Saturday Club 1
Our Saturday Club 1 is a fun relaxed environment for younger riders (recomended age 7-10 years old however these courses are ability based) to have a safe introduction to mountain biking and the core fundamentals. Regular attendance will mean younger riders get the most from their time on the trails and ride with greater confidence, young riders can move up to the Saturday Club 2 as they develop. Understanding core fundamentals that are the foundations of progression will ensure a more rapid rise in ability. Once established these core skills can be developed and applied to more technical trail features. If you are unsure whether this course is for your child please contact our coach at [email protected]
Generally this club uses our Beginner & Intermediate trails and covers the following technical skills
- Find the ‘pocket' - a safe place to be
- Corner with confidence
- Pump for speed and traction
- Develop control
- Ride with confidence
Additional Info / Typical questions
How good to attendees have to be? – We welcome all riders but to get the most from the sessions riders should have a reasonable level of confidence in an on-road environment, able to stand up on their pedals and cruise on flat terrain. No previous trail riding experience is required.
What sort of Bike do I need? Although you do not need a high-end bike it needs to be a good quality mountain bike suitable for the terrain in the park and in good working order. The bike should be equipped with off road tyres, working gears and brakes (preferably disc brakes) and bar end plugs are essential. All bikes should be equipped with a minimum of front suspension & 20inch Wheels. How to ensure the bike is suitable for use at BPW can be found here or alternatively contact our coach who can advise.
How fit do attendees need to be? A reasonable base level of fitness is required but distance is not a big factor in our coaching sessions
Can parents watch? - Due to the nature of the trails and coaching it is not possible for parents to stay and watch but it's a good opportunity to ride the Park (subject to buying a day pass) while your young ones are being coached.
What Protective gear is recommended? A Helmet is an essential and mandatory piece of kit. Gloves and knee pads are highly recommended. Other types of body armour can be used as you see fit although there is a strong emphasis in the session on riding to your ability and saying in control even when applying new techniques to more challenging terrain.
What ages is the club suitable for? The club is recommended for 6-10 year olds. We have a more advance club (Saturday Club 2) for older and/or more experienced riders. Our coach will recommend if your child would benefit from being part of the more advanced group.
Does the course include uplift? No, from our experience children are too tired by this point to safely ride all day.
Below are some guidelines on the difficulty of our courses, it is a designed to ensure you do not book on a course that is too difficult for you.
These are the minimum requirements to ensure that the group functions effectively. If your skills are above the minimum requirement you can still book on and learn a lot from the course. For example you may ride black runs weekly but have a skills gap regarding corners. Carving Corners is an intermediate course and is therefore suitable for you as an advanced rider.
Intermediate – For riders who can ride green or blue runs at BikePark Wales. Recommended for those who ride off road less than once a month or those getting back into riding after time off.
Advanced – For riders who can confidently ride blue runs and who occasionally tackle red runs at BikePark Wales. Recommended for those who ride off road every two to four weeks
Expert – For riders who can confidently ride red runs and who occasionally tackle black runs at BikePark Wales. We recommend this is for riders who ride off road regularly, at least weekly.