Dirt Vixens Mountain Bike Skills Coaching for Females
Dirt Vixens aims to cater for female mountain bikers of any level who want to improve their riding. Whether you are new to the sport and want to learn good technique from the start, or have been riding for a while but want to up the level, Dirt Vixens can help you achieve your goals.
I have found that some female bikers are reluctant to attend mixed group skills development sessions. There may be many reasons for this but I think the main one is that they are more comfortable developing their skills within a similar peer group. Whatever the reason Dirt Vixens provides a safe supporting but exciting opportunity for you to reach your full potential on a mountain bike.
The skills sessions run on roughly fortnightly basis and each class will last about 2 hours. Group size will be limited to no more than 8 students as this provides a level of tuition that is tailored to developing your skills in a very focused manner. The sessions are based in various locations around the north of Scotland from Inverness to Aberdeen, with the main focus being around Elgin In Moray.
Covering all aspects of mountain biking, other than downhill racing, the sessions use as their core Cycling Scotland's Go Mountain Bike (Go MTB) syllabus and British Cycling Gears 1 - 6, and provides certification of each skill level as it is achieved.
There are 5 levels within the syllabus which cover the most basic skills necessary for bike control right up to advanced riding techniques. The time taken to progress through each level will vary with the individual but should be relatively quick at the lower levels for most riders and will take longer for the more advanced levels. There is no onus on any pupil to complete all the levels and if anyone does not want to follow the certification route there is no need to do so.
About the Instructors
Jim Barron - Level 2 Coach, Instructor and Guide
Jim is one of the most experienced coaches of female mountain bikers in the country. He has many years mountain biking experience. He founded the Moray Mountain Bike Club in 2002 and was the president for several years and was part of the team that developed and built the Moray Monster Trails.
Jim holds Mountain Bike Leader Association qualifications at Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) level and at the highest level of guiding certification - Mountain Bike Leader (MBL), together with the Night Leader & Winter Leader Modules.
Jim is also qualified as a Go Mountain Bike Instructor with Cycling Scotland and can deliver skills training to the highest level - Level 5. Jim has also recently become a Scottish Cycling/British Cycling Level 2 Coach and holds the Level 2 MTB discipline specific unit. Jim is 1st aid trained and has been vetted by Disclosure Scotland to work with children and other vulnerable groups.
Anna Riddell - Instructor and Guide
As one of the original Dirt Vixens, Anna is an experienced rider who has been coaching and leading rides for number years. Anna is passionate about sharing her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with all riders. She has lead rides and coached skills sessions as an Active Schools Coordinator for Moray Council at both primary and secondary school level. She also volunteers for youth Mountain bike coaching in collaboration with the Moray Mountain Bike Club in Elgin, delivering 'girl only' sessions. She loves riding herself, and competes in events across Scotland.
Group Skills Sessions or 1 to 1 Coaching
What will I Be Doing?
The skills sessions will in part follow the 5 level syllabus laid out in the Go Mountain Bike proficiency course. We will of course offer a far wider set of skills coaching to suit your needs and demands.
Clients will progress through the various levels attaining more skills and confidence with each session. The initial levels of the course are relatively easy and most riders will attain the skill set necessary to complete them relatively quickly. These initial levels will establish a base and confidence level that should allow most riders to complete all the levels. Riders will progress at their own pace and their is no pressure to move on to the next level until you are confident to do so.
1 to 1 Skills Coaching Sessions
As the title implies these are conducted on a one to one basis and are completely bespoke to your needs. Sessions will normally be ½ day (3 hrs) as I have found that this is as long as most clients are able to usefully take in what they are working on and are physically spent after this time period. Despite the name if you preferred to do the session with a friend then this too can be accommodated and obviously the price per head would be less in this situation.
These session allow very focused attention to areas that you particularly want to develop and allow you to progress towards your goals at an accelerated pace. Recently I have we have delivered sessions specifically based around the skills that will be required for enduro racing and these have proven to be very popular.
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