“Developing pathways into & through the sport of mountain biking”

Mountain Bike Skills Clinics & Activities

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

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 in 2007. There was a distinct lack of development opportunities across the board, 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.

Meet Our Coaches

Reviews

Head for the Hills Cycling
5.0
Based on 64 reviews
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Frank Nicholson
Frank Nicholson
2021-05-01T09:43:39+0000
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.read more
Vicki Fielder
Vicki Fielder
2021-04-25T09:41:56+0000
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.read more
Heather Spinelli
Heather Spinelli
2021-04-14T01:54:11+0000
Quotes from 12-13yo boys 5 star!! Exciting, fun, exhilarating Looking forward to next time Great for your fitness too
Emma Drew
Emma Drew
2021-04-12T11:32:27+0000
Thank you Tyson and Taliah, really enjoyed the Base skills course. Had so much fun and gained some great skills. Plenty for me to work on. Love to see more videos as well.
Susanna Parkinson
Susanna Parkinson
2021-04-09T21:25:35+0000
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! Susannaread more
Tania Marshall-Bates
Tania Marshall-Bates
2021-01-23T04:43:42+0000
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
2020-12-21T12:23:16+0000
Great intermediate session for my 12 year old. He had a great time and leaned a lot.
Missy Husband
Missy Husband
2020-08-11T01:53:33+0000
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
2020-08-11T01:41:06+0000
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
2020-07-21T04:17:22+0000
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
2020-07-21T03:55:34+0000
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
2020-06-26T22:38:10+0000
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.
Erika Botha Bartlett
Erika Botha Bartlett
2020-06-21T08:20:34+0000
We highly recommend Head for the Hills cycling. Jacques (10yo) says Tyson is always very nice and encouraging. He makes sure everyone always has fun and is learning new skille. He tells really good stories. He really... enjoys mountain biking with Tyson.read more
Jordana Mullan
Jordana Mullan
2020-05-27T23:40:57+0000
“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
2020-05-17T23:21:10+0000
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
2020-01-23T04:58:24+0000
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
2019-12-01T10:19:12+0000
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 Prosser
Laura Prosser
2019-11-18T00:09:25+0000
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
2019-11-13T11:31:56+0000
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.read more
Yve Cole
Yve Cole
2019-11-13T07:18:29+0000
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
Paul O'Reilley
Paul O'Reilley
2019-11-13T02:05:23+0000
Jackie has recently completed the Intermediate Mountain Bike Skills Coaching Course for Women with Tyson from Head for the Hills Cycling. She did the Beginners Course last year. She cannot recommend Tyson and the... courses highly enough. If you’re looking to learn or improve your skills or build on what you are already doing, Head for the Hills Cycling is for you. Tyson is extremely approachable and can relate to novice riders right through to experienced ones, regardless of your age group. Checkout the programs he has scheduled for 2020.read more
Josh Axford
Josh Axford
2019-07-18T08:07:57+0000
Thanks Tyson, Bradley has had the best time!!!
Julie Quigley
Julie Quigley
2019-03-19T02:20:02+0000
Thanks Tyson for the fun and informative sessions! The boys have loved them.
Tom Baker
Tom Baker
2018-11-26T09:09:33+0000
Did the intermediate session with Tyson. Highly recommend. Good mix of theory and practical with all the main skills covered. Well worth the $$.
Matt Brown
Matt Brown
2018-11-26T06:53:00+0000
I've been riding MTB for a number of years, and last weekend did the intermediate course with Tyson. From the course I've been able focus on improving on my riding techniques and pick up new skills and confidence, now... knowing what to focus on the trails, particularly when approaching berms, drop offs and jumps. It was great to have things explained properly, the theory behind the physics, and run through practise sessions and fine tune areas which needed improvement and how to apply those for future rides. Especially for those who want to actively improve on their rides, rather than doing the same things on the trails.read more
Libby Matson
Libby Matson
2018-10-10T20:03:16+0000
My son had a great camp with Tyson and the boys at fox during the school break.
Dylan Draper
Dylan Draper
2018-10-08T11:28:29+0000
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
2018-10-08T11:27:58+0000
Julia Massey
Julia Massey
2017-07-11T09:01:10+0000
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!
Alexandra Holland
Alexandra Holland
2018-07-22T02:51:48+0000
The experience was great fun and I would definitely do it again. Louis K
Carrie Parton
Carrie Parton
2018-06-14T01:01:01+0000
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
Catie Cullen
Catie Cullen
2018-05-03T07:11:38+0000
My son and his friends had a fabulous time learning MTB skills and geocaching with Tyson during the school holidays up at Craigburn Farm. My son begged to take me up there two days later so he could show me the tracks... and get back on them himself. He taught me all the things he'd learnt two days before from Tyson and he can't wait to get back out on the tracks again. My son would love to have more lessons from Tyson, for sure!read more
Anne Towner
Anne Towner
2018-04-30T04:27:05+0000
My son (12) and 3 of his mates did a DH morning with Tyson and absolutely loved it. Tyson appears to have been very engaging and patient with the boys, setting out a course that both challenged and entertained them... whilst providing coaching and encouragement where required. Highly recommend and we will be back for another go.read more
Janyce Crawford
Janyce Crawford
2018-04-25T10:28:30+0000
Thanks Bike SA & our skills coach Tyson for the opportunity to work on our skills such an important part of our riding, Tyson your easy manner & the way you explained the different techniques & made us all feel so... comfortable was awesome, we definitely took away some new skills & confidence �read more
Huxley Lawler
Huxley Lawler
2018-04-23T05:58:08+0000
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! Willread more
Will Chapman
Will Chapman
2018-04-09T07:38:04+0000
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
2018-04-09T05:19:17+0000
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
2018-04-09T05:07:01+0000
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
2018-02-28T11:18:08+0000
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.read more
Grant Hudson
Grant Hudson
2018-02-27T21:38:37+0000
What a great experience I had with Tyson and a group of like minded lads. Tyson is very approachable, he explained concepts clearly and simply, gave good demos and led us through the skill sets we were working... on....attacking, turning, manualling, dropping, pumping, edging, jumping! I loved the instant feedback with video replay to show me what I did well and not so well. Stoked to make it safely over or down a couple of obstacles I’ve never managed before at Fox and I walked away with a better idea of techniques I can continue to work on during my riding. Thanks Tyson!read more
Adam Scott
Adam Scott
2018-02-24T06:58:43+0000
Tyson brings a fresh and friendly approach to mountain bike training. He keeps it simple and fun until he starts talking about Physics.....lol. Thanks for a great day and I look forward to putting the tips into practice.
Cos Fragnito
Cos Fragnito
2018-02-13T12:18:51+0000
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
2018-01-20T23:25:34+0000
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. :-)
Steve Sandman
Steve Sandman
2017-12-09T09:40:05+0000
Ben Stote
Ben Stote
2017-11-18T05:44:44+0000
Bernadette Lawson
Bernadette Lawson
2017-10-13T09:30:56+0000
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
Ali Harris
Ali Harris
2017-07-11T22:47:32+0000
Loved my 3 week training sessions with the Gravity Girls. It was especially beneficial for me as I'm a new rider and set me up with the correct techniques at the beginning so I don't create all those bad habits. Thanks... guys ��read more
Rachelle Cartwright
Rachelle Cartwright
2017-04-21T13:55:36+0000
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
2016-10-02T04:53:45+0000
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
2016-09-12T08:31:03+0000
Thanks Tyson & Kenny, Angus really enjoyed yesterday's session, and is pumped for this coming weekend!
Cath Pfeiffer-Smith
Cath Pfeiffer-Smith
2016-09-10T06:16:45+0000
Highly recommend Tyson! Being a very inexperienced rider I was very nervous but he took things step by step with patience & encouragement to have me riding through terrain I thought was impossible. Thank you & look... forward to another session soon! Cathread more
Shane Elliott
Shane Elliott
2016-08-25T08:53:54+0000
Great tuition, now just to try and put into practice what was shown to me.
Melanie Spurling
Melanie Spurling
2016-08-22T02:37:51+0000
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.
SueAnn Woodwiss
SueAnn Woodwiss
2016-08-21T10:38:01+0000
Tyson was friendly, approachable, encouraging and knows his stuff. Everything you need in a great coach
Hollie Carroll
Hollie Carroll
2016-08-16T08:24:28+0000
Mark Kwiatkowski
Mark Kwiatkowski
2016-08-14T06:28:09+0000
well done Tyson- thanks for today. great tips which hopefully will help me beat my mates on the trails.
Melissa Kennedy
Melissa Kennedy
2016-07-10T03:24:47+0000
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!
Graeme Naismith
Graeme Naismith
2016-05-07T12:19:39+0000
Today I was fortunate be under the guidance of Tyson, instructor for Head for the Hills. He came to my 'home turf' at Cobblers Creek and with his expert tuition I was able to nail a couple of obstacles that were that... were stopping me from riding two of the trails. I can't tell you how happy I am now that I can enjoy so much more of Cobblers, and that I can take these newly acquired skills to places like Fox Creek and Melrose and feel confident that I can pretty much anything I choose to.read more
Michelle Rice-Murphy
Michelle Rice-Murphy
2016-05-01T23:47:44+0000
Awesome day by the boys - 19km wow! Thanks Tyson you totally tuckered them out!
Archie Barker
Archie Barker
2016-03-24T11:07:55+0000
The session was awesome. And one of the best coaches I have ever met (And some good push ups haha)
Rob Barker
Rob Barker
2016-03-23T12:21:26+0000
What a great session. Thanks guys, Archie had a great time. As a parent watching from the sidelines you guys clearly have the coaching skills and certainly know your DH. Thanks again fellas✌️
Penny Day
Penny Day
2016-03-21T22:58:58+0000
Thanks Tyson and Kenny - had a great morning developing some new good riding habbits that after a bit of pracitce hopefully will improve my riding. Hope to join you for another all girls skills clinic some time soon -... was well paced, confidence building and most of all fun!read more
Justin Dejong
Justin Dejong
2016-03-21T22:50:22+0000
The downhill coaching was great learnt a lot cheers Tyson and Kenny top ladz!

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