Kids / Youth Coaching Sessions I am running some sessions for kids and youth riders in the Nethy Bridge and Grantown area. They will be for any ability and age. Depending on the level of interest, I will run different sessions based on abilities, including a girls only session. The sessions will initially run at Anagach Woods at Grantown - on - Spey, however, Off the Grid has a mini bus and a bike trailer, so there is the potential to take the kids / youths to other trails within the area. The sessions cost £5 per week for a full 2 hours coaching. The sessions will initially run on most Saturday mornings but will move to a Thursday evening when the clocks change to British Summer Time.
Please contact me if you are interested in the sessions or if you have any questions.
Will resume after the clocks change
Summer Trips and Family Adventures
Kids summer trips
Five day trips - £240
July 29-August 2 FULL August 5 - 9 FULL Mountain bike camp - 5 days away in one of the best areas for mountain biking. We will be staying in the heart of the Cairngorms with access to endless single track. My intention is to improve the riders skills with coaching sessions, an appreciation of the environment within which we will be riding and emphasis on the importance of self sufficiency. Pick up will be at 0800 hrs on the first day and we will aim to arrive back about 1700 hrs at the end of the trip, unless the weather is good and the kids want to keep having fun. A rough idea of the rides I would like to do are
Drumnadrochit single track and in the afternoon at Inverness pump track. Fort William single track not the down hill course. Single track around Aviemore, Carrbridge, Feshiebridge and Glenmore Dunkeld Laggan or Learnie Red Rocks
There is an option for a canoe wild camp on the last two days if there is enough interest.
Bivvie Adventure - £80
July 22-23 2 Spaces August 12-13 1 space
I have 4 sets of bike packing kit so the intention is to head out on a mini adventure - sleep under the stars, not too remote, cook your own food and get back to basics. The routes will include some great single track and hopefully a very memorable experience. Just bring a bike, sleeping bag and a sense of adventure and I will provide the rest. The final route will be dictated by the riders abilities and where they are coming from I am happy to pick them up and organise a route not to far from home.
3 day biking canoeing trip £160 July 24-26 2 Spaces
Last year I ran several trips during the summer holidays, these were mainly for groups of kids but one was for family groups. The focus was on Adventure! taking riders to areas and trails that were away from trail centers. I also included a canoe trip with a wild camp which was great fun. Getting back to basics was a great experience for everyone and made them think about what was important, there was wifi and no tumble dryer to dry your socks.
The kids summer trips were run over 3 days
Day 1 - Is a full days mountain biking in a mountain environment, not up top but in the lower glens with some great natural trails. Day 2 - A morning on natural trails before setting off in Canadian canoes after lunch. There are a couple of destinations depending on the wind but we will be on the water for 1-2 hours before setting up a wild camp in a remote location. Day 3 - is the reverse of day two arriving back at shore for about 11 to hit some more trails before heading home.
Family Trips £120 August 12-13 FULL This trip will leave Grantown or Inverness area depending on where people are coming from. The first mornings ride will be on natural trails and will depend on the abilities of the riders that come along as to where we go. We will get to either Loch Tay or Loch Faskally at about 1300hrs to have lunch and get ready for the canoe trip to our over night camp. There will be lots of time for some fun in the water once we get there, wet suits are advised as it will be rather cold. Day two, after a big breakfast we will return to shore and depending on the kids we will ride some more single track or stop off at a trail centre on the way home, returning around 1700-1800hrs.
If there is a group of friends or a family that would like to try something different then please contact me and I will arrange a trip specifically for you.
The cost includes all travel and food, you will only need to bring your bike, clothing, sleeping bag, sleeping mat and a packed lunch for the first day.
2 Day trip £120
The video above is from some of my summer trips, not all with kids but it gives you an idea of what is possible on a bike and how much fun you can have on my trips.