MIAS Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme

Interested in becoming a mountain bike leader? Do you want to lead guided rides, inspire children to get out on their bikes and explore nature, help others improve their mountain bike skills and confidence? Then our MIAS Mountain Bike Leader courses are for you.

Mountain biking is probably one of the fastest growing sports in the country at the moment, so it’s an ideal time to become a mountain bike instructor. Our MIAS mountain bike instructor training and assessment courses are for people who wish to become mountain bike instructors across the UK. The Mountain Bike Instructors Award Scheme (MIAS) is recognised by The Association of British Cycle Coaches (A.B.C.C.) and is recognised by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA), Adventuremark. MIAS is a widely recognised and credible award.

The purpose of our MIAS mountain bike instructor training and assessment courses is to promote the safe enjoyment of all aspects of mountain biking in an off and on road environment. It provides training and assessment in the technical and group management skills required to lead groups in a variety of off- road environments and also incorporates on-road management training. It integrates training, experience and assessment in a variety of testing off-road conditions.

MIAS Mountain Bike Leader Level One (MBL1) : Non Technical Terrain, 2 days

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.

Candidate requirements: Basic off-road bike riding skills. Current First Aid Certificate or be working towards obtaining one.

MIAS Mountain Bike Leader Level Two (MBL2) : Technical Terrain, 2 days

For 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.

Candidate requirements: Strong off road riding skills including descending/braking in a controlled manner, effective climbing and pedaling techniques in rough/rocky terrain, step drops (up to 1/2 metre). Current First Aid Certificate or be working towards obtaining one.

Both Level 1 and Level 2 courses are run together. Candidates and the course instructor will decide after the initial assessment period which certification the individual candidates will undergo on the course, level 1 or level 2. Levels 1 and 2 cover different leadership needs, however at all levels candidates will undertake basic training in the following:

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


Two day MIAS training and assessment course for levels 1 and 2 is £250 per person. This cost also includes registration with MIAS training, training pack, log book, training, assessment, certificate

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