MIAS Approved Provider of mountain biking training courses

Courses

Mountain-Bike Leader Level 1 & 2

Mountain bike course

These courses are particularly beneficial for those who wish to gain employment or work as independent operators within the travel industry. They are also very popular with teachers, youth leaders, scout leaders etc. who have benefited from a recognized qualification.

Level 1 Non-Technical

This qualification is aimed at those who wish to lead groups of beginners in non-technical terrain (forest tracks, canal towpaths etc). Basic Skills - allowing access into low-level terrain, with little potential hazards. i.e. country parks, canal towpaths, Bridleways and Cycle Paths in non-wilderness areas where help is almost immediately accessible. Have a current First Aid Certificate or be working towards obtaining one.

Level 2 Technical

Mountain biking

This qualification is aimed at those who wish to lead groups of beginners in non technical terrain and intermediate riders in technical (rocky /demanding terrain). For low level ride on Bridleways and wilderness areas. Intermediate Skills - allowing access into Wild Country, with the potential hazards that surround such terrain. Candidate must be in possession of a BEL Award, WGL or equivalent or Accredited APL. Have a current First Aid Certificate and good map reading skills.


The Level 1 & Level 2 courses are run together. Candidates & the course instructor will decide after the initial assessment period which certification the individual candidates will undergo on the course, Level 1 or Level 2. The course has national accreditation with The Association of British Cycle Coaches (A.B.C.C.), Cyclist’s Touring Club (C.T.C.) and is recognised by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA), Adventuremark.

Course syllabus

  • Group management
  • Communication
  • Coaching skills
  • Navigation
  • Route planning
  • Risk assessment
  • Management
  • Legal issues
  • Recording systems
  • Access & conservation
  • Equipment requirements
  • Riding skills
  • Emergency repairs
Suspension servicing

The syllabus shown above is assessed to meet MIAS requirements by the following methods:

  • Candidates who wish to be assessed at Level 1 must be able to demonstrate basic off-road riding skills and have a current First Aid Certificate or be working towards obtaining one
  • Candidates who wish to be assessed at Level 2 must be able to demonstrate strong off road riding skills including step drops (up to 1/2 metre), descending braking in a controlled manner, effective climbing and pedaling techniques in rough / rocky terrain. Have a current First Aid Certificate or be working towards obtaining one

Upcoming courses

Coed y Brenin Forest Park, LL40 2HZ

Cost: £245 (SLC can be used by MOD personnel)

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Level 3 Mountainous

This level covers areas defined as mountainous by Mountain training UK. You will be able to guide groups beyond 30 mins of cycling assistance. You will require advanced riding techniques to ride mountainous terrain with drops up to 1 metre, advanced map reading and group management. AALS may require you to hold additional qualifications to work in this terrain (e.g. ML, WGLA or equivalent MOD qualifications). Includes Red/Black forest trails.

Upcoming courses

Coed y Brenin Forest Park, LL40 2HZ

Cost: £245 (MOD can use SLC)

Coed y Brenin Forest Park, LL40 2HZ

Cost: £245 (MOD can use SLC)

To secure a place on the above courses please call or email us...

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Suspension Servicing

This course will guide you through the basics of maintenance, suspension servicing, and set up. You will cover lower leg servicing including wiper seal and oil changes, air-can servicing including the air-seal replacement. Learn how to use and install air-volume reducers and their benefits of how they can transform your your bikes handling.

An overview of many modern suspension units will be covered to enable you to understand and set up your fork and shock’s potential.

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Cycle FIT Level 1 & 3

Mountain bike training

The Cycle FIT Course Level 1 and 3 is of 16 hour duration and is an NVQ standard Level One award for Grade One and an NVQ standard Level Two award for Grade Three. All of these courses are accredited through NCFE. NCFE Externally moderates all MIAS courses.

These two courses are delivered exactly the same way, the difference being in the assessment process. Those students during assessment require additional support in order to achieve, will be graded at the first level. Those students who complete tasks etc unaided will be awarded Grade Three.

Delivery of the train the trainer course is through qualified MIAS Level Five/Six Trainer Assessors.

Course syllabus

  • Welcome pack
  • Health and Safety
  • Initial assessment
  • Types of cycles and their components
  • Tools needed
  • Cycle fit
  • General pre-ride checks
  • Gear adjustment
  • Chain splitting
  • Brake adjustment (mechanical and hydraulic)
  • Puncture repair/tyre and replacement
  • Cassettes
  • Bottom Brackets
  • Headsets
  • Wheels
  • Spoke replacement
  • Seat posts and saddles
  • Pedals
  • Handlebars
  • Forks rigid/suspension

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