Are you leading groups out on mountain bikes?

Did you know that you really should be qualified, to protect the group and yourself!!!

There is nothing worse than organising a ride and having some major issue that you don’t know how to deal with. What do you do when…

  • someone gets lost or separated from the group
  • you have a mechanical breakdown, can you fix it?
  • someone in the group is air lifted off, what do you do? How do you manage the situation?
  • your group don’t have the skill for your planned route and some of them want to go the easy way, how do you manage it?

These are just a few things that can be thrown at you as a ride leader. Having the skill and knowledge to react appropriately can make the difference, and believe me with mountain biking it can go pear shaped very fast.

 

We offer courses that result in an internationally recognised qualification for leading groups out on mountain bikes. These courses are ideal for teachers, youth group leaders or anyone who is involved with a MTB club. In fact everyone who attends our courses leave feeling more confident and assured they are prepared for the trails. From developing more skills to stay on the bike, understanding the basic trail maintenance repairs to get you home, having some first aid knowledge and much more.It gives you the skills and knowledge to keep your group safe whilst enjoying the great outdoors.

It gives you the skills and knowledge to keep your group safe whilst enjoying the great outdoors.

For more information about the courses we offer why not get in touch on 07739 041843 and we will explain more about them.

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MIAS Leaders Course

The November MIAS Leaders course is all sorted and ready to go. We still have a few spaces available if anyone fancies it. These courses are ideal for anyone who wants to lead groups out on mountain bikes.

The November course is on the 21st and 22nd on Cannock Chase.

To register on this course click here

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What a Brillllllliant weekend

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.