

Each course may vary slightly in terms of trails and skills coached depending on the riders booked on to the course on the day.

Equipment needed

A mountain bike specific, fully certified helmet is compulsory for our coaching sessions. Please ensure you wear a helmet suited to the style of riding you will be doing throughout the session, any questions about this please don’t hesitate to ask. For our enduro and downhill courses we strongly recommend a full face helmet.

Please ensure your bike is in full working condition before you attend the course to avoid any wasted time during your session. There is a bike workshop on site at Pedal a bike away if you need any last minute work doing or if you would prefer to hire a bike you can do this via Pedal a bike away either online or on the day (depending on availability).

We will be out on the trails for the full 3 hours so please bring enough food and water for the full session. Your blood sugar levels and hydration are key to keep you focused during the session so please bring enough food and water to keep you hydrated and your energy levels high.

We highly recommend you bring waterproof clothing and extra layers as the weather may be changeable so please pack for all conditions. For all of our coaching session we highly recommend wearing knee pads, elbow pads, gloves and any other body protection you normally wear whilst you are riding. We advise bringing a spare tube, pump and multi-tool to avoid your day ending early, we expect everyone to carry their own spare as your coach will not have any extra equipment on them. There is a shop and workshop on site if you need any last minute spares.


For all our coaching sessions we will meet outside the Pedal-a-bike-away cafe in the Forest of Dean, Cannop cycle centre. 

Pedalabikeway Cycle Centre Cannop Valley
Nr. Coleford
Forest of Dean
GL16 &EH


If for any reason we have to cancel due to extreme weather conditions you will be offered a full refund or another date to attend the next course we are running.

In any case we will update you as early as possible with the contact details you provided. 

Any other questions

If you have any questions regarding your coaching session or would like something more bespoke please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact form .