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New Skills Clinics at Manly Dam!

IMG 6569Dear All

Well, needless to say it’s been a little bit warm of late so we’ve been finding ourselves getting up pretty early for rides including the regular Manly Cycles social rides. Come join us for a pre-work pedal!

Our big news this week is that for the first time ever, Northern Beaches Council has granted permission to run skills clinics and tuition at Sydney’s iconic trail: Manly Dam!

New Skills Clinic Program for 2017! Now at Manly Dam!

After badgering the Northern Beaches Council to allow us to run skills clinics at for the super popular Manly Dam trails for some years now, they have finally given us the go ahead to do it!

We’re going to offer a range of opportunities for various skill levels and times so if you’re keen to conquer the dam then we’ll most likely have something to suit you!

Demystifying the Dam

IMG 6579We ran this clinic during Bike Week and got a great response! In 3 hours we’ll teach you the essential skills you’ll need for the specific needs of riding the tough sandstone trails, starting with skills practice on grass and then applying it to the trails. Out on the trail we’ll demonstrate and teach how to ride difficult parts and then help you conquer them!

Course dates: 4 March, 29 April, 14 May

Dam Busting

A series of four shorter sessions where we will take participants around Manly Dam, sessioning the hard bits and giving you tips and techniques to make your lap of Manly Dam more enjoyable and dare we say - a bit quicker! The 4 sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings on 1, 8, 22 & 29 March at 6pm.

Beginner MTB Skills

IMG 6498Our continually popular Beginner MTB Skills clinics are back for 2017. This is suited to novice riders or converts from road cycling as we teach you everything from balance, body positioning, braking, cornering, climbing and descending. Participants who say they have been riding since they were a kid tell us they have gained so much confidence by knowing exactly what to do and why they’re doing it! You can never have too much skill!

Course dates: 11 March, 7 May

Intermediate MTB Skills

We build upon the skills taught in the beginner clinic to teach you have to ride faster, smoother and better than before. Held at Manly Dam we’ll teach you how to ride the more difficult lines and how to be more efficient and save energy, which in turn means you can ride further for longer.

IMG 6229Course dates: 1 April, 27 May

Women's Intermediate MTB Skills

Same as above but for women only. These clinics always have a really fun and supportive vibe! Good times!

Course date: 30 April

Head to the website for more information and registration links for all of these clinics.

One-on-One / Small Group Tuition

We also offer private or small group tuition, so if you can't make a group clinic or want private coaching, get in touch! These can be scheduled for any day of the week, and can be held at St Ives Showground or Manly Dam. We are also happy to travel to a location of your choice if the landowner permits it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to explore this option.

Social Rides

We're involved in a bunch of regular social rides on Sydney's Northern Beaches. The regular rides include beginner and intermediate women’s MTB and road training rides. As mentioned at the top, we regularly ride and lead the Manly Cycles social rides, details posted here:

Also check out the website for more info - more dates will be posted soon!

That's it for now, wishing you a great weekend out on the trails!


Fi & Joe