Chocolate Foot

Putting our best foot forward

MTB Fundamentals

Upcoming Skills Clinic Dates:

  • Sunday 29 September 2019, 8.30am-12.30pm
  • Saturday 16 November 2019, 8.30am-12.30pm

Location: Manly Dam

IMG 6569This is our most popular clinic and it’s aimed at riders who want to learn the fundamental skills of mountain biking, and also those who are looking to improve their technical riding skills, confidence in rough terrain, and ultimately their enjoyment of riding! With a low student to teacher ratio, we ensure plenty of attention and instruction for everyone. The skills and drills we’ll teach will be tailored to ensure everyone gets the most out of the session.

Fiona Dick & Joe Ward are your instructors for the skills day. With a wealth of knowledge and experience between them, and great feedback from our skills clinics, they are committed to ensuring you have a productive, fun day on the bike and are happy to answer any questions you may have. Our main goal is to see everyone having fun on their bikes learning new skills and riding more confidently by the end of the day!

What we'll be covering in the skills clinic:

  • Bike safety & setup - ensuring your bike is mechanically sound, comfortable, and suitably set up for your riding style
  • Body position and weight distribution - understanding the effect of your body position on the bike
  • Balance skills - for control at low speed and in the tight stuff
  • Braking - which brake does what and how to brake for best result
  • Cornering and singletrack technique - learn to rail your favourite singletrack!
  • Ascending & descending - body position, gear selection, line choice
  • Clearing obstacles - unweighting and intro to wheel lifts

Is this clinic for me?

  • You’ll need to have a reasonable amount of bike riding experience
  • You’ll be riding on and off for 4 hours, so you’ll need a moderate level of fitness
  • Are you ready to challenge yourself?
  • Do you own, or plan to own a mountain bike, either hardtail (front suspension only) or a dual suspension bike?

What you'll need to bring:

  • Mountain bike - please make sure your bike is mechanically sound and clean. Bike hire option also available ... see below!
  • Bike gear - helmet (Australian Standards AS/NZS 2063 approved), gloves, shoes, sunnies
  • Spares & tools - tube, chain link, multi-tool, mini-pump
  • Water - please make sure you bring with you bottles and/or hydration pack full of water
  • Snacks

IMG 6221What's provided:

  • Small group tuition - there will be a maximum of 10 participants on the day, ensuring plenty of attention for everyone
  • A fun and challenging four hours on your mountain bike 

Optional Bike Hire:

  • Bike Hire - 2018 Norco Sight dual suspension bikes are available to hire for the session, and can be added to your registration for an additional cost of $65.

Registration Information:

  • Cost for the skills clinic is $100. Please note our refund policy
  • Places are limited to 10; minimum age for participants is 18 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss if you are under 18 and wish to attend)
  • Chocolate Foot is covered by its own Public Liability Insurance. You are responsible for your own Personal Injury Insurance and Ambulance Cover.
  • Final information will be sent by email to all participants in the week prior to the clinic
  • Registration: Sunday 29 September 2019
  • Registration: Saturday 16 November 2019


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