Mountain Bike Coaching UK MBCuk

The Mountain Bike Coaching UK MBCuk awards scheme exists to improve mountain bikers awareness of the knowledge and skills required to coach and lead on bikes with optimum safety education and comfort.

The Association of British Cycling Coaches (ABCC) Preliminary Cycling Coaches Award (PCCA) was the original cycle leader award which started out primarily as a generic cycle coaching award and was developed by popular demand to meet the needs of people coaching and leading in cycling activities on and off road.

It is the longest established coach leader award in the UK (circa 1994) and the course template has been adapted by many other Mountain Bike course providers throughout the UK.

The devolved Mountain Bike Coaching (MBCUK) Scheme offers training and assessment courses for their national coaching and Leader awards.
It continues to be inspected and endorsed by the Association Of British Cycling Coaches ABCC for membership and insurance and is inspected by Adventuremark the national licensing and advisory body for non statutory adventure training activities. It is also recognised by the Adventure Activities Licensing Services AALS


MBCuk is an Awarding Body and a course provider. It is run by a professional steering and focuses Panel (See Constitution) of members, including the Managing Director, Secretary, and a highly qualified team of Tutors from world class mountain biking, international mountain guides, adventure activities insurance specialists and ABCC Senior Coaches
They hold regular meetings to provide and maintain the high quality of the scheme and respond to the ever changing demands of mountain bikers.

Continued in Foreword here

The Team (MBC UK)

Chip Rafferty

ABCC Senior Tutor | Managing Director MBCuk


Chip Rafferty spent most of his coaching career in the Army Physical Training Corps coaching and training elite athletes in numerous sports as well as preparing soldiers fit for duty. Fifteen years as one of the original tutors for the ABCC Preliminary Cycling Coach Award PCCA (mountain bike leader) the longest established Coach leader award in the UK. Now developed and rebranded MBCuk specifically for mountain bikers.


Personal performance has seen achievements including top twenty finisher London Marathon and silver medalist World Duathlon Championships Adventurous highlights include climbing leader of the first descent of Lows Gully Borneo (filmed for channel 4 TV)


An academic profile includes a Masters Degree in Educational Management.
Project Management and Course Design skills.

Coaching qualifications include Association of British Cycling Coaches ABCC Senior Coach and former British Triathlon High Performance Coach as well as Coach Instructor qualifications in most Adventure Training activities.

Alex Rafferty (BSc)

Training Director

Alex has been living and breathing bikes for years. A proper pedaling powerhouse he's worked his way up through everything from BMX to the UK triathlon development team and now works full time as a professional MTB coach and equipment tester.

Over a decade of full on riding and racing experience plus his permanently infectious enthusiasm make him the ideal bike fitness and skills coach to take your riding to the next level whether you’re a total novice or an elite level rider.

As a fully qualified skiing, climbing and mountaineering instructor Alex’s all weather, all terrain knowledge is also second to none. Perfect for ensuring your maximum personal progression in a totally safe, encouragingly supportive and flat out fun environment.

Danny Hart

World Cup Downhill Racer

Danny's 2106 season ended with his second DH World Championship win at Val di Sole Italy! Which was achieved after three consecutive UCI World Cup wins, meaning he narrowly missed out on the 2016 World Cup overall.
Danny is an inspiration to the MBCuk team and all those he assists through passing on his expert knowledge and experiences.

Alex Rodgers

MBCuk Tutor - Midlands and Northern Ireland

Adrian “H” Haslam

MBCuk Tutor / N England

Stu Irving

MBCuk Tutor / Southern England

Daz Williams

MBCuk Tutor / Wales

Adam Johnson

MBCuk Tutor / Midlands

Carl Simmons

MBCuk Tutor / Midlands

Shaun Dutton

MBCuk Tutor / Midlands

Grant Webster

MBCuk Tutor / Scotland

Joe Rafferty

MBCuk Tutor / N England

Sulle Alhaji

MBCuk Tutor / S England

Ben Gale

MBCuk Tutor / Southwest

Frazier Mathias

MBCuk Tutor / Wales / N England

Moe Holmes

MBCuk Tutor /South

Spot Sinclair

MBCuk Tutor / Germany Harz

Will Brant

MBCuk Tutor / Germany

Rick Young

MBCuk Tutor / N England

Fraser Marr

MBCuk Tutor - Wales

Joe Flanagan


Dan Hartley


MBCuk Tutors - Northern Area