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Nigel Pilling

(Photo from Grizedale at Round 2 of the 2014 PMBA Enduro Series by Nick Moor Photography - Nigel finished the season in 2nd Overall in the Masters category)

Owner of Sublime Rides and our principle guide, Nigel is British Cycling Level 3 Mountain Bike Leadership Award Qualified, a British Cycling Level 2 Coach, MBLA Night Riding Leadership qualified and also holds National Navigation Award Scheme  (NNAS) Silver Award and holds a current Outdoor Specific First Aid Certificate.

Brought up locally, Nigel has over 20 years experience mountain biking in the Lake District and possesses the excellent trail knowledge that brings. He is a skilled rider and keen Enduro racer, scoring multiple podium results over the last 5 years as well as an odd overall series podium.

Nigel also believes in putting back into the sport, he is a Founding member of the Gisburn Forest Bike Trails Team and now spends significant amounts of time during the winter trail building for the grassroots PMBA Enduro Series. He also has 15 years experience as a Countryside Ranger and Conservation Adviser working in the English Uplands, and the outdoor field craft to match.

Nigel says, 'I love guiding mountain bike rides in the Lake District! I love the rocky, technical singletrack; the exposed but beautiful vistas; a long days hike-a-bike in remote terrain; a day out with a family group doing skills coaching; or a classic forest blast away from the crowds'. 

and 'The most important thing to me is that you have the best possible guided mountain bike ride or lakeland MTB skills session with Sublime Rides'.

Click here to book. We offer both guided mountain bike rides and mtb skills courses and coaching in the Lake District (and Gisburn Forest MTB Skills).

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Nick Holt

(Pictured mtb guiding on one of the classic Lakeland passes during summer 2013 - photo Sublime Rides)

Nick is British Cycling Level 3 Leadership Award qualified, MBLA Night Riding Leadership Award qualified and also holds a current Outdoor Specific First Aid Certificate. Nick has been cycling in lakeland for over 25 years and always has another great descent in mind! He is a superb rider, hardtail aficionado and keen enduro racer scoring hardtail category podiums in the 2014 PMBA series and finishing with a top 10 in the overall, with no rear suspension! He is also a local trail building legend, building trails for the PMBA race series in his spare time. He also has 10 years experience as a Radiographer with the NHS.

Nick says, 'I've been exploring the Lake District all my life, I just can't get enough of the technical descending, there is so much variety on offer; from woodland blasting to the classic lakes passes and high fell routes.'

'One of the things I find most rewarding as a Lakeland MTB guide is showing a group one of my favourite trails - helping them with their bike handling skills - and then seeing the look of satisfaction when they ride them!'

Other Guides: We are a small company and most of our guiding is done by our Owner, Nigel, and Nick. However, we are part of a close-knit community of Lakeland MTB skills guides locally and during busy periods there are several other guides we share work with. Rest assured that these guides are the best we know, they are all close friends and valued riding companions and are all Mountain Bike Leader Award (MBLA) or British Cycling Level 3 Qualified with valid Outdoor First Aid Certification and insurance.