Thoughts from Steve…
Why Mountain Biking?
Ride trail centres, the wilds, almost any area in the UK, almost any country.
Feed your need for adrenaline. Soak in the awesome landscapes you find yourself in.
Compete against yourself or others or no one.
Challenge your fitness, your technical skill or both.
Meet some of the best people. Peaks, descents, singletrack.
The list goes on and on.
For most mountain bikers, whatever the outward details, a ride refreshes something deep down.
Why Chasing Trails?
Whether you’re in need of skills coaching, want to escape for a bike holiday or a day in the great outdoors on a bike, we have something for you.
Dalby Forest is on the doorstep, with ideal trails for a day’s skills course. If you’re travelling in from a distance, why not make the most of your time with a second day’s guided riding on the North York Moors to put it all into practice.
SMBLA qualified to Mountain Bike Leader standard, you have a guarantee of quality, professional guiding and instruction. SMBLA are part of British Cycling, and the original mountain bike guiding & instruction provider for training & qualifications.
After years of mountain biking without getting bored, it seemed like a good idea to pass some of it on. Any sport that stays fresh after so many years has to be worth sharing!
So Feb ’08 saw the start of Chasing Trails. Thanks to all the customers who took a risk with a new company, and thanks for the continued enthusiasm which has made every day out a great day. Also for all the comments (feel free to leave comments or email with feedback and suggestions, it’s always welcome).
The very beginning…
…it all started back at uni in 1991 with a Marin Eldridge. I caught the MTB bug from Ian, who still has his 1991 Off-Road Proflex! Apart from Ian, we all rode everything on fully rigid bikes (no suspension), proving that bike skills count for at least as much as a fancy bike. Nothing wrong with fancy bikes though, and I seem to remember we all thought we owned cutting edge technology at the time…
While there’s a certain nostalgia for bikes of the past, modern mountain bikes make the old ones seem like they’re designed to be hard work! Most modern mountain bikes are a joy to ride, although we all have favourites…
A bit about Steve…
Apart from biking, love snowboarding, good coffee & good whisky.
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