Updated: Apr 1, 2020
Here at Your Ride we've got a range of training programmes on offer, covering different experience levels and skills.
Some of the programmes we run are nationally accredited, like Go MTB and Bikeability. We've also designed a couple of our own, based around the skills that our students most often want to learn. Dirt Jump Improver is one of those programmes - it's designed to take you from dirt jumping novice to completely confident. It covers lots of tips and techniques to get you flying safely, whether you're new to jumping or looking to improve your existing skills.
I used my background in dirt jump and free ride mountain biking with the structured training program that the Go MTB award scheme offered me as a Level 5 coach to put together a comprehensive and foolproof way of teaching a dirt jump program. I like to say I take the guesswork out of learning how to jump.
I found that there were gaps in the existing training programmes when it came to learning dirt jump skills - while there are levels within British Cycling and the Scottish Mountain Bike Leader Awards that show you how to get your wheels off the ground, and look at BMX racer-style jumping, they were missing a few of the essential components required to confidently and safely dirt jump.
I realised there wasn't anything that talked about or taught you how to:
Conquer gap jumps
Learn how to trick a jump for the first time
And finally... how to crash safely!
While that last one might sound odd, being able to get off your bike whilst in the air and to land with as little injury to yourself as possible is a skill in itself to learn.
Is this programme right for me?
Your Ride's Dirt Jump program is for:
Newbies who want to learn how to get their wheels off the ground
Riders who can jump but are stuck on a certain size jump and can't get any further
Mountain bikers who can jump blue, red and even some black jump lines at bike parks, but struggle when going to a DJ trail spot where there isn't a table top in sight and all the jumps consist of gaps, hips, transfers and landings that are as steep as the take-offs...
If you'd like to take on Your Ride's Dirt Jump programme, get in touch to get started. Feel free to drop us a line if you've got any questions about this or any other programme we offer.