by Mastering MTB Skills

COST: R1500pp per month (minimum 3 month enrolment) 

SCHEDULE: TUES, WED, THURS 15:00-17:30, SAT 07:00 -11:00



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Mastering MTB Skills – YOUTH ACADEMY (ages 12+)

Wessel Jacobsz & Victoria Rose from Mastering MTB Skills and Ride Like A Girl invite you to enroll your kids into our highly educational and internationally accredited Mountain Bike Skills academy. Geared towards kids from 12 years old and up, we have a program that caters for all skill levels and abilities.  

Every enrolled participant has full access to all our mtb experiences and skills training and fun fitness sessions. Choose which days and events you would like your child to attend or let them join them all. It’s up to you. There are also weekly events for you to join with your young shredder, so you can enjoy their growth and progression together, and with us.

Get your kids to learn everything about mountain biking in an all encompassing, fun, and inclusive environment where we will help to build not only excellent skills in mountain biking but also provide an open environment where we give support, encourage and challenge each other. 

With access to the latest global developments in MTB skills education and applications, and with emphasis on meeting international standards, we are confident your child will learn, and progress his or her’s mountain biking ability to the next level, opening up a whole new world of possibilities. With years of teaching experience in skilling-up and training MTB youth and young adults locally and abroad, and our long standing reputation for offering world class coaching, we provide a professional mountain biking skills training program and experience for you and your kids to be a part of.

Focusing on the skills and theory needed for MTB Cross-Country lap racing, Enduro MTB racing, Downhill racing, and All-Mountain Trail Riding, we provide a comprehensive training program that covers in-depth all the requirements for your child to confidently handle their mountain bikes throughout all disciplines. With all our classes rotating daily between all the best bike-parks in Gauteng, we ensure that a wide variety of trails and features are covered, exposing your kids to different trails and riding conditions.

With several instructors available to meet the needs of all ages, and all levels, together with carefully planned and laid out daily training sessions encompassing the theory and practicality of mountain biking, we guarantee your kids will not only progress and improve their mountain biking & trail riding abilities, but also learn a whole set of other important life skills while having an awesome and fulfilling experience riding their bikes with us.

Get in touch with us to enroll your child into the most comprehensive and all encompassing MTB skills training program available in South Africa. Limited spots available so don’t miss out!

Daily schedules and what your enrollment includes


Choose any day or join them all. Please note that it is mandatory to attend at least one MTB fundamentals session on a Wednesday afternoon or during a weekend group session. 

Mastering MTB Skills Academy: MTB Enduro & Cross Country Training in Gauteng


All venues will be communicated to participants before each session starts. Venues will rotate between all the major bike parks in Gauteng. This will include The Big Red Barn, Wolwespruit, Grootfontein, Buffelsdrift, Iron Throne, Thaba Trails, Delta park and Old Parks.

Tuesdays: Fun Fitness  15:00-17:30

Tuesdays are dedicated to the endurance in enduro and the country in XCO. We will be focused on getting strong and fit on the bike by utilising innovative and fun outdoor fitness games and on-the-bike drills that incorporates skills. From sprint intervals, endurance games, timed challenges, trail riding strength & conditioning and long base rides – we will be covering various MTB specific outdoor strength and fitness exercises during this weekly 2.5 hour training session.

  • Enduro/XCO/XC specific fun fitness drills
  • Intervals & Sprints
  • Timed Challenges and personal fitness development
  • Guided long base rides (zone 2 rides)


Wednesday: Bike Handling Skills & Drills, Bike Setup & Trailside Maintenance 15:00 – 17:30

Wednesdays are dedicated to fine-tuning bike handling skills and learning about bike setup and maintenance. We will be focused on dialling in correct riding form and technique with particular attention paid to the core fundamental skills of enduro and cross country mountain biking. These skills include progression sessions on high speed cornering, tactical braking, riding drop-offs, steep & technical descending and climbing, rocks & roots, jumping and pumping, understanding trail speed and finding flow. This session will be conducted in a controlled setting with skills obstacles, and out on the trails. We will also learn about different bike setups and shock settings for different types of terrains. We will additionally include monthly sessions on how to deal with trailside mechanicals such as flat tyres, chain problems, gear settings, derailure repairs and adjustments and more.

  • Enduro/XCO core skills and bike handling
  • Skills Challenges and Trials 
  • Jump, Pump & Flow
  • Bike setup education
  • Trailside mechanicals and repairs


Thursday: Skills Outride – Tactics, line choices & approaches 15:00 – 18:00

Thursdays is dedicated to riding trails, finding lines, practicing our approaches and discussing tactics for faster, smoother and more controlled riding. We will be focused on learning everything we can about the trails that we ride so we can ride safely with more flow, speed and control. We will discuss, demonstrate and practice how to approach every section of trail.

  • On The Trails Skills Ride – Lines choices, approaches, and tactics.


Saturday: Race Days & Practice 07:00 – 11:00

Saturdays are dedicated to riding & racing! We will be focused on event & race simulations and on the actual day of racing we will all be there together! This session is focused on practicing the real thing in preparation for the big race day. We will be putting down some safe timed runs and laps to see where we stand. These runs will get progressively faster as we measure-up our speed and approach through all the trails. The goal is to practice racing safely and then go race! We will ensure that we spend enough time at the actual race venues to practice and learn the lines before race day.

  • Race practice & Simulation (XCO & Enduro simulations)
  • Shuttle Sessions
  • Timed runs, friendly competitions, STRAVA challenges
  • Race days and events

*please note some races take place on Sundays

What It Includes:

  • Internationally Certified Coaching & Fitness Training #BICP
  • Demonstrations and personal feedback
  • Photos and Videos 
  • Internationally Accredited Certificate Of Attendance
  • 15% Discount on all purchases
  • Race support at all the relevant events
  • Exclusive deals on training camps & getaways
  • Monthly get together “Ride & Braai”
  • Monthly competitions and gear giveaways
  • Terms & conditions apply

Plan Your Weekends 

Sunday Public Group Sessions – Rotating sessions at all the bike parks in Gauteng 

FREE for enrolled kids; 15% Discount for Parents – please contact us directly to book !!

  • Mastering MTB Skills: Level 1 MTB Fundamentals
  • Mastering MTB Skills: Level 2 Corners Drops Hops
  • Mastering MTB Skills: Level 3 Big Drops and Technical Rocks
  • Mastering MTB Skills: Jump With Confidence  
  • Mastering MTB Skills Rides – Intermediate/advanced trail ride with tips and demonstrations

Sunday: Group Session 08:30am – 10:30am

  • Various Sessions – open to enrolled academy youths (free) and to the public (R750pp)


Contact us to enrol your kid: email or call Wessel on 0717414039 if you have any questions and to enrol your child.

  • Register online, sign the indemnity and make payment
  • We will add you to our WhatsApp “Ride Planning” group where we will communicate with all the parents.
  • Drop your kids off with us 15 minutes before the sessions starts at the bike park venue.
  • Collect your kid after the session, come have a chat with us if you like!
  • Listen to the stoke in your kids voice on the way home 😉

**Bike park fee’s at own cost

What your kid needs

  • A modern mountain bike in good working condition
  • Snacks, hydration and sunblock.
  • Helmet – No Helmet No Ride. Please note that we highly recommend Full Face helmets for our advanced classes. We will communicate with you which sessions we require this. (We sell helmets)
  • Protective gear – Gloves, Knee Pads, Elbow Guards, and Shin Pads (We sell these)
  • Pedals – although clips are fine to use at most of our sessions, we do require mandatory flat pedals and shoes for some of our advanced classes. Students attempting difficult and consequential features first have to show us mastery in flats before we allow them to progress the skill to clips. This is particularly important during big jumps and drops progressions. We highly recommend flat pedals and shoes for correct bike handling form and techniques. All of which are transferable to clips (We sell flat pedals and shoes)
  • Eye protection – we advise that your kids wear proper eye protection either in the form of MTB specific sunglasses or goggles to protect from the harsh African sun and also debris and trailside dangers like rocks, trees and sticks that could potentially harm eyes (We sell eye protection)

All sessions conducted by certified and internationally accredited coaches qualified through the Bike Instructor Certification Program Africa headed up by Wessel Jacobsz & Victoria Rose.

**Terms & Conditions

All events/sessions subject to change due to bad weather conditions. Only direct family members eligible for discounts and deals. Bike park fees are not included. All rights reserved. Prices subject to change. We reserve the right to expel any participant from the program should they cause danger or abuse to others. Some weekday events/sessions may be postponed to a later date due to events such as courses camps and getaways coinciding. We regret no refunds will be given. No payment no participation. Three month minimum enrolment. Thursday specialty session requirements are mandatory.