Absolutely freezing. but we all enjoyed a great weekend.
Most of Saturday was spent around Birches Valley with a mixture of Classroom work, Skills coaching and Risk Assessments with a bit of route planning to finish. Then on Sunday we all headed out for the assessment ride. It was cold, foggy and to be honest the trails were horrible. A mixture of sticky wet mud with frozen ruts underneath. I think we all had challenges along the way, with plenty of spills, mostly from a frozen rut throwing you off balance. No major injuries, apart from the odd bruised ego.
Just want to thank all the guys who attended for making the whole course fun to deliver. I almost forgot I was assessing you as it felt like we were just out for a group ride.
Joe Easter, a pleasure to coach, took everything in your stride and do it all with ease. A great asset to the British Army and a cracking ambassador for MIAS. Congratulations on achieving your Level 2.
Scott Pretty, again a pleasure to coach, had a couple of big spills, which is only testimony to your always have a go attitude, another asset to the forces and MIAS. A Level 2 awarded and well deserved.
Both Joe & Scott are going to be using their qualification within the Army.
Amy Dennis, it was so rewarding to see your confidence grow over the 2 days. Amy did really well in all aspects of the course and only really struggled with a bit of confidence. So we worked on it and on the assessment ride Amy cracked it on the longest, rooted descent of the course. You should be proud of yourself Amy. A Level 2 in the bag, well done. Amy is shortly heading up north to the Lake District to work in the outdoor pursuits arena.
And finally, Jojo. Really nervous about attending the course and told us of her epic fall of a bike where she broke or bruised almost everything. So again she had a bit of a confidence issue. Jojo pulled it out of the bag and her confidence grew with every 100 yards we rode. She tackled everything and stayed in the saddle, apart from the one time, but we won’t mention that. Jojo is heading off abroad again to Greece where she will be making use of her Level 2 MIAS qualification.
So congratulations to you all, 4 more MIAS Leaders at level 2. Which is now 21 all together so far this year. To see a few photos of the weekend take a look on our photos page.