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
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