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Mountain Bike Instructor Profile - Mike

My first mountain bike was a fully ridgid 18 speed Muddy Fox and to say it wasn't an attractive bike would be an understatement,       it was dog ugly! The whole bike had been resprayed with bright red paint, from the     spokes to the peddles to the cranks the whole thing was covered. That was back in 1989 and  at the time I was riding road bikes and doing triathlons. My first off road ride was a revalation, riding down steps through rough wood tracks  and at one point down a small section of   railway (just to see if i could) -  That was the turning point for me: when I made the leap from being a roadie to a true mountain biker and I haven't looked back since.

What fascinates me most about mountain  biking is that it brings with it such a freedom     of expression - and the more skills you have   the more you get out of it! It' just like good skiers    or snowboarders - they get to release   a bit of their creative spirit in the great outdoors.

And mountain biking is the same, only with a little more mud and sweat!

Mountain biking means different things to different people. For some it' a way of keeping     fit, a way of hanging out with friends, a way of getting a good dose of fresh air...

arrowBut ultimately, people are catching on to the fact that it' not just a trundle along the canal. The intended uses of mountain bikes has changed and, for those who are looking

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for a few thrills, it can be a sport that offers so much more.

The great thing about the skills courses is that riders actually see in real terms what biking can be about. I get a real buzz and satisfaction out of seeing people achieve something they couldn' do before: imparting knowledge about mountain biking seems like the natural thing to do.

There' always a great sense of commoradory, which you can see from the Facebook group and the Bike Blog, and no matter what walks of life people come from, by the end of the course, there is a great sense of achievement and friendship. My advice to any wannabe rider is to grab, beg or borrow a bike and come along. Choose a ride to suit your ability - and enjoy.

Qualifications

  • Mias Mountain Bike Leader level 2

  • Mias Mountain Bike Leader Award assessor level 4

  • ABCC mountain bike coach

  • Holder of outdoor specific first aid certificate.

  • 20 years’ experience instructing

  • 20 years’ experience riding mountain bikes

  • Has ridden extensively in the UK

  • Has ridden in France, Italy, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Andorra, several Greek islands, Cyprus and Tanzania to Kenya.