Covering the essential skills of leading groups, the Trail Leader Award fulfils many leaders needs in full. It focuses on games and skills development, group management to fulfil the four e's for your group:
• ensuring safety,
It includes essential navigation and trailside maintenance skills; roles, responsibilities and ride preparation principles. Dynamic risk assessment and dealing with emergencies also form valuable parts of the course.
As the main entry point for virtually all mountain bike leaders and instructors, Trail Leaders gain valuable fundamental competencies that form the backbone of their role, whether in Trail terrain, or having moved on to Technical environments or beyond.Back
It is essential for most adults to start at the Trail Leader Award. Before attending, you should:
• Have at least one years experience of regular riding experience in trail terrain. This should be a minimum of 30 rides.
• Have an interest in cycle instruction and/or mountain bike leading.
• We recommend that you hold a valid and appropriate first aid certificate (or obtain one shortly after your course).
• Be able to understand the basic principles of maps (what they represent and how).
• Have attempted to fix punctures.
• Be at least 17 years of age. In this case, you cannot be provided with a full Trail Leader certificate until you reach 18, but you may be provided with an Assistant Leader Award for the interim period.
- Whether one off sessions, or developing group members up to becoming independent riders, this qualification provides for Leaders working with adults, young people, novices or regular riders in non-technical terrain.Back
- You can deliver sessions on trail terrain which is non-technical. This means that it does not involve specific route selection (for example between rocks, roots or other obstacles) in order to ride on it. It can be as narrow as handlebar width. Typical trail terrain includes: forest tracks, fireroads, cycleways, and other smooth ground. Public highways and roads also fall within trail terrain.
|Height limit||Less than 600m above sea level|
|Remoteness factor||No further than 2.5km (30 mins walk) from a road or accessible landline telephone and shelter|
|Weather conditions||Only one of the below can apply to remain in scope (if 2 or more apply, it is beyond the level of the award):
- Temperature less than 10°C
- Continuous or heavy precipitation
- Visibility of 500m or less
- Where ice may exist, it must be clearly and easily avoidable
|Trail terrain||- Cycle accessible rights of way and routes that are defined on the map and ground
- Non-technical (i.e. does not require route selection within the trail or body positioning to ride)
- The surface is relatively smooth (though not necessarily surfaced)
- Where virtually all the route is entirely rideable
- The Trail Leader course is designed principly for the UK, however it may be used further afield with the following provisos:
- The holder is equipped with knowledge, experience and appropriate locally recognised qualifications to act as a mountain bike leader for the area they are using. These factors should include at least language, culture, weather and emergency procedures and may be covered through the CTC International module.
- In addition for locations with similar weather patterns to the UK, the Leader should remain within the specification of limits as stated above. These locations might include for example Scandanavia and northern Europe.
- Where a more settled weather pattern exists, for example southern Europe, the Trail Leader may extend their riding to above 600m, but must at all times remain less than 2.5 km from a road or land based telephone or contact point (e.g. top of a manned lift station), via a trail terrain rideable route.
- Where you remain within the height and remoteness factors, but make use of more technical terrain, you will require the Technical Mountain Bike Leader Award.
- Short questionnaire before assessmentBack
- Observations and assisting followed by provision at each course level means a flexible approach. Much is dependant on your previous experience and the rate at which you feel comfortable as your role increases. Hence it may take 3 courses to complete assessment and start providing at one level, it may require more.
- The Leader Trainer course is over 24 hours either a 2½ or 3 day course.
After an additional 1 day orientation you can deliver Go Mountain Bike.Back
SOLD. This is the course for me. How do I sign up?
It's easy to register for a CTC course. Make sure that you have the below information and payment method to hand, then:
• Identify your chosen course reference code from the course calendar. (if you are registering on a bespoke course, you will already have been given your course code).
• Ensure that you have read and understood our booking conditions. You will be asked to verify this on booking.
• Ring CTC's booking line on 0844 736 8451 (lo-call) and book your place.
• Note that all applications must be made by the applicant themselves. Due to the nature of the information we require, it is not possible to accept applications made by 3rd parties