New this year, you can join a skill session for half a day (3h).

The sessions are focused on downhill technique (flat corners, berms, roots, steps, jumps, etc…), are open to all levels and will help you ride with more control, more safely and… have more fun! To guarantee the best learning environment, the groups are limited to 6 riders and are compiled according to riding level (check your level here).

The forthcoming sessions are advertised online (“Skill session calendar” on the right of this page), please feel free to contact us if you can’t see something that suits you.

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I will be in England from the 18th to the 28th of October, the good people of TrailJunkies (Oxfordshire) are taking the oppotunity to organise some skill sessions. Are already planned the 19th/24th for beginners and the 20th/25th for intermediate, I am also available for private tuition. Contact monica@trailjunkies for more information.

The Dirtgirls are back! Every summer FlowMTB organises at least one week for girls only (apart from me!). We had great weather with scorching hot temperatures and a lot of fun… I’ve never had so many friends in the lift queues! Well done girls, great week!

dirtgirls 2009

To get the most out of your mountain bike trip to the Portes du Soleil, it’s crucial to have a properly set up bike, so here are a few tips to get the most out of your brakes…

First of all, the position: modern brakes are so good that you can use only one finger to stop but you need to be sure that your finger reaches the end of the lever (to get the maximum leverage) without any effort. To achieve this you will need to move your controls inwards on the bar, then adjust the reach of the lever, either with the dedicated knob (as on the Hope Tech levers) or via the little Allen bolt on the inside of the lever; finally, make sure that the lever angle doesn’t twist your wrists.

Don’t tighten your controls too much, so if you fall they will turn around the bar without being damaged.

Keep at least one pair of spare pads in your backpack.

Don’t forget that heavy braking (the ones that make you skid) are damaging the trails and are pretty useless at slowing you down… and RideAbility is here to help you brake more efficiently!

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Early this May, the MCF (french cycling instructors union) organised the first ever Dirt&Slopestyle training for its instructors and…and I wasn’t going to miss out!

The training took place in Cabriére d’Avignon, in a spot used for the Wall Ride Tour, the national Slopestyle cup, and lasted 3 days. We were coached by Alexis Gautier, Cyril Cabiac and Robin Chauvin, team manager and riders of the WRT family pro team. It was great to ride some trails again, challenge ourselves on some “big” jumps and enjoy the good weather and great atmosphere of the south… we had an awesome time! And of course it’s armed me with more tips to pass on.

Cyril Cabiac landing another sick trick on the Big Air Bag:

big air bag