Adelaide Mountain Bike Coaching, Training & Activities

Mountain Bike Skills Development

We have over 20 different skills development programs to support riders of all ages, interests and levels of ability.

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Head for the Hills supports riders in many ways. Check out our guide on where to ride in Adelaide, upcoming special events and information for schools interested in mountain biking for students.

Head for the Hills!

Head for the Hills exists to develop pathways into and through the sport of mountain biking.

We run a diverse range mountain bike coaching programs, skills training, lessons and activities in Adelaide, South Australia. From programs to help people experience their first ride off the beaten track through to delivering coaching for athletes in competition at the national level. We have programs specifically designed to support women as well as programs for schools who offer more than just the main stream sports.

Adelaide has arguably the most accessible mountain biking trail network in the world and we are here to help you make the most of it!

Meet our Head Coach

Tyson Schmidt

“I grew up riding bikes and started racing mountain bikes in 2007. There was a distinct lack of development opportunities in the sport, so we made it our mission to support mountain bikers of all levels and enhance development pathways in South Australia.”

Tyson Schmidt

All of our coaches are qualified and accredited through AusCycling. They are experienced, friendly and passionate mountain bikers who are dedicated to helping others discover the sport.

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Head for the Hills Cycling
5.0
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Rohan Hicks
Rohan Hicks
06:32 27 Feb 24
You can teach an old dog new tricks!! I just completed the Advanced cornering course and with Tyson's extensive knowledge and deep dive into the theory, myself and the other participants came out better riders with heaps new techniques to practice.... I recommend Head for the Hills for anyone of any age to come out and learn more about themselves and their riding.read more
Jeff Miles
Jeff Miles
11:57 18 Jan 24
My 12 year old son absoultely loved the session at Cobbler Creek.
He felt like he learnt alot of technics at this session to help him become a more confident mountain biker.
We would highly recommend Head for the Hills Cycling.
He is... looking forward to the weekly session soon.read more
Jess Tamblyn
Jess Tamblyn
12:05 19 Jul 23
My son has now had multiple positive experiences in a range of different Mountain Biking activities at various locations. We will continue to come back for more!! Staff are fantastic and all actives are well organised.
Patrik Seibert
Patrik Seibert
06:35 22 Apr 23
My son and daughter recently completed intermediate holiday program and really enjoy Tyson's teaching. They had been back to Shephard Hill twice since to practice newly learned skills.
Julia Ellis
Julia Ellis
02:59 10 Apr 23
It’s good to know your basics! I’ve recently completed the Base MTB Skills Program and learned so much about balancing, body position, braking and cornering. It’s not rocket science but unless somebody teaches you the basics, you don’t really know... what you are doing. This has helped me tremendously and I can’t wait to practice everything I have learned.read more
Selina Wallace
Selina Wallace
04:53 16 Mar 23
I recently completed the womens basic course over 3 Sundays and I can highly recommend it. Taliah broke down the techniques into clearly understandable language and was very supportive throughout. I was often outside my comfort zone and felt like I... had big wins in terms of my learning. I'm pleased to now have more confidence to tackle the trails at Craigburn and beyond.

Thanks Taliah and Tyson!
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Hannah Geelan
Hannah Geelan
06:56 01 Feb 22
I've been looking forward to doing a course of Tyson's for a few months now, following many recommendations of other mtb riders!

I finally had my opportunity over the weekend, completing the Basic Skills course and it certainly lived up to... the hype!

Tyson was so friendly, engaging, non-judgemental and a wonderful teacher.

I've already practiced what I learned at the course and have already made big in-roads and made it around corners I've recently found difficult.

I'll be back for more courses, thank you Tyson!
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Kate Smith
Kate Smith
12:48 23 Sep 21
My daughter has started mountain biking with Talia and is absolutely loving it! Has learnt so many skills and techniques and has gained confidence with riding trails, jumps and different weather conditions. She looks forward to every lesson and... can’t wait to go again next term. Highly recommend the After School Skills for Girls course!!read more
Frank Nicholson
Frank Nicholson
09:43 01 May 21
Spent a fun day with Tyson providing insight into how to approach & execute drops and jumps at Craigburn Farm.
Tyson clearly discussed the theory of how to approach features, what you are aiming to execute and why it works. He also took us back... to basics as the foundation “steps” for good drops & jumps. It reminded me I need to practice more!
This was followed by practical sessions on trail features giving immediate feedback and using slow-no video of riders on features to discuss individuals technique and ways to improve.
Tyson is very approachable, with a good sense of humour and a knowledge of the subject he is teaching.
I recommend his approach to people wanting to improve their mtb skills.
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Vicki Fielder
Vicki Fielder
09:41 25 Apr 21
My son had a amazing time at the school holiday session. I found the instructor to be very professional, easy to talk to & knowledgable.
I would highly recommend the programs to anyone who is getting into mountain biking.
Heather Spinelli
Heather Spinelli
01:54 14 Apr 21
Quotes from 12-13yo boys
5 star!!
Exciting, fun, exhilarating
Looking forward to next time
Great for your fitness too
Susanna Parkinson
Susanna Parkinson
21:25 09 Apr 21
Our 10 year son Banjo old joined the after school sessions this term and absolutely loved it. Tyson is super friendly, approachable, passionate about what he does and clearly an excellent instructor. Thanks guys, we’ll be back for more! Susanna
Tania Marshall-Bates
Tania Marshall-Bates
04:43 23 Jan 21
My 12 year old son has done the beginner and intermediate programs with Tyson and has absolutely loved it. Great way to learn and improve mountain biking skills. Highly recommend 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Kate Mitchell
Kate Mitchell
12:23 21 Dec 20
Great intermediate session for my 12 year old. He had a great time and leaned a lot.
Missy Smiley
Missy Smiley
01:53 11 Aug 20
I can count on one hand the number of times I've ridden a bike in the last 5 years and it's safe to say I was nervous ahead of a beginners ride. Well, I had a bloody ball!! Tyson was great and incredibly helpful. He encouraged us to get outside of... our comfort zone and it was so rewarding :)read more
Emily Semple
Emily Semple
01:41 11 Aug 20
I recently went out on a beginners ride with Tyson and I was completely outside of my comfort zone. Tyson was nothing but encouraging and incredibly positive making for an awesome day!!
Simone Pfitzner
Simone Pfitzner
04:17 21 Jul 20
Tyson was amazing and so enthusiastic. My son loved the school holiday Geocache Adventure. Highly recommend. He has just signed up to do the After School Skills and can’t wait.
Michael Eastaff
Michael Eastaff
03:55 21 Jul 20
Took my son out for a Geocache which we both enjoyed. Tyson is awesome. I suspect we'll be back for some skills training in the future. Highly recommended.
Mark van Gorp
Mark van Gorp
22:38 26 Jun 20
After School MTB Skills for Term 2 just completed and my son thoroughly enjoyed the program and the coaching. Thanks Tyson and Griff you run a great event.
Jordana Mullan
Jordana Mullan
23:40 27 May 20
“I got in touch with Tyson because I’m an ok rider but felt like everyone was improving but I wasn’t. What I learned in just two lessons helped take more than 30 seconds off my Grom Flow time! His teaching style is so relaxed - you can’t help but... feel you’re just out for a ride with a mate. Thanks Tyson! Next - a Top 10 Strava trophy!” ~ Jordana Blackman, Chief Chick, Chicks Who Ride Bikesread more
Susie Green
Susie Green
23:21 17 May 20
I've just finished some intermediate skills sessions and got so much out of them - great to get the fundamental skills in place and am now tackling trails with confidence that I would have struggled over before. Tyson's got a great style of theory... mixed with practical with plenty of encouragement thrown in and we had a great group of women as well. My young lad is now doing after school sessions and loving them as well. Highly recommend!read more
Linda Gray
Linda Gray
04:58 23 Jan 20
Tyson is terrific! My son has been out on a couple of all day rides and has absolutely loved it. Thoroughly recommend Head for the Hills Cycling.
Zoe Norris
Zoe Norris
10:19 01 Dec 19
Highly recommend! I did the intermediate women’s group and learnt so much. Now tackling techy stuff with heaps more knowledge and confidence instead of just winging it! Tyson is a great coach. Also met an awesome bunch of women and we have continued... to ride together which is super sweet.read more
Laura Pross
Laura Pross
00:09 18 Nov 19
Tyson is a top down to earth bloke for teaching mtb skills and dialling things in 😁 The courses are great for getting out on the trails and also meeting other chicks - I had heaps of fun while also facing my personal fears and gaining... confidence along the way. Lots of laughs and fun to be had, def worth giving one of the courses a goread more
Clare Knox
Clare Knox
11:31 13 Nov 19
This was a great course. Excellent introduction to mountain bike riding. Small all women group.
Tyson is super enthusiastic and a very good teacher.
Thoroughly recommend for giving you confidence and some basic techniques.
Yve Cole
Yve Cole
07:18 13 Nov 19
Thanks Tyson for sharing your skills and knowledge. I faced a fear (drop offs), a ghost (jumps), tackled sections I would normally avoid and I can now turn right!!🤪 I am riding smoother, faster and with more confidence. Got so much out of... the sessions and met an awesome group of women too!read more
Josh Axford
Josh Axford
08:07 18 Jul 19
Thanks Tyson, Bradley has had the best time!!!
Julie Quigley
Julie Quigley
02:20 19 Mar 19
Thanks Tyson for the fun and informative sessions! The boys have loved them.
Tom Baker
Tom Baker
09:09 26 Nov 18
Did the intermediate session with Tyson. Highly recommend. Good mix of theory and practical with all the main skills covered. Well worth the $$.
Libby Matson
Libby Matson
20:03 10 Oct 18
My son had a great camp with Tyson and the boys at fox during the school break.
Dylan Draper
Dylan Draper
11:28 08 Oct 18
This was an awesome camp, coach was amazing and the food is great, we did have a ride being Tom matson but other than that this was great.
Corey Ackerman
Corey Ackerman
11:27 08 Oct 18
Alexandra Holland
Alexandra Holland
02:51 22 Jul 18
The experience was great fun and I would definitely do it again. Louis K
Carrie Parton
Carrie Parton
01:01 14 Jun 18
I have just completed the women's intermediate coaching. Tyson provided really good opportunities for practice, discussion and feedback. I always left a session with something new to think about. I can now ride trails I never dreamed I would be able... to. Simply: more trails are more rideable and more enjoyable. Thanks Tysonread more
Huxley Lawler
Huxley Lawler
05:58 23 Apr 18
Tyson is a great coach and top bloke to boot! Perfect balance of theory, science and practical riding. I saw immediate benefits and the following day I was dropping off 1m high walls with confidence. The best bike upgrade ever - no bike can make up... for shortfalls in skill!
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Will Chapman
Will Chapman
07:38 09 Apr 18
My daughter absolutely loved the school program with Tyson and is so much more confident on her MTB hitting trails. Great experience!
Neale Sutton
Neale Sutton
05:19 09 Apr 18
My son is part of the downhill riding coaching course at Scotch College Adelaide run by Tyson Schmidt of Head for the Hills Off Road Cycling. I have been extremely impressed with his professionalism, knowledge and course delivery, he has managed a... group of young people with friendliness and firmness. I highly recommend Tyson for any future course instruction and I know my lad is looking forward to the term three 2018 downhill course.read more
Cara Miller
Cara Miller
05:07 09 Apr 18
Thank you Tyson for your brilliance in building my boys confidence and skills on their bikes. They are now constantly wanting to get into the park and ride around all weekend. This level of independence seemed so far off just a couple of weeks ago,... now they are enjoying the outdoors so much more and having fun at the same time! Now for the next tier of training ;)read more
Corey Kemp
Corey Kemp
11:18 28 Feb 18
I had a great 1st intro to Fox Creek with Tyson and 4 other 'trainees' last weekend at the intermediate training day. Got to say I'm a fan and can't wait to get back and sample more of what Fox has to offer. Especially now I've gained the extra... confidence hitting the trails with a more technical mindset and a few more tools to utilise.

Tyson comes across as a very passionate and knowledgeable guy when it comes to MTB and his honest approach to coaching made it a pleasure to listen to his anecdotal training style - he was always on task and on topic. I felt like each participant got all the attention they needed/wanted and it seemed we all got out of the day more than what was expected. We sessioned hard, and it was rewarding.

I'll probably be back for the advanced course in due time and would highly recommend the intermediate course to anyone wanting to improve upon their current abilities - there's always something more we can learn.
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Cos Fragnito
Cos Fragnito
12:18 13 Feb 18
Thanks Tyson for an informative, professional & action packed Intermediate MTB coaching session. Since taking the session I have actually enjoyed my riding a lot more simply by implementing the skills you taught me. For example I would normally hit... berms at full speed, take a bad line into the 2nd berm (or nearly off trail completely) and end up with a slow exit, but now my approach is more conservative, smooth & faster overall. Feeling the need to get airtime on every jump (although fun) but now realising the pump technique is actually just as rewarding. I have more confidence on flat sketchy corners & mid-sized drop-offs. Its amazing how a bit of fine tuning can make such a big difference. Thanks and hope to see you on the trail soon.read more
Pascale Johnstone
Pascale Johnstone
23:25 20 Jan 18
Thank you Tyson. My son Zac had a ball, riding the Craigburn Farm tracks with you this summer holiday. He might well be back! The boys even learned to change a tyre tube and lots of handy tips. :-)
Ben Stote
Ben Stote
05:44 18 Nov 17
Bernadette Lawson
Bernadette Lawson
09:30 13 Oct 17
Highly recommended. If you love MTB riding and lack confidence tackling the trails this is for you. Learning skills with like minded ladies. No better way to spend 2hrs on a weekend
Julia Massey
Julia Massey
09:01 11 Jul 17
Had a great time with Head for the Hills and the Gravity Girls. We pumped and jumped, learned when to be heavy and when to be light. Looking now at trails differently too. Thanks Tyson!
Rachelle Cartwright
Rachelle Cartwright
13:55 21 Apr 17
Thank you Tyson for putting on the clinic 20th April. My kids and their friend thoroughly enjoyed and are keen for more! Not even all that rain have put them off - so glad you went ahead with it. Your video is super impressive as well. Great value... for money. Many thanks and look forward to seeing you again :)read more
Ben Kennedy
Ben Kennedy
04:53 02 Oct 16
I can highly recommend Head for the Hills Cycling and its head coach Tyson. If you're looking for a way to improve technique and get faster on the decents and more efficient on the climbs all I can suggest is to get in touch!

Tyson spent a... morning with me working on cornering and weight transfer. The coaching was completely tailored and highly effective. I now feel more confident through the turns and know that my runs are now much faster.read more
Ann McColl
Ann McColl
08:31 12 Sep 16
Thanks Tyson & Kenny, Angus really enjoyed yesterday's session, and is pumped for this coming weekend!
Melanie Spurling
Melanie Spurling
02:37 22 Aug 16
Tyson put on a great tailored training session for a bunch of us lady mountain bikers, it was great morning and good chance to learn and practice some really handy trail skills.
Hollie Carroll
Hollie Carroll
08:24 16 Aug 16
Melissa Kennedy
Melissa Kennedy
03:24 10 Jul 16
Had a great time! Thanks to Tyson for his encouragement and patience! I conquered some stuff i probably wouldn't have tried on my own! Such great teaching! Im looking forward to the next one! Thanks again!
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