Carbon-Monkey is a dedicated MTB skills coaching, leadership and bikepacking organisation based in Snowdonia, North Wales. Surrounded by some of the best mountain biking on earth and headed up by a lifelong mountain bike addict, Tom Johnstone, we offer the highest quality skills coaching course, unique MTB leadership training and wilderness bikepacking expeditions.
Our mountain bike skills courses are designed to develop the riding skills and abilities of any rider, from beginners to seasoned pro's. We design our programmes from the fundamentals of mountain biking upwards and only used experienced coaches to deliver these courses.
Our bikepacking courses run all over the UK and we have a package for everyone. From our two day 'intro to bikepacking' courses to week long wilderness expeditions, there's an adventure to suit every rider waiting for you here.
We offer MTB leader training courses as well as a bespoke technical advice service to suit your leaders needs, location and client group. If you are an aspirant leader, centre manager or leader looking to progress and develop please contact us for more information on the services we can offer.
A lifetime of riding and a career of professional MTB guiding, coaching and leadership means you're in safe hands with us
There's nothing we love doing more than riding bikes and helping you to get more out of riding yours
From coaching theory and practice, to getting our hands dirty working as bike shop mechanics, all of our skills are ingrained from real life experience
A couple of times a year I’m lucky enough to get down to Dartmoor to help run expeditions across the moors. In a good year at least one of those trips will involve some sunshine. This is my first trip of the year and it’s started well! En route down to Dartmoor I managed to[…]
I’m hooked on packrafts, I love mine and any excuse to go paddling, with or without my bike, I’m there – so when my wife showed interest in giving it a go I was eager to share the joys of packrafting. With the packraft kit packed (in a ridiculously small bag), we headed off to[…]
UK Bikepacking accomodation: Depending on where in the country you’re planning on heading off to on your bikepacking adventure, there will be various options for your overnight ‘accommodation’. We’ll start by looking at all the viable options and then narrow it down depending on where you’re going: B&B Bunkhouse Bothy Campsite Wild camp – tent[…]
UK bikepacking: So you’ve decided how much time you have, how far from home you can stray, how far you think you can ride in a day (start with 100-200% of your usual ‘Sunday morning’ ride distance assuming your adventure will be in similar terrain) and started looking into suitable areas for your bikepacking adventure.[…]
The best place to start is to narrow down your options a little, as the UK, and places that are within easy reach of the UK, offer most of the best MTB and bikepacking terrain in the world, so to start things off ask yourself a few questions: How many days do I have free?[…]
I often ride with, or meet up with riders, who are experienced and competent mountain bikers. Riders who are fit, technically capable, able to keep their bike rolling when break downs happen. Riders who have most of the skills they need to get out in big mountains on a real adventure, so what’s stopping them?[…]
After a night of relative comfort on a reclined leather chair in the main hall of Bergen airport I face the somewhat mammoth task of shifting my 23kg hold bag, 26kg bike box and 8kg flight bag, by bus, train, minibus and a fair bit of carrying, to my start point. The buses start early,[…]
Choosing what to pack, and what to leave at home on a trip like this is always hard. I have to pack personal kit for bikepacking in big mountains and real wilderness, sea kayak kit for a big solo trip and then personal and safety kit for supervising groups of Gold DofE sea kayakers for[…]
The preparation for two weeks in Norway bikepacking and sea kayaking took days, mainly fine tuning my food, my kit and splitting what I could fly with from what I couldn’t. I’m a food fan and believe strongly that food on expedition should be good, nutritious and include fruit and veg, which either involves buying[…]
Love biking? Love camping? Want to go bikepacking? Not sure where to start? Join us for two days of biking, camping, riding great trails, eating great food and learning all you need to know to head off into the wilds for your very own bikepacking adventure. No need to buy any specialist kit, just bring[…]
Snuck out this afternoon for a quick ride with full bikepacking kit strapped onboard. That’s framebag (homemade) Anything cage and (homemade) bag Bar bag (on modified mini pannier rack) Saddle bag (on modified mini pannier) Fuel bag (from beerbabe – superb!) Map board And the bike handled superbly on all the trail, techy and twisty,[…]
The end of March saw the start of the expedition season proper. First off we were helping out with a gold DofE on Dartmoor and my did the groups get lucky, sunny clear days and beautiful star filled nights (with the odd bit of fog and a few cloud inversions). While on the moor we[…]
There’s a few spectacular sea kayak trips in the diary for this year so in preparation I decided to do a bit of CPD and spend a few days out paddling with some fellow sea kayak instructors. Typically we picked a week that saw force 8 gales coming through, huge seas and plenty of rain,[…]
Whilst up in North Wales last week I managed to sneak in a quick trip over to Newborough on the fatbike. It was howling a gale (25-30mph winds) blowing me sideways across the beach and whipping the sand off the dunes and tearing at my legs and face but it was wonderful getting out in[…]