Trail School Pyrenees

The school is run by Austin's right-hand man - Dai Jones  

General Outline

  • This project is aimed at total beginners
  • You don’t need ANY off-road experience
  • Build trail-riding confidence in a world-class setting
  • I can provide a simple trail bike if you so desire
  • This project is ONLY for trail bikes

Austin's Endorsement…

Dai Jones is my associate on the Mini Mondo project and has proved himself a world class expedition leader. During our time in Spain, customers kept telling me how much they had learned whilst trail-riding in Dai’s squad. His patient, clear and knowledgeable approach is a gift that many instructors on the scene could do well to emulate. It is truly rare to find a coach who has such empathy with the ‘cautious beginner’. It is this kid glove and ‘still small voice of calm’ approach that makes Dai my first choice for anyone who needs to build skill in a testosterone-free environment. I trust him, so will you.

 

Welcome to the Trail School Pyrenees. This project is designed to be a golden opportunity to advance your riding skills massively, make great like-minded friends, enjoy some of Europe’s premier off-tarmac routes, enjoy great accommodation, food, and company. I have put together a program that will enable you to build confidence improve safety and feel in control of your bike. The training is structured, proven to work, and is all delivered in a patient grown up manner with plenty of time to think things through. Expect to watch videos, enjoy trailside classroom talks and extra encouragement via your intercom. (you don't need to bring your own)

Skills offered include, Bike set up and maintenance, Kit set up and tips, safe trail reading, navigation, hill climbing skills, emergency stops, endless cornering and handling drills, hopping obstacles, group riding etiquette and ton more. 

This project was born out of the 2016 Mini Mondo Wilderness Project. It was clear that many riders needed some low pressure ‘quiet’ riding to build skill and confidence. For some people Mini Mondo was a little too intense. The Trail School aims to be a foundation course to help novices and starter adventure riders.



Where?

All courses take place in the stunning Catalonian Pyrenees where the trails are endless and the scenery is mind-blowing. 

Cal Cuix- Berga

Casa Catels- Organya

Solana de Aidi- Llavorsi

All of these Country houses have been handpicked to offer comfort and old-world charm. The trails start at our doorstep and go in several directions, you will not ride the same route twice.





 

When?

 

27th September- 3rd October 2020 - Classic Trail School, aimed at total beginners and cautious improvers.

4th October- 10th October 2020 - Trail School Extra, designed as the next step for TS graduates, moderate riders looking to improve technique and naturals.

What?

I have put together a structured program of different riding skills that are designed to help build confidence and deliver a real sense of fast improvement that can be used for the rest of your riding life. We will start very gently on easy open trails that will help get some basics nailed, by the end of the week you will be confident attacking tougher climbs and previously scary descents. The mornings will be structured learning with afternoons having a more relaxed feel with plenty of time to hone your new-found skills. All the training will take part whilst trail riding so there will also be a sense of travel whilst improving. Instruction will be given in a relaxed way face to face with further encouragement offered via intercom whilst riding..



On our last day expect an odyssey we spend less time on skills and more time on travel, this is designed to ensure you leave feeling you are confident to take on our Mini Mondo or enter one of Austin's Spanish Navigation events. 



How?

 

Bikes. Hire bikes are available from our ex-pat friend Nick Tunstall at Catalan adventures. (expect to pay around 85 Euros a day) You can also bring your own trail bike, I recommend that you bring something small and easy to manage, I'm sorry to say that bike adventure bikes are simply not a suitable learning tool for these courses. I often have a couple of spare bike spaces in my van and can transports bikes at a cost of £250 each along with a kit bag.

Accommodation. Expect to share a twin room with another participant. This is a self-catering holiday which means everyone needs to pull their weight with the cooking and cleaning. I provide all the necessary food and beverage including packed lunches, wine and beer in the evening and the odd Cafe con leche when we're 

The accommodation is also included.

£750 per person

£200 deposit secures your place.

Absolutely no insurance of any kind is included in this project. Ensure you have your EHIC card and your own vehicle and holiday insurance to cover you in the eventuality of a serious accident.

Both trips are £750 per person

£200 Non-refundable deposit secures a place.

 

WARNING

Off Road Motorcycling is extremely dangerous, you could be killed or suffer a life changing injury!!!!!


To express an initial interest please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to have a chat call 07854970601,01633216430

 

 
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River ford crossings are a common feature of this rugged landscape.

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Be prepared to pick up the odd battle scar on your bike, it is inevitable that you will drop your bike from time to time, so get protected, hand guards and crash bars are a must.

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As you develop your skills we will progress onto more broken terrain, check these guys out, it's all about confidence!

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If you aspire to ride like these guys then TSP is the place to to start!

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Welcome to Cal Xiu!

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Make a big Splash in the plunge pool.

0263A mountain top briefing, not a bad place to learn your craft.

Dai Jones

Your trainer Dai says: "I've logged thousands of miles of trails in this area over the last 10 years, so rest assured the trails will be appropriate for beginners and grow in difficulty as your confidence and skill improve through out the week".