Mountain Bike Instructors Award Scheme

This is a weekend course,  it covers.

  • Personal & group equipment
  • Access
  • Cycle maintenance
  • Trail maintenance
  • Navigation
  • Coaching skills
  • Risk assessment & management
  • Recording systems and procedural paperwork
  • Group & trail management
  • Emergency procedures

At the end of the weekend candidates will receive a personal course debrief  and hopefully certification to show they are now newly qualified to MIAS level 1 or 2.

Level 1

For instructors who will lead groups off road on way marked tracks below 600 meters and within close proximity of immediate aid. Typically these might be; way marked cycle tracks, canal tow paths, and forestry tracks. These would involve skills such as; climbs, descents, pedal kicks, short track stand and wheel lifts.

Requirements: Previous mountain bike experience.

Level 2

Instructors who wish to lead groups into moorland, upland or mountainous terrain up to 600 meters and within 30 minutes walk of habitation. Technically a little more demanding and will employ climbing and descents over loose surfaces, single track, log hops, jumps, small drop offs, deep mud and water crossing.


The Mountain Bike Instructors Award Scheme (MIAS)

Benefits and History

Q MIAS level 2 instructor is awarded a QCF level 2, this is equivalent to a GCSE and a MIAS level 3 instructor is awarded a QCF level 3, which is equivalent to an “A” level. The MIAS award is also operated under the European Qualifications Framework and is equivalent to e level 4 in this award, which means it is recognised in France as a leaders award for mountain biking. This can be of use if your considering working in the Alps.

MIAS also recognises that you may come with a life time of experience in outdoor education and mountain biking so we do recognise approved prior learning, as well as training you may have undertaken with other recognised award providers.

This means we can fast track some training if the prior training with other awards can be evidenced. This award has been used by guides and members of the armed services, the police, mountain guides, schools and youth groups in: Chile, France, Spain, Singapore, New Zealand, Crete, Morocco, Canada and Italy, making it a very credible award for leading and guiding abroad

Personal Development.

I also run frequent half day and full day courses in the Peaks and surrounding areas.  The focus is on working with the riders to help build skill and confidence. Many new riders are nervous about speed and will spend most of a ride using their brakes when they are not needed therefore risking low speed stalls, lack of flow and a serious reduction of fun!

I will provide feedback on technique, approaching obstacles and body-position, giving instruction and assistance to help the rider work towards improving and removing common faults, I will give guidance on the day that you can take away and practice.