Ride & Train

The Borders Academy of Sporting Excellence (BASE) is all about one thing - your sport. It's rare to be able to learn through the sport or hobby you love but at BASE, that's our aim.

Throughout your two years with us, you will receive not only the knowledge about why you need to do certain things in order to ride faster, you'll also get the time to put it all into practice. A week will consist of a minimum of two rides and three gym sessions with the rest of the week filled with classroom work. You won't go home ever needing to train late into the night - that's what college time is for!

It's the perfect opportunity for young riders looking to dedicate themselves to their sport in a constructive, controlled and managed environment - whether you want to become a coach, guide or full time professional in the future. A number of our students have also gone on to sports degree courses at university.

"My time at BASE has been great. I've learnt loads about my riding, sport and how to motivate myself to move forwards in life" Ex-BASE Student

Over our first three years, we've had young World Cup racers, riders looking to fill their gap year's with something constructive or enthusiastic mountain bikers who enjoy learning and want to enter into an environment that's geared up for self development and incredible bike riding.


This programme allows students to gain a suite of qualifications at SCQF Level 6 whilst developing their mountain biking skills, including NPA Achieving Excellence in Sport and SQA units in Psychology, Circuit Training, and Planning Personal Fitness. Part of the course delivery will provide students with the opportunity to be coached by staff from the Dirt School at the world class mountain biking facility at Glentress, Peebles.


You don't have to be the world's best bike rider to apply, you just need to be passionate, motivated and ready for the best two years of your life.

The course is full time so students are required to either stay locally or seek out their own accommodation within travelling distance.

Students out with Scotland may have to pay course fees.

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