Firstgas Rockets Youth MTB Skills Group.

Sport and coaching scientist Andy Patterson runs the regional development pathway for mountain bike in partnership with New Plymouth Mountain Bikers. The group sessions are split onto 3 groups Launch Rockets and Stars for Novice, intermediate and advanced ability groups.

Sessions allow riders to learn off-road skills in a fun, social environment. We coach using constraints methods of learning and the riders develop their own skills in their own way in their own time.

For 2021 the venue is Lake Mangamahoe, Plantation Rd, SH3 Sundays 10am – Noon

Entry is Free however it is mandatory as part of Firstgas Rockets registration to hold family or junior membership of New Plymouth Mountain Bikers which can be done here


Minimum requirements for attendance are that we usually haver a minimum age of 7-8 years old as kids younger generally are not strong enough to get around the steep hills in the forest. Riders must be able to ride up SUP Trail unaided using their gears and down Mandatory trail at Mangamahoe Forest. Firstgas Rockets must have Serviceable mountain bikes (with gears) and helmets and closed toe shoes. Eye wear and gloves are also highly recommended but not compulsory.

Also please follow the Patterson Training Facebook page here for regular updates on training times and postponed sessions due to bad weather.