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Long Mynd Guiding, an introduction to Mountain Biking

Words by Kate Mayers

on 23/10/2016 20:09:40


This week I’ve been out guiding on the Long Mynd, a mix of students all for an introduction to Mountain biking. We issue the safety gear, do a group safety check and then head out on the hill. A long challenging climb rewarded with a great view followed by the fun bit, the descent.

It was back in 2001 when I first landed a Mountain Bike Guiding job, I got the call that I was off to the Alps for the summer season to be a Downhill mountain bike guide. Fast forward 15 years and the scenery has changed to Little Switzerland rather than the proper one (I’ve never noticed the similarity either) and the bikes and equipment have evolved nicely. However the challenges and rewards have always stayed the same.


The feeling in the pit of your stomach at busy road junction, willing the motorists to leave a safe gap or the top of a steep descent or technical section, please, no one fall off here. The drive to motivate tired riders up the big climbs, come on, keep pedalling, it’s just round this corner. That reward you deliver when you stop to regroup at a secret view point where the view slowly washes over the group when they least expect it. Or when you give a technique or line tip and it all falls into place, level cranks, look ahead and take that left hand line.

We offer guided mountain bike trips for novice and experienced riders, school groups and families, locals and tourists. Bring your own bike or hire one of ours, we will tailor the ride to suit you.

Plush Hill Cycles partner Allen is a fully qualified and experienced Mountain Bike Guide and cycle technician, chief Batch Burner route planner with years of riding experience in the Shropshire Hills.