We have teamed up with Elite mountain biker Verity Appleyard to deliver an MTB training day…

What is it?  A day of discussion, seminars and practical sessions looking at the elements involved in improving your mountain biking. Aimed at the regular cyclist (mountain bike or road) thinking of making a transition into mountain bike racing events, or who would simply like to to go faster. The day will be targeted at women but both genders are welcome. To keep the day personal to each cyclist, the group size will be a maximum of 8.

Verity will be using the time on the bike to help you develop your skills….but she won’t be showing this off again….unless you really want her to!

Who? The day will be delivered by Dr Garry Palmer and Verity Appleyard. Garry is a sports scientist, runs Sportstest coaching and has a long history of coaching athletes in cycling, running and triathlon. Verity is an elite cross country mountain biker and physiotherapist in Sports and Exercise Medicine, and has a special interest in lifestyle coaching.


When? Sunday January 15th 2017

Where? Cannock Chase  and Sportstest Ltd, Pillaton Farm, Staffordshire.

Why? To make an informed start to your 2017 training plans. To discuss your racing ideas with like minded people. To access experts who have experience in both practical and evidenced based approaches in delivering personalised training programmes.

How much? Introductory offer rate of only £80. (Future dates will be priced at £95).

Verity is renowned for her off-road skills and is winner of the prestigious Three Peaks CycloCross, but did you know she was an experienced physiotherapist too?



09:00 Register, coffee, meet

09:15 House-keeping and Formal Introductions

09:30 Verity: Mountain biking – what is it? .

09:45 Garry: Training Not Racing.

10:45 Coffee & Kit Prep.

11:00 Verity MTB skills and equipment choice.

12:00 Ride – MTB cross country. Semi-structured session, weather dependent. Exploring skills base, tailored to the needs of the group. You will need you own mountain bike and kit for this.

Followed by lunch (Not provided).

14:30 Garry: Nutrition & body composition.

15:30 Verity: Strength &Conditioning for MTB & injury prevention.

16:30 Summary/close/ evaluation: discuss future events.

The day will be based on both skills and education to improve your riding, and Dr Garry Palmer will talk training, whilst Verity will talk kit choice and cover aspects of strength & conditioning.

To register or for further discussion please email: or use the contact form.