FMTB Young Rider Development Programme – DeVo – Summer Holiday Courses 2021

We have a packed programme of Mountain Bike Skills Courses for kids over Summer Holidays. With DeVo Level1 and DeVo Evo on Tuesdays and DeVo Level2 all day on Thursdays. We also have a Girls DeVo on Saturday 31st July from 9.30am – 12.30pm.

The Level1 Courses can be booked through Eventbrite and the Level2 Courses are part of British Cycling Cycling Development Pathway Centres – Gravity Programme and can be booked through the British Cycling Website. Find out more about the opportunities through the British Cycling Development Pathway  and what it means for the DeVo Programme here>>>

Here’s our packed programme with links to the booking pages:-

DeVo Level2 – Saturday 24th July
9.30am – 12.30pm 12-16yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Level1 – Tuesday 27th July
10am – 12pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Evo – Tuesday 27th July
1pm – 3pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Level2 – Thursday 29th July
10am – 4pm – 12-16yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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Girls DeVo – Saturday 31st July
9.30am – 12.30pm – 10-16yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Level1 – Tuesday 10th August
10am – 12pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Evo – Tuesday 10th August
1pm – 3pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Level2 – Thursday 12th August
10am – 4pm – 12-16yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Level1 – Tuesday 17th August
10am – 12pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Evo – Tuesday 17th August
1pm – 3pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Level2 – Thursday 19th August
10am – 4pm – 12-16yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Level1 – Tuesday 24th August
10am – 12pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Evo – Tuesday 24th August
1pm – 3pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Level2 – Thursday 26th August
10am – 4pm – 12-16yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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Firecrest MTB’s DeVo leads the way on British Cycling’s Network of Gravity Talent Development Centres

British Cycling can today announce the first of its network of Gravity Talent Development Centres, which have been designed to provide an accessible and inclusive pathway for talented riders, supporting them to progress from clubs through to trade teams and representing Great Britain.

The first hub is now operational in Rushmere Country Park (Bedfordshire, British Cycling Central Region), offering regular coached sessions for riders aged 12-16 to hone their mountain bike gravity skills, with an ambition to increase the number of locations across the country to seven over the coming months.

The most talented riders from the hub sessions will be given the opportunity to attend regional and national development sessions, with the long-term goal of supporting them towards competing for Great Britain and securing opportunities to ride for professional trade teams.

The hubs form part of British Cycling’s long-term plan for the gravity disciplines, which was published earlier this month as part of the organisation’s new Everyone Wins campaign, and covers all aspects of the discipline including facility provision, volunteers, diversity and performance at the highest level for Great Britain.

At the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Leogang a total of six British riders finished within the top 11 places in the junior men’s category, demonstrating the talent of today’s young riders who are seeking to follow in the footsteps of Rachel Atherton, Danny Hart and others who have topped podiums across the world in recent years.

Michael Vickers, British Cycling Talent Development Coach and MTB Downhill and 4X Coordinator, said:

“We’ve seen some incredible results in the downhill disciplines over recent years, and through the new Gravity Development Centres we want to provide the champions of tomorrow with an accessible and competitive environment as they forge their own paths to the top.

“We’re thankful to our partners and colleagues in the Central Region for their support in getting the first hub up and running, and we’ve been really encouraged by the appetite for riders to get involved and the level of technical skills on display. As we increase the number of the centres through the remainder of the year we hope that they will help us to further boost the standard of our national series and championships and provide riders with a really competitive environment to develop.”

Ian Warby of Firecrest Mountain Biking, said;

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for Firecrest MTB’s Young Rider Development Programme (known as DeVo) to be the first Talent Development Centre for gravity. The DeVo programme has always been a passion of mine and to be able to line it up with British Cycling’s programmes has been a long term goal.

“The programme has already seen a number of riders go on to do big things with Phil Atwill being one of the programme’s most successful alumni and this is a fantastic opportunity for more to do the same. The focus of DeVo has always been on working with riders of all ages and abilities to get the most from mountain biking and I look forward to developing the next generation of riders and working closely with British Cycling going forward.”

Find out more here>>>

Aston Hill Bike Park – Temporary Closure for Tree Felling and Re-investment.

Just as I thought 2020 couldn’t throw any more curved balls, I get the news that Aston Hill Bike Park won’t be re-opening after the second Lockdown and that it will have to close for 6-8 months so that the large number of ash trees with ‘chalara ash dieback’ can be felled by Forestry England.

Aston Hill Bike Park has been the home of my Firecrest Mountain Biking business in various forms for 23 years, so in many ways I see Aston Hill Bike Park as a ‘member of my family’. I have spent thousands of hours on ‘the Hill’ riding, racing, promoting Races, trail building and skills coaching. It has generated so many good memories, friends and standout moments which means this news has been a devastating blow, especially coming on the back of such a challenging year with the Covid-19 Pandemic.

For 22 years I have run Mountain Bike Skills Courses at Aston Hill Bike Park, returning to run them full time again from 2015. Firecrest Mountain Biking is my sole source of income so my first thoughts on hearing the news of the closure was to source a local alternative. Fortunately the staff at Rushmere Country Park on the outskirts of Leighton Buzzard, 15 miles from Aston Hill, have welcomed me with open arms. It’s a fantastic venue for my Mountain Bike Skills Training. What it lacks in the elevation we enjoy on Aston Hill it makes up for with a series of short feature filled ‘gravity trails’ and a winding 6 kilometre cross-country trail that has some excellent sections for training.

The best news is that I can continue to offer my full programme of Skills Courses and Training for riders of all ages and abilities across the mountain bike disciplines of Downhill, Enduro and Cross-Country. The even better news for those that found the ground conditions, particularly in the wet, challenging on Aston Hill you’ll be pleased to hear that Rushmere Country Park sits on the Greensands Ridge and has very similar ground conditions to Woburn/Aspley/Chicksands with the sandy loam surface offering up lots of year round grip.

If you have a Course booked I’ll be in touch with all the details you need on your booking and the new venue.If you haven’t got round to booking your Course find out more on our website www.firecrestmtb.com . I look forward to seeing you for some training in the future at Rushmere.

Firecrest is not leaving Aston Hill for good. The silver lining to this cloud is that this is a chance for Aston Hill Bike Park to get a much needed make over, refresh the ageing trails and new trail sections to be added. With heavy machinery coming in to carry out the felling works there will be some sections of trail that will be unrecognisable once the the trees are gone. Over 300 plus trees of concern are peppered across the Hill and other trees are being thinned to improve the woodland ecology. Aston Hill will look a little different when we return which should offer up some great options when it comes to refurbishing the trails.

I’ll be working with Bike Park Chilterns CIC (Community Interest Company) to ensure Aston Hill Bike Park can come back better than ever and we can get back to riding the trails that we’ve all come to know and love and with an added new twist. Keep an eye on my social media feeds for updates, the latest on the work being carried out on Aston Hill, and the Skills Courses I’m running at Rushmere Country Park.

See you on the trails!

School Summer Holiday MTB Skills Courses – Level2

Young Rider Development Programme – Level2 – School Summer Holiday Courses 2018 Mountain Bike Skills Training for 12 to 18 year olds.

Thursday 2nd August – 10am – 4pm (6hrs) – Spaces AvailableBook Here>>
Thursday 9th August – 10am – 4pm (6hrs) – Spaces AvailableBook Here>>
Thursday 16th August – 10am – 4pm (6hrs) – Spaces AvailableBook Here>>
Thursday 23rd August – 10am – 4pm (6hrs) – Spaces AvailableBook Here>>
Thursday 30th August – 10am – 4pm (6hrs) – Spaces AvailableBook Here>>

You can attend all of the courses or pick and choose to suit your availability.

The DeVo2 Mountain Bike Skills Courses at Aston Hill Bikepark will get you riding your Mountain Bike with more confidence and speed. They are a great opportunity to meet likeminded young riders and progress your riding. From getting faster on the trails on Aston Hill through to racing at Local, Regional and National Competitions.

For young mountain bikers coming through our programme of Mountain Bike Skills Courses they build on the skills taught on the Level1 Courses. All the Training Courses Firecrest run provide an insight into the Mountain Bike Skills Essentials that enable you to get the most from your Mountain Bike.

Firecrest MTB’s DeVo Level2 Mountain Bike Skills Courses will be using all the trails on Aston Hill from the Pumptrack to the tight and technical Black Run through to the big jumps and drops on Surface to Air!

All the training is given under the watchful eye of Firecrest MTB’s highly experienced staff providing expert tuition. If you’re looking to develop your Mountain Bike Skills these are the courses for you!

Firecrest’s Mountain Bike Skills Courses are structured to provide a progressive programme of Mountain Bike Skills Training so you can come on them all or just come along on the days you can make to suit.

Thursday 2nd August – 10am – 4pm (6hrs) – Spaces AvailableBook Here>>
Thursday 9th August – 10am – 4pm (6hrs) – Spaces AvailableBook Here>>
Thursday 16th August – 10am – 4pm (6hrs) – Spaces AvailableBook Here>>
Thursday 23rd August – 10am – 4pm (6hrs) – Spaces AvailableBook Here>>
Thursday 30th August – 10am – 4pm (6hrs) – Spaces AvailableBook Here>>

You can attend all of the courses or pick and choose to suit your availability.

Young Rider Development Programme – Level2 – Spring/Summer Saturday Morning Courses – 2018

Firecrest Mountain Biking’s Young Rider Development Programme’s (DeVo) popular Saturday Morning MTB Skills Training Courses (Level2) will be running at Aston Hill Bike Park from Saturday 6th January. The Courses are for Mountain Bikers aged from 12 years to 18 years old looking to develop their Mountain Bike Skills.

The Winter/Spring Saturday Morning Mountain Bike Skills Courses at Aston Hill Bikepark will get you riding your Mountain Bike with more confidence and speed. They are a great opportunity to meet likeminded young riders and progress your riding. From getting faster on the trails on Aston Hill through to racing at Local, Regional and National Competitions.

For young mountain bikers coming through our programme of Mountain Bike Skills Courses they build on the skills taught on the Level1 Courses. All the Training Courses Firecrest run provide an insight into the Mountain Bike Skills Essentials that enable you to get the most from your Mountain Bike.

Firecrest MTB’s DeVo Level2 Mountain Bike Skills Courses will be using all the trails on Aston Hill from the Pumptrack to the tight and technical Black Run through to the big jumps and drops on Surface to Air!

All the training is given under the watchful eye of Firecrest MTB’s highly experienced staff providing expert tuition. If you’re looking to develop your Mountain Bike Skills these are the courses for you!

All of Firecrest’s Mountain Bike Skills Courses are structured to provide a progressive programme of Mountain Bike Skills Training so you can come on them all or just come along on the days you can make to suit.

Courses Dates:

Saturday 24th March 2018 – 10am – 1pm – Spaces Available
Saturday 7th April 2018 – 10am – 1pm – Spaces Available
Saturday 21st April 2018 – 10am – 1pm – Spaces Available
Saturday 5th May 2018 – 10am – 1pm – Spaces Available
Saturday 19th May 2018 – 10am – 1pm – Spaces Available
Saturday 2nd June 2018 – 10am – 1pm – Spaces Available
Saturday 23rd June 2018 – 10am – 1pm – Spaces Available
Saturday 7th July 2018 – 10am – 1pm – Spaces Available
Saturday 21st July 2018 – 10am – 1pm – Spaces Available

Young Rider Development Programme – Level2 – February Half Term Course – 15.03.18

Firecrest Mountain Biking’s Young Rider Development Programme’s (DeVo) popular Half Term MTB Skills Training Courses (Level2) will be running at Aston Hill Bike Park on Thursday 15th February from 10am – 4pm. The Course is for Mountain Bikers aged from 12 years to 18 years old looking to develop their Mountain Bike Skills.

The Half Term Mountain Bike Skills Courses at Aston Hill Bikepark will get you riding your Mountain Bike with more confidence and speed. They are a great opportunity to meet likeminded young riders and progress your riding. From getting faster on the trails on Aston Hill through to racing at Local, Regional and National Competitions.

For young mountain bikers coming through our programme of Mountain Bike Skills Courses they build on the skills taught on the Level1 Courses. All the Training Courses Firecrest run provide an insight into the Mountain Bike Skills Essentials that enable you to get the most from your Mountain Bike.

Firecrest MTB’s DeVo Level2 Mountain Bike Skills Courses will be using all the trails on Aston Hill from the Pumptrack to the tight and technical Black Run through to the big jumps and drops on Surface to Air!

All the training is given under the watchful eye of Firecrest MTB’s highly experienced staff providing expert tuition. If you’re looking to develop your Mountain Bike Skills these are the courses for you!

All of Firecrest’s Mountain Bike Skills Courses are structured to provide a progressive programme of Mountain Bike Skills Training so you can come on them all or just come along on the days you can make to suit.

Courses Date:

Thursday 26th October – 10am – 4pm – Spaces Available

Team Aston Hill 2017 Race Season

It’s been another amazing season for Team Aston Hill. Firecrest MTB are proud to be a Team Partner and provide the Skills Training to the Riders on the Team.

Team Aston Hill Sponsors

“Well that is the 2017 race season over . What a year it has been with 38 podiums for the team. None of this would be possible without the great support and sponsors we have. The team are already working hard with off season training with Firecrest MTB and I cant wait for next season to begin. Thanks you so much to all of you and we look forward to working with you in 2018”.  Joe Kilner Team Aston Hill’s Rider/Manager.

As corny as it sounds, ‘it’s team work that makes the dream work’ and it’s great working with Joe and the racers on Team Aston Hill. Joe puts in an amazing amount of hard work every year to keep Team Aston Hill racing across the UK and Europe, racking up the results along with all social media coverage.

I’d just like to say “Thanks Joe” for all your hard work this year and as you say I can’t wait to get racing again when the season starts in 2018.

Thanks again to all Team Aston Hill Sponsors and Partners.

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Adult RDP – Downhill and Enduro MTB Skills Training – January Course Date!

Sunday 7th January – 9.30am – 1pm
Aston Hill Bike Park
www.astonhillbikepark.co.uk

The Firecrest Mountain Biking Rider Development Programme (RDP) based at Aston Hill Bike Park have Coached some of the fastest Downhill and Enduro Riders and Racers in the UK. Following the success of the Adult Rider Development Programme (RDP) it’s back for Autumn 2017. This is your chance to join a Group Skills Course for riders aged 18 years and over, focussed on Skills Development to optimise your riding.

Firecrest Mountain Biking’s Skills Training is underpinned by ‘The System’ our proven Skills Training method which supports our ‘holistic approach’ to MTB Skills Development. ‘The System’ enables us to work with you and give you an insight into ‘why to do’ things over ‘how to do’ them. This in turn gives you a unique perspective on polishing your Skills and how to imporove your riding.

This Group Course will enable you to access Firecrest MTB Skills Training at a significantly reduced rate. It is a chance to join a focussed Training Group aimed at enabling you to achieve your skills goals

“Cheers Ian for the Devo today. Felt like that was the key to unlocking the next level of riding potential. Quality of tuition was second to none. Learned so much”. – Ed Meakes -12.02.17

The Course is ideal for Downhill and Enduro Riders new to the Firecrest MTB Skills Courses and riders that have previously had MTB Skills Training from Firecrest Mountain Biking. The Course will cover an introduction to the ‘The System’ and then a range of ‘Technical Trail Features’ including but not limited too; Jumps, Drops Corners and Techincal Downhill Sections showing how you can use ‘The System’ to optimise your Skills, Mindset, and give you more speed and confidence out on the trails.

‘The System’ will enable you to understand how to optimise your riding and easily identify areas that you need to focus on to build your confidence and speed. Tapping into our experience will give you the knowlege and confidence needed to ‘fast track’ the improvements to make those skills gains that will take your riding to a new level.