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Professional mountain

bike guided rides, 

on some of the most stunning mountain bike trails

that Devon has to offer. 

 

Mountain Bike Skills Coaching in Devon for

beginners to expert.

 
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About evolve mtb

Evolve Mtb is run by Tony Williams.

Tony has been riding bikes since the age of two, kickstarting a sense of freedom that developed as he grew older.  Spending pretty much all of his childhood & teens exploring the countryside on his bike with his brother and friends.  

After having a lightbulb moment on a chairlift in the Alps in 2006 and keen on sharing his passion for all things two wheels, Tony set about the idea of getting as many people as possible, no matter their age, ability or experience out onto bikes and discovering the great county that is Devon and from that enlightening moment, evolve mtb was born!

 

 

 

A keen competitor, Tony started competing in cross country races during the early 90's on Woodbury Common and at Newnham Park.  The downhill sections were what excited him the most in these races, with the steady popularity of downhill racing growing, Tony entered his first downhill race in 1994 at Ashcombe.  The feeling you get from riding as fast as you can against the clock is still with him now; racing downhill & enduro regionally & nationally.. 

Tony was the 2014 South West Downhill Champ, 3rd place at the English Champs in 2014 & 3rd place at the British National Downhill Champs 2016 in his category, riding for Hot Pursuit Cycles. 

Tony is an MBLA Trail Leader, British Cycling Level 2 MTB Coach & a trained OTC Technical Mountain Bike Leader, also a nationally qualified youth worker with a vast experience of working with a wide range of young people & adults from different agencies.  

He's fully insured, enhanced CRB checked and has risk assessments etc if you should require to view them.

 

 
 
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Prices:

Group guided rides:    

9 to 20 riders - £15.00 per person.       2 - 8 riders - £20.00 per person . 

For a 3 hour session.

 (Group session price includes bikes, leader(s) & equipment).

 

Skills Sessions:      

One2One or in groups of up to 8  - £50.00 per person, for a 3 hour session.

   (Please bring your own bike for Skills Sessions if you have one,

if not a Felt hardtail XC bike can be provided free of charge).

 

Freelance rates:

Tony is available purely as a leader for your group, providing experienced, safe, fun & knowledgable rides; 

Half day rate: £65

Full day rate: £130

(No bikes or equipment provided)

 

Gift Vouchers available for birthday presents & Christmas, please email to buy!

 

 

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Skills Sessions - Held at Haldon Forest Park nr Exeter.

 

Gift Vouchers are available to buy;

great gift idea for a friend or partner etc.  

 

Skills Sessions:

One2One, same or mixed sex skills sessions are a fantastic way to learn

& pick up new skills that will up your riding confidence & level.  

With a maximum ratio of one instructor to eight students, you'll get practical,

insightful tuition from knowledgeable, friendly & inspirational coaches.

 

One2One courses offer more individual attention, with the ability to really focus on specific techniques for you.

 

Beginners Course;  

Is This Me?

  • You have just started riding or have come back after many years.

  • You want to learn how to tackle blue graded trails with more confidence & feel safer.
  • Want to iron out some niggles with your riding?
  • You'd like to ride & learn with people at the same level as you.
  • Scared of crashing and you'd like to be more confident.

What You'll Learn: 

  • Basic body position; The Ready Position & Cone of Movement.
  • What the different brakes do and when to use them.
  • How to corner, including body position, where to brake, line choice, balance & control.
  • Seated & standing pedalling, changing gears efficiently and correctly.Rolling drops and steep sections of trail.

Trail Riding:

Is This Me?

  • Feels like you've reached a plateau & would like to progress your riding.
  • Revisit the basics so you can move onto harder trails.
  • You sometimes struggle to keep up with other riders, but would like to without taking more risks.
  • You'd like to flow along blue & red graded trails.
  • You'd like to feel more in control of your bike in technical situations.

What You'll Learn:

  • We'll revisit the core skills, that the pro's rely on day in day out.
  • How to lift your front wheel off the ground and use your legs to find grip and more control.
  • How to ride drop offs safely, balanced and in control.
  • How to shape your body for corners.
  • How to trackstand for core low speed skills.
  • How to ride berms, flat corners and switchbacks, typically found on red routes.
  • Pumping & reading the trail.
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Recommended Equipment and Kit

Before attending the course please ensure your bikes are in a safe working order. A bike check can be done at the start of the session if needed and will be done at the start of every beginners course. Every rider attending any course MUST wear a certified helmet, no helmet no ride. Other safety equipment such as gloves, elbow pads, knee/shin pads are not compulsory but is strongly recommended.

(I always wear knee pads, just in case!)

Please bring the appropriate clothing for a rainy day – thermals, waterproofs etc. The courses are long sessions and having the right clothing will make the day even more enjoyable. Also Hydration is key, please bring plenty of food/energy bars and water/energy drinks as the course will last a few hours.

 

To book, please email or phone & keep an eye on the facebook page!

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Guided Group Rides.

 

evolve mtb can provide mountain bike sessions for a variety of groups.  

All bikes, helmets, gloves, Instructor etc are included in the price.  

A lead instructor will meet you & your group at an agreed destination & time.  

 

The session will generally be for 3 hours and include basic

mountain bike skills tied together with a led ride.  

Destinations can be Haldon Forest Park, Woodbury Common,

Dartmoor & Ideford Common to name but a few.

 

The age range catered for starts with children aged 9 and up.

There is no extra charge for different venues.

 

Someone's birthday coming up,

how about a mountain bike ride for a birthday present?  

Something a bit different & great fun too!

How to book:

 

If you would like to book a session

or like to know a bit more,

please get in touch!

 

Tony Williams, Evolve mtb

 evolvemtb@fsmail.net 

 

(Email is usually the best way of contacting me,

due to being with groups during the day).

 07906 331408.

Testimonials.

Many thanks for such an enjoyable day mountain biking! Your suggestion to ride on Dartmoor was perfect.  A brilliant location with the variety of terrain and excellent views-the students and staff alike thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the day.  

Your knowledge and enthusiasm of the moors and mountain biking was infectious and the students were truly interested in what you had to say, sparking further question and discussion even when we got back to school. You ensured all abilities enjoyed their day and as a result there was no frustration from any of the more experienced bikers in the group which was excellent!! 

I will certainly be booking the next mountain biking experience ready for next year and look forward to working with you in the future.

Kind Regards,
Michael Brooks - St.James School, Exeter.

 


"I just wanted to say thank you for another fantastic session.  Each of the three times I've had coaching with you I've really enjoyed myself and I've picked up lots of useful stuff that is making me a better rider.  Even though I've been mountain biking for several years you've revolutionised  my riding and I'm going faster, smoother and with more confidence.  I'm also continuing to benefit because the more I practise the stuff you've taught me the better it gets.

 

I've been a coach in a couple of other sports for more than ten years and I am really impressed by how you manage the sessions; it feels safe and comfortable but it's challenging enough to be useful and fun.  You pitch the information you share at just the right level and I'd recommend your coaching sessions to riders at any level". 

Thanks Tony!  - Steve M, One2one Skills Sessions.

 

 University session.

"This was a fantastic three-hour session in which we covered the basic skills of riding including cornering and braking. All riding capacities were catered for and we were each given individual advice and support as required. Tony was attentive, encouraging and patient and always willing to answer any questions. We spent the first half of the session learning key skills and the second half practicing them on a ride. This was the perfect way to develop what we had learnt. A really great afternoon!"

 

One-to-one coaching

"I learnt so much in three hours. I actually felt like a different rider when I had finished! Not only did it develop my riding skills but it also boosted my confidence enabling me to further develop my techniques. Tony gave me the encouragement and enthusiasm I needed to approach jumps at speed and fully commit to them. He observed my riding intently and provided consistent feedback so I could make frequent adjustments. He also offered demonstrations enabling me to see what I was aiming for. An incredibly patient, encouraging and inspiring coach!" 

- Elsie, Plymouth University student.

 

  "I had a coaching session with Tony, mainly working on cornering (something I struggle with). Tony broke the skills down, initially working on easy terrain and building up to something harder. Despite some wet and slippy conditions, I finished the session with a big smile on my face feeling more confident with my bike handling. The next day I managed a tight switchback descent that has been my nemesis for a while now.Time and money definitely well spent".
- Liz  
 Liz Prokopowicz
 07814998412
 www.revolutionsportsphysio.com

 

"Massive thanks for the mountain biking session on Dartmoor last week. This was my first experience of 'real' off road mountain biking and I totally loved it! It's certainly something I would like to do more regularly. Tony is an inspirational leader, giving confidence to beginners and challenging the more able - thank you and hope to be back on the trails soon" :)

- Debbie - Babcock LDP

 

"I was in Torbay on holiday and wanted a good MTB ride around the local area, Tony was a fantastic guide and

led a thoroughly enjoyable ride,

I would not hesitate to use or recommend evolvemtb,

Thanks again Tony".

- Rob Harvey - Lancashire

 

"Tony, thank you so much for the one to one cycle training you gave to my daughter at the weekend.  

After spending many frustrating hours attempting to teach her myself I had almost given up.    

My daughter was very reluctant to come along to the training on Saturday but your calm manner and clear concise instructions immediately put her at ease.

I was amazed how quickly she picked up the basics and went from a complete novice to having control and being able to properly cycle.  She described it as one of the best experiences she as ever had and is now well and truly bitten by the cycling bug. 

Thank you again - you are amazing and

I would recommend you to anyone". 

- Kind regards, Mike Young.

  

"I have read books, magazines and watched tutorials online. For Christmas I was given a voucher for a session with Tony -

I'd actually read an article on the more dirt  website about evolve so was instantly impressed with this gift.

One session with Tony was worth more than any reading or the hours spent online.

The session left me more confident of manipulating my bike; i'm now happy to attack corners,

pump the track and manual technical sections where necessary.

I feel the most important lesson I have taken away with me is the ability to look where i'm going.

I've always had my eyes open and looked ahead but I now know to widen my vision,

not to follow the defined track all the time, and how to pick the points of the tracks to direct my run.

Tony was an easy going coach that I think anyone would struggle not to get along with.

Thanks for a great day, some excellent progression and also an improved knowledge of my local trails centre.

I look forward to future rides". 

- Jake, One2One Skills Coaching Session.

  

"The Devon Learning and Development Partnership Outdoor Learning Centres are pleased to be associated with Evolve MTB.  Tony has provided mountain bike activities for the Dartmoor Centres for six years and we are very pleased with the skills, expertise and customer service that Tony has provided.  Tony's enthusiasm for the sport and skills as a qualified youth worker means that he builds good relationships with

children, young people and group leaders.  

I would have no hesitation in recommending Tony to others".

 - Brendan Stone, Head of Centres, Devon LDP Outdoor Learning.

 

 

"Fantastic day out at Haldon, with a group of young people of varying ability Tony was able to cater for all. Great knowledge of routes and the bikes he has were all very good. Tony's manor with all of the young people was brilliant and they all in turn had an amazing day." (staff)

 "It was brilliant going through the water and getting soaking wet"

- child from the summer. 

"The Torbay Holiday Programme has used Evolve MTB for a few years now and every time we send out groups they come back exhausted, but very happy. Arranging sessions and booking dates is always very easy with Tony and we are always accommodated. We will continue to use Evolve MTB to deliver our mountain biking sessions." (Claire) 

"The mountain biking activity with Tony is my favourite activity of the holiday programme.  Tony is brilliant with the students and manages to extend those that are more experienced without patronising those who are less able.  He is always calm, fun and friendly, without compromising on health and safety". (staff) 

-Claire Blagdon, Trips and Activities Manager, Paignton Community and Sports Academy.

  

"I first got to know Tony several years ago when he instructed our Year 6 children in Mountain-biking as part of their activity programme during their residential stay at the Dartmoor Centres.  He has a wonderful quiet and unassuming manner with the children and they respond really well to him.

As well as being a knowledgeable and experienced biking instructor he is a reliable, genuine person who is fully committed to delivering high quality sessions at competitive prices.  He is punctual, well organised and is passionate about

encouraging children to lead active,

healthy lifestyles and to participate at all levels of ability, in a sport that both motivates and inspires them.

During the sessions the children learn what their bikes are capable of and how to ride them in different ways depending on the challenge.  They love the tricks and become increasingly confident riders by the end of a 4 – 5 week block. Our children have cited these sessions as a highlight of their time at school

and have loved the very real interest shown, by Tony, in their riding experiences outside of school."

I would have no hesitation in recommending him to you and your school/organisation".

 Alison Young, PE Co-ordinator @ Shaldon, Ellacombe & Ilsham Drive Primary School's.

Terms And Conditions:

Bookings

Sessions are non-refundable but are transferable if Evolve Mtb is notified more than 14 days prior to the booked date. Within the seven day period before the session/ class, bookings are non-transferable. Special cases are always considered however and Evolve Mtb will endeavour to provide the best service possible.

On really rare occasions.... courses may be cancelled by Evolve Mtb if there is two or under clients booked onto Group Skills Sessions.  Should this occur, transfer to another course date or a full refund will be offered by Evolve Mtb.

Equipment and Riding

Food or fluids are not provided by Evolve Mtb. Each rider is expected to carry suitable food and hydration provisions for the session. Even on a skills session you'll be riding approx 4 to 5 miles, and concentrating is thirsty work!

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It's compulsory to wear a certified cycling helmet throughout any Evolve Mtb session. 

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Additional body armour including eye wear, elbow, knee/shin pads. Knee pads and other protection is welcome on all of our classes. I always wear knee pads.. just in case!

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Nature

Mountain Biking is a dangerous sport and as such carries risk which could result in personal injury or death. Evolve Mtb will endeavour to teach in safe areas and on suitable terrain however, the customer/ rider accepts that risk of serious injury is a part of mountain biking and has the option to withdraw from any activity at any point should they feel uncertain about proceeding.

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Should the weather or ground conditions be deemed unsafe by the Evolve Mtb, an alternative date/ session will be offered to suit the customer. Evolve Mtb will make decisions on weather as early as possible however this may be on the morning or during a session.

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Evolve Mtb reserves the right to stop any session without a refund should Evolve Mtb representative deem the rider either dangerously unprepared or to have provided inaccurate information regarding their riding experience causing danger to themselves and others.

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Should a session be cancelled or cut short due to weather conditions, an alternative date will be arranged at no extra cost to cover missed ground.

And finally...

We aim to provide the best mountain bike coaching available and give you the best time we can. These terms and conditions have been set to help make sure Evolve Mtb can operate at the very highest level.

We look forward to welcoming you to Evolve Mtb!