Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme


Become a Mountain Bike Leader

If you want to become a mountain bike instructor, this is the course for you. During this two/three day course, you will learn a variety of teaching techniques for building client confidence, group management, road safety and operational procedures and processes.

Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme

The course is a two-day training and assessment. As part of the assessment, you need to demonstrate a set level of personal ability. So for the less experienced candidate, we offer a three-day course which includes a skills day prior to the MIAS course. During assessment you will need to lead your group along a set route whilst demonstrating all the traits of a good leader. On your section you will be asked to coach one of the skills outlined in the skills matrix. You will demonstrate competency in basic trailside repairs. Your fitness should be such that you are comfortably able to ride 30km off-road at a moderate speed.

Two-Day Course

This two-day course is suitable for experienced mountain bikers.  The first day comprises of a training day and the second is an assessment day. Price: £200. This includes logbook, MIAS registration, and certificate.  

Three-Day Course

This three-day course is the same as the two-day course, but includes an additional day of skills tuition. The 'skills day' tuition runs prior to the MIAS course for riders who are less experienced. Cost £250. Includes all listed for the two day course plus a day of additional skills tuition.

Course Dates 2020

The level 1 & 2 courses are run over the same two day period.  The instructor and candidate will decide on the training day which level the candidate will be assessed at. Level 1 is for individuals wishing to lead in non-technical terrain (canal paths, disused railway lines, forest tracks, etc…). Level 2 is for those wishing to lead groups across technical terrain (roots/rocks/drops etc…).

  • 11th & 12th July

  • 7th & 8 November

Additional courses can be arranged on request (min of 4 candidates). If this is of interest, please get in touch to discuss further. For more information on this course please contact the course tutor

Course Syllabus

  • Group management & Communication
  • Leader responsibilities
  • Navigation & Route planning
  • Access & Conservation
  • Risk assessments
  • Equipment checks
  • Personal equipment
  • Group equipment
  • Riding skills
  • Trailside repairs
  • Weather

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