Mountain Biking Trail Courses

CTC Volunteer Trail Repair Co-ordinator & Trail Inspection Courses

If you would like to organise a bespoke CTC course at your trail or venue then please get in touch at

Volunteer Trail Repair Co-ordinator Course

Maintaining trails is critical to their continued safe and enjoyable use. The Volunteer Trail Repair Co-ordinator (VTRC) provides the knowledge and skills to keep trails up to spec, manage groups on dig days and liaise with and satisfy land managers' requirements.

The course has been developed with a number of partners including Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) and the Forestry Commission. These partnerships have enabled the course to benefit from best practice across the mountain bike trail build sector. The course focuses on repairing mountain bike trails, which is seen as an essential role of volunteer groups. It is designed for those maintaining a broad range of trails from wild trails to trail centre trails, bike parks and urban pocket parks.

The content of the one-day course covers everything from liaising with the land owner/managers to recruiting volunteers to assist with the repair of mountain bike trails. It also ensures that volunteers understand the legal and moral obligations and that all necessary paperwork and training are up to date and that records of work carried out are kept in order. Read more....

Cost: The course costs £150- per person (exc VAT)

Time: 9am - 5pm

Dates & Venues:

Sunday 25th October 2015 - Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland, Peel Tower, Glentress, EH45 8NB  - BOOK ONLINE NOW!

Trail Inspection Course

This course helps you employ the protocols and best practice techniques to undertake, record and verify trail checks of marked and wild trails.
Key Content:
Why trail check? An understanding of responsibilities and litigation
Recording protocols, tools and techniques
Creating a trail checking rota
What to look for on the trail: corridor; surfacing; visibility; signage
Identifying locations
Management and verification requirements

Cost: The course costs £150- per person (exc VAT)

Time: 9am - 5pm

Dates & Venues:

Saturday 24th October 2015 - Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland, Peel Tower, Glentress, Peebles, EH45 8NB - BOOK ONLINE NOW!

Improving the Construction of Paths for Multi-Use - Mountain Bikes

A Multi-Use Paths Workshop for Land Owners, Managers & Occupiers

After a successful pilot with National Trust for Scotland in 2013, Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) and partners, Glenmore Lodge, SATIN and Scottish Natural Heritage, are delighted to offer a free workshop for land owners, managers and occupiers into the key principles of building, maintaining and upgrading multi-use paths with mountain bikes in mind.

The workshop was held at Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s National Outdoor Centre, near Aviemore, on 23rd September from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

We are currently evaluating the workshop and will be investigating the need for future dates in 2015. 

The workshop will focus on the following key points:
• Overview of Mountain Biking in Scotland – Background, Trends & Future Patterns
• Project Management of Path Construction
• Technical construction of paths
• How good practice helps mountain bikers to be responsible
• Field Visit – Examples of good practice & bad practice
• Short term & long term actions for Land Owners, Managers & Occupiers
• Recruiting MTB Volunteers onto path maintenance programmes in 2015

The workshop is solely focused on multi-use paths and not on mountain bike specific trail construction.