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Learn trials riding in the beautiful Peak District

By James Keen -

Riding Skills

 17 September 2010 15:14

Fancy learning the patient and skilled art of trials riding? One of Britain’s most successful Dakar endurance riders - Mick Extance - is running a series of new Trials Experience Days, based in the beautiful Peak District. 

Mick explained: “We saw there was a need for a trials experience as there are only a handful in the country and, from talking with bikers generally and also our current customers, we knew this was something we wanted to add to the Mick Extance Off-Road Experience as a next step. Off-road riding is an incredible way to get into biking and it’s a great way to learn great bike control skills, as well as have really good fun.”

Experienced trials rider Stuart Day is the chief instructor, and he draws on fifteen years of enduro and trials experience. The school itself will be based on Stuart’s own working farm, which is comprised of 200 acres of land at Leek in Staffordshire’s Peak District.

Stuart’s passion for off-road has seen him turn his farm into the ultimate play area for motorcycles, with purpose-built tracks as well as natural terrain which offers the perfect blend of challenges for riders of all abilities, from the novice trials rider to the most experienced.

The first of the new trials schools will be held on 20 and 27 November with two further dates in 2010 on 11 and 19 December. Each school will be run with small groups of four to allow for plenty of support and tuition for each rider. The cost is £195 per rider and includes the loan of all riding kit and the Montessa bike, lunch, refreshments, tuition and fuel. Days start at 9.30am and run until 3.30pm.

Trials motorcycles are single-cylinder, lightweight machines designed specifically to traverse difficult terrain at slow speeds. Trials riders stand up on the footpegs to maintain perfect balance with the bike – so there’s no seat! To handle the terrain, tyres are grippy, knobbly and run very low pressures.

For further information about the trials, enduro or motocross days at the Mick Extance Honda Off-Road Experience, go to www.mickextanceoffroad.com or call 07809 464050.