Open Courses Spring 2018

Saturday 17th MarchNavigation essentials

Finding your way with map and compass the old fashioned way when your GPS batteries finish or mountain rescue ask “where are you?” and you’re a bit tongue tied.

Location – Meet In the Parish Rooms of St James Church, Harvieston Rd, Dollar 09:00 – 5pm Tea and Coffee provided during the indoor session, but bring food and drink for the day, and a working bike, helmet and suitable clothing – nothing more than blue graded trails, distance travelled no more than 25km. Based on forestry tracks, paths and open moorland with some shorter sections of single track on occasion. This is more about the navigation than the riding as such. We'll be driving up to the start of the ride from Dollar centre to start the practical session.

Up to 12 Places £30 each for the day – Minimum 4 people

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Thursday 22nd March – Basic Trailside repairs 

Rolling back to basics this short evening session will look at performing basic repairs to get you going again on your ride. 6:30 – 8:30 – outside entirely prepare for it to be wet and cold and muddy – just like a real ride. Meet at Gartmorn Dam visitor centre, Sauchie, Alloa.

Up to 10 places - £10 each for the session – no minimum

Saturday 24th March - Dunkeld for the Enduro Curious

A guided day riding around the Dunkeld area for anyone considering riding enduro trails or wanting to dip their toe into racing. Are you looking for top tips for riding enduros, want to find out what it’s like without fully committing and strapping the number plate on? This is a great way to get a feel, get some info, and get yourself ready for the world of enduro. Location – from the Hermitage upper car park at 09:30 to 5pm with opportunities to pick up food on the way. Open Face Helmet under 3 years old, gloves and knee pads essential, more protection recommended but optional. Terrain will be steep, may be muddy and it will have rocks and trees in it. You and your bike should be ready for this, you should both ride high end red trails as a minimum with ease, and you should have suitable tyres fitted to your bike for steep loam and shaley trails. Similar to the Race It! day this day is more guided than coached.

Up to 6 places – 3 minimum £45 each

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Saturday 21st April – Real World Riding Grand day out – free guided ride from the Tweed Valley.

This is a 30km trail with nothing more technical than Blue trail, with some road and double track heading across the Borders from just outside Peebles toward Moffat, some large climbs and of course some cracking single-track too. Fully operational bike essential as are an open face helmet and gloves, pads are recommended but optional. This is a social ride to meet like-minded riders and find out more about the Real World Riding approach to guiding and the opportunities open this summer.

Up to 8 places – FREE – no minimum - some transport available from Alloa on request

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Thursday night sessions

will be back in May – 6:30 - dark

Evening sessions focussing on a specific skills area – these sessions of coaching are rider led and held at various venues depending on the focus for the evening – booking through fb recommended as there is a maximum ratio of 1:8 although there is no minimum - £10 a session. Dates to be announced through facebook, and on website. Turn up on the night, but those who book will be given preference if more than 8 arrive.

Saturday 12th May – Venue Glentress

Morning (4 hrs) – “Welcome to Gnarnia” based off piste at Glentress – up to 4 people £40 each minimum 2 riders. Half day looking at flow on steep trail. 08:30 – 12:30

Afternoon (4 Hrs) – “Flight School” Focussing on developing jumping skills and using them on the trail – based at the Buzzard’s nest. – up to 4 people £40 each, minimum 2 riders. 1:30pm to 5:30pm

Saturday 19th May - Glen Doll & Loch Mhic epic

Venue Glen Doll (Angus Glens) – Big mountain epic ride climbing through Glen Doll, hike a bike to the head of Coire Claish for the awesome and technical (Dark red with big consequences) descent from the head of the valley to Loch Muick and then head to the Spittal of Glen Muick for the second big climb of the day and the physical switchbacks back down to Glen Doll – this is a big day out and will need skill, stamina, and determination, but reaps an awesome day out for those committed to big days and some technical trail. Meet Glen Doll visitor centre 09:00, back when we get back, it’s a big day.

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Some transport from Alloa available - please enquire