Gearing Up Off Road

Gearing Up Off Road

Gearing Up Off Road is Cycling Ireland's mountain bike skills programme, designed to develop the skills needed to safely and competently enjoy mountain biking. It is an action packed and fun programme aimed at beginner and intermediate riders. 

How long is the Gearing Up Off Road Programme?

The programme is designed to be as flexible as possible with a variety of options available:

One off taster sessions to give you a flavour of the programme

Weekly over 6 to 9 weeks, with sessions lasting between 1 and 2 hours.

Camp, over a period of 2 to 5 days. 

Split Delivery, run as two distinct courses i) Beginner MTB Skills Course and ii) Intermediate MTB Skills Course

What will you learn in Gearing Up Off Road? 

As well as learning cycling skills, you will also build confidence, develop teamwork and learn about respect and enjoyment for the outdoors. 
Some of the skills learned include: Bike check & set up, getting on & off your bike, braking & controlling your speed, using gears, shifting your weight on the bike, awareness, cornering, front & rear wheel lift, trackstand, puncture repair and maintenance, cleaning & looking after your bike and most importantly putting all the skills together so you can hit the trails!


What will you get from Gearing Up Off Road?

If learning all of the skills above and having fun with your friends wasn't enough, you will also receive your own logbook to help progress through each skill session. On completion you will also receive a Gearing Up Off Road certificate. The programme also includes Cycling Ireland insurance for the duration of the programme. 



Where is Gearing Up Off Road Delivered?

Gearing Up Off Road can be delivered in a range of environments including parks, car parks, school playgrounds and trail centres. 

Who delivers Gearing Up Off Road? 

We have a number of approved delivery centres around the country. For a full list click HERE

If you are interested in delivering the programme in your club, click HERE to find out more about instructor training. 


For more information on the Gearing Up Off-Road Programme email :   programmes@cyclingireland.ie

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