In April 2022, Scott Kennedy joined us as Head Mountain Bike Coach, delivering Skills Clinics and Private Sessions in Glasgow and Aberfoyle. Scott is a highly respected mountain bike guide and coach from Kirkintilloch, Scotland, and has vast experience in coaching young people and adults on a variety of terrain.
We wanted to let you get to know Scott a little better, and learn how he can help you improve your mountain bike skills on bike park trails, jumps, and steep technical trails too.
WCC: Welcome to the team, Scott. You’ve been coaching for a number of years now, but can you let anyone who may not have met you know a little more about you, and your background as a mountain biker, mountain bike guide and coach?
Scott: I've been riding bikes for most of my life. It all started with riding and racing motocross at the age of 5, which later transferred to mountain biking. I enjoyed shredding trails around Lennox Forest with my younger brother Marc. It wasn’t until I turned 18 and was able to drive that the world of biking really opened up for me. I started to compete in downhill races around Scotland and ride more spots around the UK. I started attending group rides at Rebound in Lennoxtown and this is how I started my journey into coaching.
WCC: What do you hope to achieve as a coach?
Scott: I was first coached when I was a student on the BASE College course, where I was coached by Andy Barlow and Rab. This totally transformed my riding. Mountain coaching is beginning to get more and more common, similar to other sports like golf. It is really normal for a golfer to attend coaching at some point, and I think that this is something that is becoming more normal within mountain biking too.
As a coach, I want to help all riders learn new techniques and develop good habits. From the fundamentals of body position, to off the bike mobility and more. I hope to play a part in improving all rider's ability levels so that they feel more knowledgeable, confident and in control.
WCC: What is your favourite type of bike riding at the moment?
Scott: I love tackling and taming the steepest and scariest trails. The more technical the trail, the more it outlines my own weaknesses. I love to break down my own riding and learn how I can improve. It's also really satisfying when you tackle a difficult trail and master it.
WCC: What is your favourite place to ride? Scott: We’re really spoiled for choice in Scotland. For trail riding, it would have to be Aberfoyle in the Trossachs. And for downhill riding, there is no place like the World Cup Downhill Track at Nevi