Andy Barlow

Andy Barlow

Want to improve your riding? Andy Barlow is the man to help. As a qualified British Cycling Level 3 mountain bike skills coach, he’s also a partner and coach at Dirt School, the famed MTB skills coaching company based in the Tweed Valley in Scotland. Through that, he’s coached some of the best mountain bikers in the world, and is great at sharing pro technique with everyday riders.

His own accomplishments are impressive too. He was the 2009 Scottish and GB cross country mountain bike champion, winner of the 2007 Trans Scotland race in the solo category, and Scottish Junior Downhill mountain bike champion in 1997.

He’s also a qualified BASP (British Association of Ski Patrollers) Emergency Outdoor first aider, and a qualified MBLA (Mountain Bike Leadership Awards) Mountain Bike Leader. Handy, if mountain adventures on bikes are your thing!

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How to bunny hop a mountain bike - YT Be a Better Rider week

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.

Andy Barlow from Dirt School mountain bike coaching demonstrates an endo

The endo doesn’t just look cool; it’s a next-level skill that has lots of applications. Use it to navigate tight turns and hairpins when descending, or to understanding how far…

woman mountain bike rider descending steep technical trail on yellow bike

Riding on steep and technical trails is always a combination of managing grip, body position, balance and confidence…all of which can seem in short supply when you’re peering over the…

How to find your flow

Andy Barlow from Dirt School shows us how to get there, with some some deliberate techniques and skills to focus on. Follow his expert advice to effortlessly trickle down your…

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.