Has your mountain bike ever seen a mountain? Or even, come to think of it, a minor incline? Well at Fat Tyres Mountainbiking we're here to help you with that!
Whether you're a keen beginner looking for an introduction to the sport or experienced trail wrecker after a weekend blast in the country, we've got something for everyone at various locations around some of the UK 's most beautiful areas. And don't go thinking that we're all hard-core racers here either. The emphasis is strictly on having fun, so whether you opt for a beginner's or more advanced level weekend, you can be assured of a genuinely warm welcome and plentiful riding in the company of like-minded spirits who'll encourage you to push yourself to the max, and beyond!
Finally, swapping the day's experiences over the evening meal and a drink is a great way to end the day. If you join a weekend on your own, as many of our guests do, you'll find biking is a great ice-breaker for developing new friendships!
Meet your team leaders
Speaking of which, both our guides are trained mountain bike instructors and leaders, holders of the MIAS Level 2 qualification, and are qualified first aiders as well as being experts at those unfortunate on-the-spot repairs in the wilderness! So let's meet them…
Technically accomplished and knowing no fear, Steve can usually be found bombing around the woods in his native Newcastle. From Whistler, Canada to Washington, Tyne and Wear, he's ridden (or at least talked about riding) them all!
- Most embarrassing “off”: toppling off his mountain bike, whilst still being clipped into his spuds, on a commuter-packed Amsterdam ferry.
A firm believer in full-suspension being for wimps, Andy can often be found grinding around his local off-road trails in Rivington, Lancashire. Being surprisingly non-hirsute means that, unlike many cyclists, he has no need to shave his legs therefore saving valuable minutes in the morning.
- Most embarrassing “off”: ending up backside-first in a peat bog in the middle of Grizedale Forest. Scored additional points for the wearing of brand new shorts at the time.
MIAS is the Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme. MIAS accreditation is from the Awarding Body Consortium ( Reading University). The course has national accreditation and is recognised by:
- The Association of British Cycle Coaches (A.B.C.C.)
- Cyclist's Touring Club (C.T.C.)
- Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (A.A.L.A).
Are we insured?
We also offer full Public Liability Insurance with the Cyclists Touring Club.