Mountain Bike Courses

MOUNTAIN-BIKE LEADER TRAINING

Mountain Biking is associated with freedom, adventure and discovery and promotes an opportunity to explore local and national wilderness areas.  It comes as no surprise that Mountain-Bike Leader training courses are in demand, by teachers, youth workers and those looking for a change in career.  But more often than not they are regular MTB riders looking to enhance their riding skills and achieve a sports-leadership qualification.  Course dates are as follows

  • May 23/24
  • Sept 12/13
  • Oct 10/11

Our courses are accredited to the Mountain-Bike Instructor Award Scheme (MIAS) and we work towards attaining Level 1 and 2 of the MTB Leader Award (see below).

For military students we also have accreditation to the Standard Learning Credits scheme (SLC) where funding is available to those who fulfil certain criteria.  Without doubt now is an ideal time to become a Mountain-Bike Leader and we offer the practical skills training and assessment for it to become a reality.

  • Payment for Level 1/2 Course - £225 (includes Course Registration, Knowledge and Skills Training, Ride Logbooks and Course Assessment).
  • Pick bespoke course-dates with 5 or more friends or colleagues and we can lay on a course especially for you and your group.
  • For your convenience you can leave your own bike at home and borrow one of our Trek X-Caliber Hard-Tail mountain bikes.
  • Check out mountainbikeinstructor.com for more information on the Mountain-Bike Leader Award and other MIAS Courses.
  • Feel free to call or email with any questions you might have OR simply fill out the no obligation sheet below. We will follow up up by contacting you.

What is the Mountain-Bike Leader Award?

It is a skill-level which sets out an individual rider as a group-ride leader.  Training and assessment takes place during a 2 day course – usually held over a Saturday and Sunday (but not exclusively so).  The first day covers all aspects of the course to ensure that each candidate has the required knowledge and understanding of mountain-biking when riding within a group.  The second day involves taking part in a group ride scenario and each rider will take their turn leading and managing the group in any situation that may arise.  The Level 1 & 2 courses are run together.  Candidates and the course instructor will decide after the initial assessment period which certification the individual candidates will undergo (Level 1 or 2).

What is the Mountain Bike Leader Award Level One (MBL1)

Whis is an entry level Ride Leadership award held over 2 days and qualifies students as an MBL1 when riding over Non Technical Terrain.  The award allows access into low-level terrain with few potential hazards, i.e. country parks, canal towpaths, and non-wilderness areas where help and assistance is almost immediately accessible.

What is the Mountain Bike Leader Award Level 2 (MBL2)

This is an intermediate level award held over 2 days and qualifies students as an MBL2 when riding over Technical Terrain.  This award allows access into open country with the potential hazards that surround such terrain.  The leader must operate within 30 minutes of cycling assistance.

Course Syllabus

  • Group-Ride Management
  • Bike repairs carried out on the trail.
  • Responsibilities of the Group Ride-Leader
  • Navigation, including micro-navigation, using cycle computers, maps and various compasses.
  • Access to riding areas and how to conserve those areas for the future.
  • Technical Riding Skills – improving your own personal riding skills
  • Coaching – improving the skills of group members
  • Personal Equipment – what kit and equipment you need to carry
  • Group Equipment – what kit and equipment needs to be carried within the group
  • Weather – understanding the effects of the weather on riding

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