E-Bike Skills Coaching

E-Bike specific skills coaching courses in the Peak District that will improve your technical skill and bike handling, build confidence and bike control through progressive teaching methods, whatever your ability.
So whether you are new to e-biking and want to grasp the fundamental basics, Or are you're a seasoned rider who wants to improve aspects of their riding to get the most out of an e-bike, then have a look at our open and private courses below.
Bring your own e-bike or hire one of ours you decide.

E-Bike Starter Course

£69.00 per person

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This course is designed for new riders wanting to learn how to handle and setup an e-bike for the first time or they wish to buy one and want a few pointers and build confidence before they do.  A relaxed day that takes you through the fundamental skills required to make you safer and more confident rider brushing up on the essential basics of e-mountain biking, we guarantee you’ll be wanting more after this course.

  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Rider Capacity: 6
  • Experience required: Beginner – You’ll be able to ride a bike but are new to e-bikes
  • Type of trails: Private skills course/Green trails 
  • Classroom session included: no
  • Hiring bike included: No, Hire bikes are available at extra cost.
  • Food Included: Yes (we will contact you after booking to review dietary requirements)
  • You’re over eighteen unless with an adult. Min legal age for riding an e-bike is fourteen years of age.
  • You’re curious over the new e-bike craze and want to know more
  • You have an e-bike and want to learn the basics and how to get the most out of this trick piece of kit.
  • You properly fancy testing an e-bike out to see what all the fuss is about but learning a few basic skills at the same time
  • You’d love to gain more confidence and control
  • Have a great day and come back with that e-bike smile.
  • Understanding e-bike controls, bike care and setup.
  • Understanding the importance of power modes, pedalling technique, gear selection and engagement.
  • Understanding of the e-bikes low centre of gravity
  • Correct cadence and how it affects bike performance and traction
  • Braking Techniques
  • How to corner safely
  • Using a dropper post to its full potential
  • Body positioning and balance
  • How to handle the extra speed and weight
  • How to look after your e-bike and undertake some critical trailside repairs
  • That E-Bikes are Rad! 

Location:  True North Cycle Hub, Upper Hulme. Leek. ST13 8TY

Meeting time: 10:00 – 15:00 

Once at the hub we will brief you on the days activity whilst you help yourself to a coffee, tea and pastry. From here we will set off to our private skills area just beneath the Roaches for an exciting days e-biking learning the fundamentals.

Towards the end of the course and if time permits we’ll put the new found skills into action and take in a small off-road loop to test them out.

 

Hire one of our amazing Haibike Allmtn 2.0 or 2020 Fantic e -bikes.

  • Full Day £50

 

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Secure Payment:

We accept most major credit and debit cards and with our secure booking system so booking your course couldn’t be easier. However if you’d prefer to book and pay over the phone please feel free to call us on 01538300517

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E-Bike Skills Improver Course

£79.00 per person

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Having developed the basic skills in the E-Bike Starter Course or your already a competent mountain biker this course delves a little deeper by really nailing those essential techniques to be able to safely and effectively execute more technical skills on what is effectively a really heavy bike. The techniques required are the same but the physics are a little different. We’ll use our experience from our years of e-biking to help you progress.

  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Rider Capacity: 6
  • Experience required: Intermediate – You’ll be already a competent mountain biker satisfying our grading criteria
  • Type of trails: Private skills course, Blue/Red Trails
  • Classroom session included: no
  • Hiring bike included: No, Hire bikes are available at extra cost.
  • Food Included: Yes (we will contact you after booking to review dietary requirements)
  • You’re over eighteen unless with an adult. Min legal age for riding an e-bike is fourteen years of age.
  • You’re curious over the new e-bike craze and want to learn more
  • You have an e-bike but you want to improve confidence and your current skills.
  • Develop more advanced skills on an e-bike
  • You’d love to gain more confidence and control
  • Have a great day and come back with that e-bike smile.
  • Review e-bike controls, bike care and bike set up
  • Review the importance of power modes, pedalling technique, gear selection and engagement.
  • Review cadence and how it affects bike performance and traction
  • Advanced Braking Techniques
  • Using the e-bikes low centre of gravity
  • Improve cornering technique on e-bike and implementing power boost out of corners
  • E-bike powered and non-powered wheel lifts
  • Dialling in Body positioning and balance
  • Handling the extra weight at speed
  • Tight cornering technique
  • E-bike pedal tapping
  • Using Trail Boost to overcome obstacles
  • Improving technique on Steep & loose climbs
  • Lift off – Perfecting the technique to safely get your wheels off the ground.
  • Pumping an e-bike

Location:  True North Cycle Hub, Upper Hulme. Leek. ST13 8TY

Meeting time: 10:00 – 15:00 

Once at the hub we will brief you on the days activity whilst you help yourself to a coffee, tea and pastry. From here we will set off to our private skills area just beneath the Roaches for an exciting days e-biking learning the fundamentals.

Towards the end of the course and if time permits we’ll put the new found skills into action and take in a small off-road loop to test them out.

 

Hire one of our amazing Haibike Allmtn 2.0 or 2020 Fantic e -bikes.

  • Full Day £50


Select Bikes at Checkout

Secure Payment:

We accept most major credit and debit cards and with our secure booking system so booking your course couldn’t be easier. However if you’d prefer to book and pay over the phone please feel free to call us on 01538300517

book-now

E-Bike Race Ready Course

£79.00 per person

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This full day course has been developed to give you, the rider, an insight into the growing discipline of e-bike enduro racing.

Our ‘Race Ready’ course focuses on more advanced skills and techniques to give you the confidence to enter your first e-bike race and prepares you for the slightly different approach to e-bike racing. We’ll look at specific skills required and help understand why these skills need to be applied in order to improve your speed and flow.

This course however isn’t just suitable for those wishing to race its an ideal course for riders wishing to improve their general trail riding and bring it to a new level.

  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Rider Capacity: 6
  • Experience required: Intermediate/Advanced –  Riders wanting to attempt an e-bike race and understand the different techniques and different approach required along with improving  e-bike specific skills
  • Type of trails: Private skills course, Black/Red trails
  • Classroom session included: no
  • Hiring bike included: No, Hire bikes are available at extra cost.
  • Food Included: Yes (we will contact you after booking to review dietary requirements)
  • You’re over eighteen unless with an adult. Min legal age for riding an e-bike is fourteen years of age.
  • You’re wanting to develop your skills to improve your general performance in particularly in an e-bike race.
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  • We will cover all the areas contained within the Improver Course but on slightly more technical terrain, we’ll concentrate in greater detail on the importance of how your Body Position, Footwork, Looking and Speed Control effect how you ride the trail.
  • The composition of the trail and the importance of set up for entry, mid corner and exit to maintain speed
  • The importance of pumping and conserving energy by making bike work with you and gain speed from the trail.
  • Understanding importance of ‘attention focus’ and when to use it. Use performance cues to focus your concentration. Cue statements help you to focus through challenging environments, situations, and negative obtrusive thoughts that impact performance.
  • Race tips from our coaches with years of racing experience.

Location:  True North Cycle Hub, Upper Hulme. Leek. ST13 8TY

Meeting time: 10:00 – 15:00 

Once at the hub we will brief you on the days activity whilst you help yourself to a coffee, tea and pastry. From here we will set off to our private skills area just beneath the Roaches for an exciting days e-biking learning the fundamentals.

Towards the end of the course and if time permits we’ll put the new found skills into action and take in a small off-road loop to test them out.

 

Hire one of our amazing Haibike Allmtn 2.0 or 2020 Fantic e -bikes.

  • Full Day £50


Select Bikes at Checkout

Secure Payment:

We accept most major credit and debit cards and with our secure booking system so booking your course couldn’t be easier. However if you’d prefer to book and pay over the phone please feel free to call us on 01538300517

book-now

Private Skills Session

from £135

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Our Private Coaching sessions are great for individuals or groups of friends wanting the most personal tuition and the best way to progress your riding or address a specific problem area, we offer bespoke full day mountain bike coaching sessions. 

Based from our Cycle Hub in Upper Hulme beneath the amazing Roaches we use our own private skills area and purpose made tracks with a number of features that enable us to concentrate on a specific skills.  This allows us to progress in a controlled environment so unlike other companies we don’t have to share our trails with anyone else so there’s no pressure and more time for you to grasp a technique and practice. If you want to combine skills training with a guided ride then we have some great natural Peak District riding on our doorstep, we also have multi-day options where we can help you with your accommodation if required and put together a weekend of coaching and natural riding to really accelerate your progress and to also put what you have learned into action out on the trail.

The content and level of the course can be tailored to suit your own or groups individual requirements. 

  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Rider Capacity: 1-6
  • Classroom session included: no
  • Hiring bike included: No, Hire bikes are available at extra cost.
  • Food Included: Yes (we will contact you after booking to review dietary requirements)
  • Private  1-to-1 Session – £240
  • Private  2-to-1 – £310 (£155 pp)
  • Private  3-to-1 – £405 (£135 pp)
  • Private groups between 4-6 – (£110 – £85pp)
  • Private Groups more than 6 – Contact us directly to discuss
  • You’re over eighteen unless with an adult. Min legal age for riding an e-bike is fourteen years of age.
  • Individual or groups wanting a private session  – Max group Size 4 – Contact us for larger groups.
  •  Those riders wanting to concentrate on a specific skill or skill set and get the best coaching experience
  • Experienced riders who’ve hit a plateau and want to improve
  • Novice racers wanting to improve their times
  • Riders wanting instruction in a familiar riding area of their choice.
  • This will be personal to your requirements and areas in which you may wish to concentrate on. We will discuss your requirements at booking stage, but if you have a look at our other courses to see what areas of development are available for you. 

Location:  True North Cycle Hub, Upper Hulme. Leek. ST13 8TY

Meeting time: 10:00 – 16:00 

Detailed instructions and Itineraries will be sent out at time of booking and after consultation.

 

Hire one of our amazing Haibike Allmtn 2.0 or 2020 Fantic e -bikes.

  • Full Day £50


Select Bikes at Checkout

Secure Payment:

We accept most major credit and debit cards and with our secure booking system so booking your course couldn’t be easier. However if you’d prefer to book and pay over the phone please feel free to call us on 01538300517

book-now

So, Why choose an e-bike course

Our range of E-MTB courses suit riders of all abilities from those new to mountain biking through to hardened riders wanting to try something new and try their hand at e-biking. Whether you’re looking to get into e-biking or get the best out of your own e-bike we will help to build skills and confidence.

  • E-MTB set up including tyre choice and correct pressures, functionality of the controls and suspension set-up
  • Understanding all the modes and how to use the gearing appropriately
  • Utilising modes efficiently to increase battery life and pedalling technique
  • How to handle the extra weight, controlling speed and adopting flow on a trail. Using features on a trail to aid grip and control
  • How to handle traction, especially on technical climbs and understanding the dynamics of body, feet and head positioning in all aspects of riding
  • Improving overall bike handling and skill through both physical and mental training approach in a structured format

Here at True North Adventures we have been involved with e-biking for a while, from setting up the first Peak District e-bike guiding company through to working with Lapierre and Haibike in testing and demonstrating bikes at large events. Our guides and instructors have been using and racing e-bikes in the UK and abroad with great results for a number of years.

We also use e-bikes ourselves to great effect to improve and maintain our own riding skills that is directly transferable to traditional mountain biking and racing. We’ve found that bike control and technique is improved from riding an e-bike as all body movements and inputs have be over emphasised due to the added weight and the centre of gravity. The specific skills and technique required takes a little more practice but our specific courses are dedicated to the e-bike. 

Which ever you look at it, whats not to love about them, blast up the trail only to get more runs in on the descents or travel further to explore new trails with less effort, its just amazing fun.

We have developed our own private trails and skills area with a number of dedicated features (enduro trail with varying size berms, corners, shutes, rock gardens, roots and ruts, drop offs, jumps and series of table tops), allowing us to focus on specific techniques allowing you to confidently get the most from your E-MTB on the technical sections and downhills too. Whether it’s carrying more speed through corners, hitting jumps and drops or improving your flow on technical trails we can help you.

We use slow motion technology to also give you a clear understanding and insight into your riding so you can visually identify where you’ve got it nailed or where you might need some improvement.

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Red/Blue - Mixture

  • Mainly aimed at Intermediate cyclist/mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills. 
  • Majority of gradients are moderate but may include short steep sections. Includes small Technical Trail Features (TTFs)
  • A good standard of fitness is required
  • There are some sections of terrain that is classified as Red Grade as described below – Guide will manage riders
  • Steeper and tougher  technical sections. Expect vary variable surface types.
  • A wide range of climbs and descents of a challenging nature will be present. Expect boardwalks, berms, large rocks, medium steps, drop-offs, cambers, water crossings. 

Mostly RED with a bit of BLACK

RED

  • Time on mountain bike: Riding 1-2 years
  • You have comfortably grasped basic bike handling skills on a mixture of single-track and paths, on uneven, loose and occasionally steep gradients, with some variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots. You are comfortable negotiating narrower trails around half a metre wide that are mostly stable with some variability. You are comfortable traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks and logs.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a red trail centre route

Black

  • Time on mountain bike: Riding for 2 + years
  • You are a confident mountain biker and have been riding technical terrain for at least 2 years including exposed single-track and rough trails, on uneven, loose and frequent steep gradients, with frequent variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots and small water bars. You are comfortable riding on narrow trails around a foot wide that vary greatly in their stability and may be unpredictable including loose rock. You are comfortable regularly traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, logs and drop offs up to hub height.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a black trail centre route
Private Courses - All abilities catered for

Green - Easy

  • Beginner/novice cyclists. Basic Bike Skills required. 
  • Relatively flat and wide. The trail surface may be loose uneven or muddy at times. May include short flowing singletrack style sections
  • Climbs and descents are mostly shallow. No challenging features.
  • Suitable for most people in good health.

Blue - Intermediate

  • Intermediate cyclist/mountain bikers with basic off-road riding skills. 
  • As “Green plus specially constructed single track. Trail surface may include small obstables of roots and rock.
  • Most gradients are moderate but may include short steep sections. Includes small Technical Trail Features (TTFs)
  • A good standard of fitness can help.

Red/Blue - Intermediate/Advanced

  • Mainly aimed at Intermediate cyclist/mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills and a mixture of moderate to difficult features.
  • Majority of gradients are moderate but may include short steep sections. Includes small Technical Trail Features (TTFs)
  • A good standard of fitness is required
  • There are some sections of terrain that is classified as Red Grade as described below – Guide will manage riders
  • Steeper and tougher  technical sections. Expect vary variable surface types.
  • A wide range of climbs and descents of a challenging nature will be present. Expect boardwalks, berms, large rocks, medium steps, drop-offs, cambers, water crossings. 
  • All features are walkable and not necessary to ride if preferable.

Red - Advanced

  • Proficient mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills having ridden and comfortable in technical terrain.
  • Steeper and tougher, mostly singletrack with technical sections. Expect vary variable surface types.
  • A wide range of climbs and descents of a challenging nature will be present. Expect boardwalks, berms, large rocks, medium steps, drop-offs, cambers, water crossings.
  • Higher level of fitness and stamina

Black - Severe

  • Expert mountain bike users, used to physically demanding routes.
  • As “Red” but with an expectation of greater challenge and continuous difficulty. Can include any useable trail surface and may include exposed open hill sections.
  • Expect large, committing and unavoidable Technical Trail Features (TTFs). Sections will be challenging and variable. May also have “downhill” style sections.
  • Suitable for very active people used to prolonged effort.

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Green - Easy

  • Beginner/novice cyclists. Basic Bike Skills required. 
  • Relatively flat and wide. The trail surface may be loose uneven or muddy at times. May include short flowing singletrack style sections
  • Climbs and descents are mostly shallow. No challenging features.
  • Suitable for most people in good health.

Blue - Moderate

  • Intermediate cyclist/mountain bikers with basic off-road riding skills. 
  • As “Green plus specially constructed single track. Trail surface may include small obstables of roots and rock.
  • Most gradients are moderate but may include short steep sections. Includes small Technical Trail Features (TTFs)
  • A good standard of fitness can help.

Red - Difficult

  • Proficient mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills having ridden and comfortable in technical terrain.
  • Steeper and tougher, mostly singletrack with technical sections. Expect vary variable surface types.
  • A wide range of climbs and descents of a challenging nature will be present. Expect boardwalks, berms, large rocks, medium steps, drop-offs, cambers, water crossings.
  • Higher level of fitness and stamina

Black - Severe

  • Expert mountain bike users, used to physically demanding routes.
  • As “Red” but with an expectation of greater challenge and continuous difficulty. Can include any useable trail surface and may include exposed open hill sections.
  • Expect large, committing and unavoidable Technical Trail Features (TTFs). Sections will be challenging and variable. May also have “downhill” style sections.
  • Suitable for very active people used to prolonged effort.

Technical and Fitness rating

There are so many amazing routes we have access to in the Peaks, so whether you are an individual or a group, we want to ensure the route is suitable for your fitness and technical ability.

We want to make sure everyone has an amazing time and experience and develops their confidence in a controlled way, and that all the group ride within their ability and comfort zone.

Each of our routes are assigned a technical and fitness grade so your able to assess if the adventure is right for you, it also allows us to plan the best route and ensure all riders are on a similar level when out riding together.

ONE Grade - TWO Components

Colour:

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The colours signify the technical diffculty of the route or adventure, just like a trail marker or ski piste.

If you are relatively new to the sport or looking to improve after a while out you should seek out GREEN and BLUE routes .

For intermediate and advanced riders after more challenging trails and routes then look for our RED or BLACK routes 

Bars:

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The bars signify the physical difficulty in climbing or distance, as we offer e-bike adventures the route will be as challenging technically but will be easier on a fitness level as you’ll be assisted.

1 Bar: Physically easy, generally flat routes with the potential for rolling terrain. Less than 500 meters climbing distance varies between 10-15km

2 Bars: A slight increase in difficulty than that of a 1 bar route, possibility of additional climbing with a duration between 1-2 hours

3 Bars: Much harder, a route graded with 3 bars will be good undertaking. Expect between 2-5 hours out on the bike depending on route and between 800-1500m of climbing

4 Bars:  The HARDEST routes we have in the Peaks. You’ll be climbing over 1500 meters and will be out between 4-8 hours depending on the route. 

Technical ratings

Green

  • Able to ride a bike:
  • Ridden one in the past but it’s been a few years
  • can understand gear selection
  • Skills: Limited mountain biking skills

Blue

  • Time on mountain bike: Relatively new, but have had a few rides on a mountain bike
  • You have basic bike handling skills. You are comfortable on a mixture of double tracks and estate roads that may have variable ground conditions around 1m wide. Shallow gradients, some rocks and roots but nothing too severe.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a Blue trail centre route

Red

  • Time on mountain bike: Riding 1-2 years
  • You have comfortably grasped basic bike handling skills on a mixture of single-track and paths, on uneven, loose and occasionally steep gradients, with some variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots. You are comfortable negotiating narrower trails around half a metre wide that are mostly stable with some variability. You are comfortable traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks and logs.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a red trail centre route

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  • Time on mountain bike: Riding for 2 + years
  • You are a confident mountain biker and have been riding technical terrain for at least 2 years including exposed single-track and rough trails, on uneven, loose and frequent steep gradients, with frequent variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots and small water bars. You are comfortable riding on narrow trails around a foot wide that vary greatly in their stability and may be unpredictable including loose rock. You are comfortable regularly traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, logs and drop offs up to hub height.
  • Skills: You would be comfortable on a black trail centre route