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 will benefit from a recognised 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. Successful candidates will need to 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. Successful candidates will need to 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: £250 (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 need to be a MBL 2 or equivalent, show evidence that you ride in mountainous terrain and are proficient with advanced map reading and use of GPS. 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: £250 (SLC can be used by MOD personnel)

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

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Cycle FIT Maintenance Level 1 & 3

Mountain bike training

The Cycle FIT Course Level 1 and 3 is of 16 hour duration and is at QCF Level 3 standard. Candidates who achieve Level 3 can obtain the QCF L3 certification for an additional cost of £80 per person for the certification plus the assessor’s fee - please contact us for more details if this of interest. 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.

Cost: £250pp (SLC can be used by MOD personnel) Personnel

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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ABMG - Association of British Mountain Bike Guides

Candidates who have achieved the Level 3 Mountainous qualification can progress to become a British Mountain Bike Guide through the ABMG scheme. For full details please visit the ABMG website or contact us for more details.