The aim of this award is to upskill members of staff or volunteers, either from a basic level of MTB proficiency or from ‘in-house’ training. The Level 1 Leaders will be trained to a standard that enables them to lead introductory level mountain bike rides on limited pre-determined routes in a safe and enjoyable environment. This limits the level of route planning and navigation skills required by the individual and places greater emphasis on the centre’s standard operating procedures.
If you are interested in Level 1 Accreditation, or are an accredited centre looking to have new Level 1 leaders trained, contact us for more information.
How to become an Accredited Centre
The centre accreditation process is undertaken in partnership with British Cycling and leads to a formal inspection prior to any delivery of leadership training.
Level 1 training
The one day Level 1 training course includes training and assessment of:
- essential leader equipment
- effective puncture repairs
- equipment set-up and safety checks
- fundamental mountain bike techniques
- bike games
- techniques for effective group management
- accident and emergency procedures.
As it is a site-specific course, the centres’ existing procedures such as Emergency Action Procedures are incorporated into the training. This will give the leaders all the skills necessary to operate in their specific environment.
There is no formal assessment during this programme; the assessment for this course will be ongoing throughout the day. Upon successful completion of the required criteria staff will be signed off by the tutor. This will enable them to lead rides on the site specific route.
Leaders trained at Level 1 can lead on limited pre‐determined routes they have been trained on and in terrain that;
- Can be ridden seated and only requires basic weight‐shift application
- Has one clear line choice, so no decision making is required from riders. If there are two choices then the leader needs to tell or show riders which line to take
- Is no more than half an hour’s walk from where an ambulance can get to
- Is during daylight in normal summer and intermediate seasonal conditions.
Note: Sections of road can be included if appropriate and part of the training.