Testimonials

Tom’s coaching has transformed the riding experience for me. My sessions have been structured around various features at Chicksands Bike Park, introducing a level of speed, flow and precision I have not properly grasped in 25 years of mountain biking.
Tom has a deserved reputation for patience: he makes clear observations and adjustments even after witnessing fifteen failed attempts. On attempt sixteen it clicks. His ability to explain the mechanics of bike handling skill and technique is masterful.
Tom Dowie will upgrade your riding more than a 4K wonderbike, 34mm shocks,29″ wheels etc. Simple as that. – Peter Gordon

Tom’s well-known talents as a rider and competitor are complemented by a natural flair for teaching the skills of off-road riding. The lessons are clear and well-structured, with precise but easy to follow demonstrations of technique. He knows just how far to stretch you in each session, so that you leave with the tangible feeling of being a better rider every time. Above all, lessons with Tom are great fun!” – Peter Bronder.


 

Tom made my riding noticeably better in a number of ways, either by massively overhauling my technique or by suggesting a number of small refinements in other areas.

I know it’s an often used cliché that you should fork out on a training day rather than spending your hard earned cash on that new part that might shave a thousandth of a second off your time, but quite frankly, the cliché is true.

I was genuinely surprised just how much my riding had changed in one day, full props to Tom Dowie. If he can sort my technique out, you can bet he can sort you out and make you quicker, more stylish and generally better than you were. Tom doesn’t only do 4x training, he can teach you how to improve any aspect of your riding, and you will benefit from a day with him if you’re an absolute newbie or if you’re a seasoned pro” – Dave (Wide Open Magazine).


 

I’ve been riding for 17 years and in just over 2 hours I learnt so much. It was real game changing stuff . My core skills for jumps and drops were completely overhauled, now I’m faster, more controlled and much better in the air.Tom is an excellent coach. He istechnical, patient and great value as well” – Phil Hallybone.


 

My partner and I have been riding cross country mountain biking for about 15 years and loving it. That is the good news. The bad news is that we were getting very frustrated with our lack of technical development. We seemed to be making the same mistakes and falling off in the same ways as the years progressed. It is discouraging. We went on several different training courses which we enjoyed but did not make a huge amount of difference. We love our riding and want to get more out of it – more fun and less frustration. We began to wonder if we had started a bit too late in life. I am in my 40s and my partner in his 60s. We came across Tom Dowie by accident and decided to give his training a go. We were immediately impressed. Despite being about ½ my age and nearly 1/3 my partner’s, his manner and attitude were brilliant. He instantly identified what we needed to know and showed us clearly and precisely how to develop our skills for greater ease and flow on the trails and much greater safety. We instantly started having more fun. Cornering and long berms are now exciting instead of challenging. I can jump when I want to and keep the bike on the ground when I chose.

I was particularly impressed when Tom showed us how to pump. He trained us on his pump track and at last I understand what pumping is. We have been trying to learn this skill for years and made very little progress. Within 3 short weeks we could happily pump the track. I have been on other courses that promise to teach this skill but do no such thing. Tom showed us the timing and the un-weighting of the bike that no one had ever explained before. It has totally changed the way that I handle the bike and the feeling of being glued to the trail rather than skidding around on top of it.

Tom’s manner is outstanding. He is patient to an astonishing degree. He shows you what you need to know and at exactly the pace you need to learn. I was not at all sure that Tom would want to train us as we must seem to him – frankly – old! Also we are into cross country rather than downhill. Our abilities when we met him were very limited. I imagined we would seem rather uninspiring to him. We felt a little bit embarrassed in the face of his outstanding abilities. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Tom is superb at training youngsters – not surprisingly but he is also a master at training any age. He can answer any question we have ever come up with, complete with a stunning demonstration and then a system of practise for us to gain the skills ourselves. I can’t recommend him highly enough. He is by far the best and most conscientious trainer that I have experienced and he most definitely walks the talk. Whether you want to get your kids to have more fun and more safety on their bikes or you yourself want to race a bit faster or jump a bit higher without wearing the dirt, Tom is your man. My only regret is that we didn’t do this training 10 years ago” – Clare Allen.

 


 

“I have just spent 5 hours under Tom’s tuition trying to improve my riding skills (or lack of). The result is simply amazing! My riding has improved ten fold in half a day!

Tom is a level headed young guy who has a real professional approach to teaching biking techniques. He gives clear and concise instructions which can be followed and put to practice by anyone. 

My only regret is not having splashed the cash earlier! Absolutely worth every penny! If you find yourself stuck in a bit of a rut with your riding, then look no further, invest your time and money with Tom he will take your riding to another level and you will not look back.” – Alexander Legay.

“Tom is an excellent and patient coach. With lessons that build up and redefine how you ride and introduce new techniques, you feel at ease as you aren’t dropped in at the deep end too quickly.
The time I have spent has increased my confidence and overall speed and skill. I would recommend the lessons to anyone who wants to improve on nearly any aspect of mountain biking. A brilliant
spend and good value for money also!” – Gareth