It all started one summers morning in 1987 when I woke up, opened my curtains and found a brand new Raleigh BMX stood in the middle of the lawn. From those first wobbly days learning to ride my new bike much of my life was spent on two wheels.
In the summer of 1994 the addiction well and truly set in. That was the first of many summers to be spent living in the woods, digging trails, racing bikes and breaking parts and helmets. In the coming years I took my one trusty bike to cross country, downhill and dual slalom races and then rode the same bike for trials, street and early freeride competitions.
That first bike was eventually upgraded by working weekends and holidays in the local bike shop and then the collection of bikes started to slowly grow.
In 2003 the progression from addiction to career started when I became a professionally qualified mountain bike instructor. In the following years I studied Outdoor and Environmental Education at college and then went on the Liverpool John Moores University to study the same subject at degree level. Along side academia the professional qualifications in a range of outdoor pursuits activities grew (and continues to do so). Whilst studying at JMU the Carbon-Monkey dream took off. After working for a number of activity providers I knew mountain biking could be done better but knew to really succeed I had to go it alone.
In 2009 Carbon-Monkey officially took off. After six years of running courses for other people I could now run courses the way I believed they should be run – with passion, energy and dedication to always being better. After completing all of the MBLA MTB leader awards available, and then adding to these a British Cycling level 2 coach award and Nation Standards (Bikeability) instructor training I became one of the most qualified MTB leaders in the country and set my sights on guiding and coaching all over the UK. Since then I’ve guided from Dartmoor to the Highlands and coached riders from those learning to ride a bike for the first time, to those with their sights set on podium finishes. You’re in good, experienced hands with Carbon-Monkey so now is the time to upgrade your skills with us.
Carbon-Monkey are a specialist MTB skills course provider who run mountainbike courses in North Wales, the Lake District, Peak District, Scotland and on Cannock Chase. We grew up riding the trails of Snowdonia and MTB all over North Wales. From Jumps and Drops courses to multi day MTB expeditions, at Carbon-Monkey we are ready to welcome you on a MTB skills course that will provide real improvement to your riding. MTB skills are our passion and Bikepacking adventure expeditions our escapism, when will you join us?