A friend of mine gave me the idea of doing some one on one Mountain bike skills training. I had been riding for about a year and had got to a stage where Bottle Lake and McLean’s Island no longer challenged me but I wasn’t technically good enough to master the next stage. I would try riding more technically challenging things with my partner but it would usually end up with me either falling off or walking. My friend had done a weekend course with Carol and found it invaluable not to mention totally enjoyable.

So after a quick email and phone call I found myself at the bottom of Rapaki ready for my first 2 hour session. Within minutes of meeting Carol I was at ease and laughing and after 2 minutes into our ride I was learning things to improve my riding. In the first session we covered some climbing techniques and some tricky single track points where previously I had to get off and walk.

Anyway to cut a long story short, 3 sessions later, a few bruises and lots of laughs I have accomplished so much. I ride a lot more technical tracks, enjoy hill climbs and had an amazing trip throughout the south island riding tracks with my partner that I never would have attempted 3 months ago.

I can’t speak more highly of Carol, not only her knowledge in the sport but her positive attitude, sense of humour and ability to really relate to her clients. She is genuinely invested in you achieving your goals and having a lot of fun along the way.

Emma Godfrey, 40