1. Course Description

The Mountain Bike Coach MBC course is a five day (three day if exempt training) modular course to assess a candidate’s ability to coach and lead technical riding at advanced levels including guiding and coaching. Module one is a two day training course. Module two is a three day assessment course to include written assignments.

2. Aim

The aim of the course is to train and assess TTL’s or equivalent candidates to guide and coach advanced mountain biking. The main emphasis of the course is on guiding and coaching on advanced technical terrain typical of an Alpine MB Trail, including night riding and overnight journeys. It is also aimed at training and assessing the candidate’s theoretical and practical ability in, advanced, navigation, safety and group management, trailside maintenance, planning and risk assessments, coaching and instruction, emergency procedures.

3. Pre Course Standards

A background of advanced level leading and coaching is essential, with TTL or equivalent and 40 logged off road rides. Coaching and leading groups on varied advanced terrain and Mountain Bike environments including night riding and overnight journeys with personal riding in at least three major UK geographical biking areas.
Overseas experience is expected, and the candidate must be a competent Level 3 in personal cycling skills, and be proficient in a hill-walking environment.

4. Liabilities and Limitations

The Mountain Bike Coach MBC may guide and coach, on all cycle permitted areas or unmarked cycle trails, including multi day journeys, overseas, and skills parks, with a risk assessment. Terrain can be up to and including Severe but must not be defined as mountainous or remote unless technically proficient in that environment.
Furthermore the Coach must be operating within the limitations of their current logbook experience with a maximum instructor to student ratio of 1-6. An appropriate and valid first aid certificate and insurance must be held.

5. Course Outcomes

On receiving a pass it is recommended that the candidate gains further Coaching experience, (using their Action Plan), before applying for the Association of British Mountainbike Guides ABMG course. A defer must apply for a re-assessment after completion of an Action Plan, and a fail must re-sit the course after a minimum time of 6 months and completion of an Action Plan.
All candidates will receive an immediate verbal feedback, followed by a written report and Action Plan.

6. Transfer of awards

Candidates with equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies i.e. BC, MBLA, CTC, MIAS, Mountain Bike Leader Awards, may apply to transfer their awards to MBCUK.