Mountain Biking: The Manual is packed with expert advice

The biggest names in mountain biking reveal the secrets of their success in a new book published next month.

Mountain Biking: The Manual is a skills and technique guide drawing insight from over a dozen of the world’s best mountain bikers, including world champions Gee Atherton, Greg Minnaar and Steve Peat.

Peat, who is regarded by many within the MTB world as a living legend, gave his endorsement by writing the foreword to the book.

Peat said: “From the first timer on a mountain bike to a fully-fledged racing snake, there is knowledge here for all. The Manual will show you the fundamentals, the in-between bits and the moves to make your family proud of you. You will all be better riders for it."

The 258-page book - published by Wavefinder Ltd on 15 August - covers every aspect of the sport, with chapters on equipment, training and preparation augmenting the detailed analysis of riding techniques.

Each section is backed up with insiders’ tips from those whose skills have taken them to the top, and illustrated with stunning images from specialist photographers.

The book has been written by professional MTB coach Chris Ball, a former Scottish champion who competed in over 30 world cup events.

"There are technique pages on core skills like getting a balanced body position, pulling the perfect wheelie or bunny-hopping clean and high. There are trail tips for hitting off-camber corners flat out and fluid, sticking the right line through switchbacks, coping with gnarly root sections or daring deep drop-offs," adds Steve Peat.

Mountain Biking: The Manual is published on 15 August 2010 by Wavefinder Ltd with a recommended retail price of £19.99. The book can be pre-ordered now from www.wave-finder.com, as well as being available in all good bookshops.