Firecrest MTB Young Rider Development Programme – DeVo – Half Term and Saturday Morning Courses – Winter 2022

Bookings for the Half Term Holiday’s and Saturday morning DeVo Level1, DeVo Evo, Girls DeVo and Level2 Courses for young mountain bikers from 12-16yrs of age are now live.

The Saturday morning courses will be running fortnightly on Saturday mornings. These courses are aimed at riders from 12-16yrs of age looking to have fun, work on their skills and ride with other young mountain bikers.

All of our 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 DeVo Young Rider MTB Skills Courses Half Term and Winter 2022 programme with links to the booking pages: –

DeVo Level2 – Saturday 26th November
9.30am – 12.30pm – 12-16yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Level2 – Saturday 10th December 
9.30am – 12.30pm – 12-16yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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Firecrest MTB Young Rider Development Programme – DeVo – Saturday Morning Courses – Autumn 2022

The Saturday morning DeVo Level2 Courses for young mountain bikers from 12-16yrs of age return to Rushmere Country Park from Saturday 3rd September. The courses will then be running fortnightly on Saturday mornings. These courses are aimed at riders from 12-16yrs of age looking to have fun, work on their skills and ride with other young mountain bikers.

All of our 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 DeVo Level2 Autumn 2022 programme with links to the booking pages:-

DeVo Level2 – Saturday 3rd September
9.30am – 12.30pm – 12-16yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Level2 – Saturday 17th September
9.30am – 12.30pm – 12-16yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Level2 – Saturday 1st October
9.30am – 12.30pm – 12-16yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Level2 – Saturday 15th October
9.30am – 12.30pm – 12-16yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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Firecrest MTB – DeVo Level2 Road Trip – BikePark Wales – 17.08.22

Firecrest Mountain Biking’s Young Rider Development Programme’s (DeVo) is on the road. With Aston Hill Bike Park staying closed we are heading to BikePark Wales for day at one of the UK’s top BikeParks.

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE>>>

Course Details

The day trip to BikePark Wales is for Mountain Bikers aged from 12 years to 18 years old its recommended that you are a DeVo Level2 Regular having attended at least 3 DeVo Level2 courses in the last 6 months.

We will be riding the trails at BikePark Wales under the watchful eye of Firecrest MTB’s highly experienced staff providing expert tuition.

The trails at BikePark Wales offer something for everyone with a range of graded mountain bike trails. We’ll also be using the Uplift so there’s no riding or pushing to be done to get back to the top for another run!

We’ll meet outside the Visitor Welcome Centre at BikePark Wales for 9.15am prompt you’ll need to arrange your own travel but there may be the option to lift share.

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NB: This course requires participants to have and wear their own Full Face Helmets with gloves and knee pads as a minimum level of protection. 

Firecrest MTB Young Rider Development Programme – DeVo – Summer Holiday Courses 2022

We have a packed programme of Mountain Bike Skills Courses for young mountain bikers over the Summer Holidays. With DeVo Level1 and DeVo Evo on Tuesday’s and DeVo Level2 all day on Thursday’s.

Our Summer Holiday Kids Courses can be booked through the following online platforms. 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 programme with links to the booking pages:-

DeVo Level2 – Thursday 18th August
10am – 4pm – 12-18yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book your place here>>>

DeVo Level1 – Tuesday 30th August
10am – 12pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book your place here>>>

DeVo Evo – Tuesday 30th August
12pm – 3pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book your place here>>>

DeVo Level2 – Thursday 1st September
10am – 4pm – 12-18yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book your place here>>>

 

FMTB Young Rider Development Programme – DeVo – Easter Holiday Courses 2022

We have a packed programme of Mountain Bike Skills Courses for kids over the Easter Holidays. With the Holidays split by a week for Beds and Bucks we have 3 weeks of sessions so you won’t miss out. With DeVo Level1 and DeVo Evo on Tuesday’s and DeVo Level2 all day on Thursday’s. We also have a Girls DeVo on Saturday 2nd April 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 programme with links to the booking pages:-

DeVo Level2 – Saturday 2nd April
9.30am – 12.30pm – 12-18yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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Girls DeVo
Saturday 2nd April
9.30am – 12.30pm
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

DeVo Level1 – Tuesday 5th April (Beds Easter Holidays)
10am – 12pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Evo – Tuesday 5th April (Beds Easter Holidays)
1pm – 3pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Level1 – Tuesday 12th April (Bucks and Beds Easter Holidays)
10am – 12pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Evo – Tuesday 12th April (Bucks and Beds Easter Holidays)
1pm – 3pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
SOLD OUT

DeVo Level2 – Thursday 14th April (Bucks and Beds Easter Holidays)
10am – 4pm – 12-18yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Level2 – Saturday 16th April
9.30am – 12.30pm – 12-18yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Bookings open 04.04.22 at 10am

DeVo Level1 – Tuesday 19th April (Bucks Beds Half Term)
10am – 12pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Evo – Tuesday 19th April (Bucks Beds Half Term)
1pm – 3pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Level2 – Thursday 21st April (Bucks and Beds Easter Holidays)
10am – 1pm – 12-18yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
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DeVo Level2 – Saturday 30th April
9.30am – 12.30pm – 12-18yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Bookings open 18.04.22 at 10am


 

FMTB Young Rider Development Programme – DeVo – Spring Half Term Holiday Courses 2022

We have a packed programme of Mountain Bike Skills Courses for kids over the Spring Half Term Holidays. With the Holidays split by a week for Beds and Bucks we have 2 weeks of sessions so you won’t miss out. With DeVo Level1 and DeVo Evo on Tuesday’s and DeVo Level2 all day on Thursday’s. We also have a Girls DeVo on Saturday 19 February 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 programme with links to the booking pages:-

DeVo Level1 – Tuesday 15th February (Beds Half Term)
10am – 12pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

DeVo Evo – Tuesday 15th February (Beds Half Term)
1pm – 3pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

DeVo Level2 – Thursday 17th February
10am – 4pm – 12-18yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Bookings open soon

DeVo Level2 – Saturday 19th February
9.30am – 12.30pm – 12-18yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Bookings open 07.02.22 at 10am

Girls DeVo
Saturday 19th February – 9.30am – 12.30pm
Rushmere Country Park
£20.00* Per Person
Book Your Place Here>>>

DeVo Level1 – Tuesday 22nd February (Bucks Beds Half Term)
10am – 12pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

DeVo Evo – Tuesday 22nd February (Bucks Beds Half Term)
1pm – 3pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

DeVo Level2 – Thursday 24h February
10am – 4pm – 12-18yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Bookings open soon

FMTB Young Rider Development Programme – DeVo – Autumn Half Term Holiday Courses 2021

We have a packed programme of Mountain Bike Skills Courses for kids over Autumn Half Term Holidays. With DeVo Level1 and DeVo Evo on Tuesday and DeVo Level2 all day on Thursday. We also have a Girls DeVo on Saturday 23rd October 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 programme with links to the booking pages:-

DeVo Level2 – Saturday 18th October
9.30am – 12.30pm – 12-18yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

Girls DeVo – Saturday 23rd October
9.30am – 12.30pm – 12-18yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

DeVo Level1 – Tuesday 26th October
10am – 12pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

DeVo Evo – Tuesday 26th October
1pm – 3pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

DeVo Level2 – Thursday 28th October
10pm – 4pm – 12-18yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

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 Level1 – Tuesday 10th August
10am – 12pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

DeVo Evo – Tuesday 10th August
1pm – 3pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

DeVo Level2 – Thursday 12th August
10am – 4pm – 12-16yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

DeVo Level1 – Tuesday 17th August
10am – 12pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

DeVo Evo – Tuesday 17th August
1pm – 3pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

DeVo Level2 – Thursday 19th August
10am – 4pm – 12-16yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

DeVo Level1 – Tuesday 24th August
10am – 12pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

DeVo Evo – Tuesday 24th August
1pm – 3pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

DeVo Level2 – Thursday 26th August
10am – 4pm – 12-16yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park
Book Your Place Here>>>

DeVo Level2 – Saturday 24th July
9.30am – 12.30pm 12-16yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park

DeVo Level1 – Tuesday 27th July
10am – 12pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park

DeVo Evo – Tuesday 27th July
1pm – 3pm – 8-12yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park

DeVo Level2 – Thursday 29th July
10am – 4pm – 12-16yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park

Girls DeVo – Saturday 31st July
9.30am – 12.30pm – 10-16yrs of age
Rushmere Country Park

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>>>

Firecrest Mountain Biking – Covid-19 Status Update

Having just about survived a very challenging end to 2020 and relocating my coaching to Rushmere Country Park I had hoped for a better start to 2021. However, I have been given the news that I was dreading, but felt once again was going to be inevitable in light of the numbers being reported due to the Covid-19 outbreak, that The Greensands Trust have taken the decision to close the Ridge Riders Trails at Rushmere Country Park.

As a result of this closure I am again as I have been in the previous Lockdowns no longer able to run Mountain Bike Skills Courses on the Downhill and Jump Trails at Rushmere Country Park. There are no easy decisions in these challenging times and no one ever wants to hear that they are unable to run the business that puts food on the table and a roof over their head but I, like many self-employed small business owners, find myself in that challenging position.

Needless to say, I will of course again be offering everyone that’s booked a Course the option to re-book once the third Covid-19 Lockdown is over. Again as a self-employed sole trader in a small business your financial support at this time is much appreciated.

Under the guidance issued by the Government for personal trainers and personal training I can run 1-2-1 courses on the Cross-Country Trails at Rushmere Country Park. Whilst these trails don’t offer the technical challenges that are found on the Ridge Riders Trails there are a number of sections perfect for perfecting your mountain bike skills.

I’m able to work on the fundamentals of the Firecrest MTB Skills System and get you riding faster with more confidence. It’s a great opportunity to get back to basics or to work on those habits that are holding you back on the more technical trails.

Obviously there are concerns over travel during the current Lockdown. As we understand the guidance you are ok to travel if it is for the ‘express purpose of exercise’ so travelling to Rushmere Park for a 1-2-1 MTB skills session would be permitted. There is no legal limit set on the distance you can travel for exercise in England. Obviously we are not suggesting you should travel for hours to come and see us but if you did want to book a session and travels to see us you would be within the rules.

Once again I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers, friends and staff for their continued support. Yes, once again we find ourselves in unbelievably challenging times, but getting out for a bike ride will help clear your head and above all it will keep you fit and healthy, with more resilience to fight Covid-19 ‘IF’ you do get it! Stay safe out there and I’ll see you from a safe distance on the Trails (just not on the Ridge Riders Trails until they re-open).