MTB Skills Courses

We are happy to book these courses at a time to suit you.  These courses are for anyone who enjoys riding a bike, from beginners looking to learn the basic techniques for off-road riding to the experienced rider who would like to develop their skills to gain extra speed, control and confidence.

Finely Tuned Ride is able to offer these sessions to individuals, pairs or even groups (including women only), for clubs or a group of riding friends, at a date to suit their schedule and time frame. To discuss your specific requirements with us please contact us.

Click on the courses below for more information.

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Finley Tuned Ride, mountain bike courses are built around the Cyclist Touring Club’s (CTC’s) innovative mountain bike skills development framework. During your skills course, Rob, your instructor, will explain the benefits of breaking down your riding skills into core elements and how these elements provide the building blocks, which will become the foundations for your future riding successes.

Instructor Qualifications

Rob Rowe will be your skills instructor and holds the following qualifications:

  • CTC Skills Instructor
  • MIAS Level 2 (Mountain Bike Instructor’s Award Scheme)
  • British Cycling Level 2 Ride Leadership Award (Sky Ride)
  • Bikeability instructor
  • Rescue Emergency Care First Aid Certificate
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checked

FTR is the first CTC approved instructor to provide skills courses in Wiltshire and offer not one, but two venues for your convenience.

FTR Venues:

Collingbourne Woods

Collingbourne Woods is a Forestry Commission wood located to the east of Salisbury Plain near the town of Ludgershall. Ludgershall is located approximately 25 minutes drive from Andover and 10 minutes from Tidworth. For a detailed location and to get directions to Collingbourne Woods click here.

Collingbourne Woods provides a good mix of fireroad and singletrack.


Erlestoke is home to the SPAM Winter Challenge, Erlestoke 12 and Blast events. It has also been host to regional cross country races as organised Southern XC and SAMS. It is located on the north western edge of Salisbury Plain, approximately 15mins drive from Westbury and 20mins drive from Devizes. For a detailed location and to get directions to Erlestoke click here.

PLEASE NOTE: Erlestoke is private Ministry of Defence property and must not be ridden outside course times. FTR have permission (and pay) to use this venue, however riding here outside course event times could jeopardise future access.

Erlestoke has some sweet single track as well as tough climbs but there is something for everyone to learn on.