Learning to Fly

Who is this course for?

This course is for the experienced rider! This course is specifically aimed at taking those with good technical XC/AM skills to the world of DH and freeriding. Covering downhill fundamentals, Learning to Fly introduces the techniques needed when the trail gets steep and rocky, jumps & tabletops appear and you want to get some air!

We'll focus on balance, weight distribution, body positioning, bike control, line choice and technique so that you learn to maintain momentum. You'll learn how to maximise traction, stay in control, read the trail, pick your line and carry speed through runs. You'll be amazed at the difference it will make to your riding and before you know it, you'll be launching off everything you can find!

To do this course, you don't need to have a downhill bike but we will tell you that the more travel you have in your suspension, the easier the course will be (we don't suggest a fully rigid bike)! If you've got padding and armour, then we recommend that you bring it along.

How do you know if you're ready for this course? We encourage you not to overestimate your ability - this is a technical course and requires a good level of skill. Attendance at one of our other intermediate courses will give you a 'yes' (if you've been practising). If you haven't done one of these, then you need to be able to answer 'yes' to all 6 of the following skills. 

  • Land a 30cm drop
  • Descend on loose or steep descents
  • Negotiate a log or gutter using bunnyhop or front/back wheel lift
  • Negotiate a log or gutter using pedal (or ratchet) kick
  • Braking at speed and through corners
  • Understand how to read a line and follow it

If you are not confident with all of these skills, then you really need to give Trailbreakers or Chix at Speed Clinics a run first. Please contact us if you have any questions.

The course

This course is specifically designed for the experienced rider who is looking to learn or improve their downhilling skills. It focuses on technique, control, weight distribution and body positioning to allow you to maintain speed through runs and negotiate drops, jumps, etc, safely. Learning to Fly aims to give you the fundamentals of downhill riding and takes you to the next level.

A good level of riding experience and ability is required to participate in this course, and it certainly is not aimed at the novice rider or person who lacks confidence.

This course has a maximum of 4 students per instructor to let us focus on you and give you time on the trail to practise and improve your riding!

What you will learn

  • Setting up your bike for DH & freeriding
  • Basics - how to ride downhill
  • Descending like a downhiller
  • Cornering - berms, line & traction
  • Tackling obstacles
  • Small/medium drops, rolls and ramps
  • Jumps & pre-jumps
  • Rockgardens
  • Bike control

Our Trainers

Our professional and friendly trainers are fully trained and are there to ensure your experience. For more information on our staff, check out our page.

How Long?

The course is run in a 4 hour session

Course Dates

Check out the course dates and book now!

Other Stuff

Children under 16 - please contact us to discuss.

Minimum number of participants is 3 students per clinic, if you are booked into a course and  the minimum number is not met, you will be able to reschedule to a later date (valid for 12 months from purchase date) or recieve a full refund.

As this course is focus on riding at a more advanced level, the maximum number of participants is 4 students to allow us focus on you and to allow each participant to get the most out of the clinic.  

* It is not necessary to have a downhill or freeride bike for this course, but the more travel your bike has the better. AMBC recommends that you wear knee and elbow pads and a full-faced helmet. We do also recommend that your bike be in good condition and recently fully serviced by a qualified bike mechanic before you attend this course.

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