About Us

PROFESSIONAL COACHING

FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE

SKILFUL RIDERS

We believe that riding a Mountain bike is one of the best things in life. We also believe progression makes riding even more enjoyable. That is why we love improving our own MTB skills and are passionate about helping you on your MTB journey.

Our coaching offers any rider of any level the chance to join the Pro Ride MTB Coaching passion for progression.

Background

Pro Ride MTB Coaching started life in 2011 as one of only a few recognised MTB skills coaching companies. The company was originally called Pro Ride Guides and whilst we loved the name, over time we realised our passion was very much aimed towards coaching. That passion is what keeps us developing what we offer and improving your experience.

As coaches, we pride ourselves on our professional coaching, a friendly atmosphere and the quality of our MTB skills. We want you to feel comfortable, so you can get the most from your coaching experience.

All coaches are qualified through Mountain Bike Coaching UK (MBCUK), fully insured and First Aid trained meaning you are in safe hands. As well as the formal training, all coaches receive in-house training where they will learn more about the art of coaching and Pro Ride specific coaching methods. Meet our awesome team below…

Will Hart

As a DH and enduro racer, I have a huge passion for bikes. I enjoy the process of figuring out how to make riding more efficient so I can have even more fun doing the sport I love.

When I am not coaching, I do my own training to prepare to compete at world level downhill racing.

I would describe my coaching style as relaxed but analytical and I enjoy working with a variety of people helping them to progress so they can enjoy the sport as much as I do.

Coaching experience: 3 years MTB coaching

Riding credentials: 8 years riding, currently Elite DH

Coaching locations: Forest of Dean

Rach Wight

I confess to loving everything about bikes (and coffee). I aim to ride my bike everyday and have competed at EWS level.

When I am not riding I am writing about bikes previously writing for MBUK, Bike Radar, Enduro MTB magazine and currently Off-Road.cc.

My love of bikes made me move to the Forest of Dean to enable me to ride from my door.

The satisfaction of coaching for me is seeing people enjoy the progression they are making.

Coaching Experience: 4 years MTB coaching

Riding Credentials: 15 years riding, raced Enduro World Series

Coaching locations: Forest of Dean

Ian Taylor

I am hugely passionate about the outdoors and helping people achieve their goals.

I would describe myself as a methodical rider which is possibly why I enjoy coaching – I enjoy guiding people on their journey to progression. I have raced enduro for 5 years, competing at both national and world level which was an amazing experience.

I have put racing on hold for now as am completing my degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Cardiff Uni.

Coaching Experience: Qualified for 2 years as a MTB coach

Riding Credentials: 7  years riding, raced Enduro World Series

Coaching locations: Forest of Dean

Olly Morris

I am the co-owner of Pro Ride MTB Coaching. I have been racing elite downhill for the past 10 years and raced the UCI downhill World Cup series. 

I have a career in Business Coaching and Training and enjoy bringing that experience into the MTB world.

I work as a coach for the world cup downhill team, MS Mondraker, but enjoy helping riders of all abilities to achieve their goals.

Keep an eye out in MBUK for some of my ‘How to’ articles.

Coaching experience: 5 years MTB coaching (15 as a professional coach)

Riding credentials: 20 years riding, currently Elite DH

Coaching locations: Forest of Dean, Cwmcarn

Joe Rafferty

I am the co-owner and founder of Pro Ride MTB Coaching. I have ridden at elite level for 10 years, my highlights include top 10 at the infamous mass start Megavalanche in France.

Sharing my passion for bikes comes in many formats, from writing magazine articles, consulting on trails or setting up my Ard Rock enduro events.

I love helping riders improve and get the buzz out of seeing how quickly riders progress in such a short space of time.

Coaching experience: 10 years MTB coaching

Riding credentials: 20 years riding, Elite enduro

Coaching locations: Yorkshire

Jo Lee

I am the lucky person who gets to arrange all of the coaching sessions for our customers – I love helping find the right course or session to help you progress.

I am super passionate about the outdoors and have a background in coaching, training and people leadership.

I have been coached by several of the coaches in the Pro Ride team and am happy to say I have never felt so confident on my bike.