Mark James MTB Skills Coach and MIAS Trainer and Assessor

Mark James

MTB Skills Coach

Hi I’m Mark! I’ve been mountain biking and racing  for over 34 years. I’ve been coaching mountain biking for 13 years and developing core skill rider assessments and courses in the UK and Europe.   

I started racing XC back in the 80’s on a tricked up stealth Kona Lave Dome at club and national level. More recently I race downhill and enduro style events on my current weapon of choice a bespoke Commencal Meta SX Ltd Edition.  I love riding my local trails and building exciting lines, the social and mental health aspect of just getting out on your bike shredding the trails; in the UK, Europe and the world. Coaching has just added another dynamic to that seeing clients learn new skills, gain confidence, conquer their fears, progression in their riding resulting in personal accomplishment and “that big smile at the end”  says it all – just love it  !

Mark James


  • MIAS MBL2/TL4 Technical Terrain
  • MIAS MBT4/TL5  Tutor/Assessor
  • MIAS MBT5/2 Night Navigation
  • MTB skills coach
  • Bikeability instructor
  • ABCC coach
  • DBS enhanced checked
  • Sports first aid certified
  • Park Tools school teacher

Core coaching areas:

  • Introduction / Intermediate / Advanced MTB skills 
  • Enduro & downhill prep
  • Trail craft
  • Jumps, gaps, drops
  • Family courses
  • Kids courses
  • MTB course design
  • School projects
  • Club courses
  • MIAS coaching assessor
  • UK & Alpine guide.

At MTB Instruction we have created MTB synergies with local cycle brands and sponsors, schools and clubs delivering dedicated MTB coaching scenarios, and running a local MTB club for social rides and trips around the UK and the world. 

Book onto one of Mark’s courses and take your MTB skills to the next level.