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CTC qualified skills tuition and technical trail leadership. Whether you are an absolute beginner or an experienced rider looking to brush up your skills we can take an in depth look at your riding and help you ride faster, smoother and more confidently. Alternatively why not come out for a guided ride and maybe learn some new routes.

First of all let me introduce myself, I am Jimbo and I’ve been running guided rides on a Tuesday night in Worthing since 1993 when I worked at a long departed bike shop called Extreme Sports. I left Extreme, but I continued to run the rides for them and when they shut up shop I carried on organising rides for the group of friends I had built up in my time there. Fast forward to when I got my first internet connection and I created the Sussex-MTB web site one evening because there was nothing on tv! Eventually the site got a forum and we started using that to organise rides and it has carried on that way since 2000. I completed the West Sussex County Council course for Mountain Bike Leaders and started doing various guided rides for local shops and groups. Back in March 2010 I attended a MTB skills course and over the course of the day I was blown away by the way it made a visible difference to people’s ability and, despite the fact I was a participate rather than an instructor, I got a real buzz out of it. I decided there and then that I would go through the training myself so that I could do the same thing. In 2010 I went to Dartmoor for the CTC Trail Leaders course, then I did the Technical Trail Leaders course at the Dales MTB centre and then completed the trio with the skills instructors course at Aston Hill. After the training I took several months out to ‘reprogram’ myself and get rid of all my naughty habits from 20+ years of mountainbike riding. I truly beleive that the CTC’s skills instruction system can make a big difference to anyone’s riding, I know it has to me. By taking the time to practice the techniques used and allow them to become second nateure you will find you not only ride smoother, but ultimately faster too. You will gain all the techniques you need to put you in control of the bike in any situation and give you the skills to become a confident rider. Jimbo

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Skills session with South Down MTB Skills
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I had ridden with Jimbo on the Quest shop ride so had some idea of his style and he had ben able to have a look at my riding too. This isn't essential as you get to ride and chat with Jim before you start on any specific skills so he gets an idea of what your standard is and what you want to achieve. I really wanted to move on from always being at the back all the time on the singletrack - mostly because I used my brakes so much on the corners and was intimidated by some of the trail obstacles.
Jims explanation of corners and lots and lots of practice has definitley helped but it is a slow process. I didnt change overnight. One day I was out and something clicked and I realised it happened how Jim had explained it. The same isn't true for my confidence over the obstacles. With Jim I did logs, trees and drops, some that I had previously got off and walked over. Once I had mastered them with Jim, my confidence increased straight away and now I hardly ever walk. It was definitely confidence but also some style and positioning that Jim sorted out for me. Jim is really patient, explains things in plain English and shows you in a simple way. I definitely need to see someone doing something to understand it and Jim is a very good rider without being intimidating so is easy to watch.
After my skills session with Jim I tried to get out more and really practice the things he taught me. It definitely works as I have ridden down drops and bombholes and had both wheels off the ground since!

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Patient and clear explanations
Skillful and professional instructor who is well qualified
Good fun
Learnt new stuff and gained much more confidence
Bad Points
Mud, hills and falling off (none Jim's fault!)
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