Andy Barlow

Andy Barlow

The skills coach. Before joining Dirt School Andy liked to win things – races like the Scottish XC Champs and the Scottish Downhill Champs, though, he’s coached some of the world’s best riders with Dirt School and helped bring on the BASE MTB course at Borders College in the Tweed Valley. But what Andy really likes to do is communicate those pro techniques to everyday riders.

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how to bunny hop

Learning how to bunny hop and quickly create lift will allow you to smooth out trails by using obstacles to your advantage, as well as impressing mates.

how to manual

What looks at first like the wheelie's cooler cousin is in fact one of mtb's foundational skills - read this guide to learn how to manual a mountain bike.

Master your position and you won't need to grab the brakes when the ground falls away. This guide looks at how to ride steep trails specifically.

A long, hard slog may feel like an investment in your fitness but polarising your riding between easy and intense can pay bigger dividends.

Interval training is hard but it’s the simplest, quickest and most effective route to becoming a faster rider. Coach to the pros Alan Milway shows us how.

Thrive don't survive this winter. A guide to having fun in the mud. Technique, bike set-up, body set-up, clothes, route planning and recovery.