Go Mountain Bike

An exciting mountain bike proficiency course which aids learning far beyond just riding a bike! Go Mountain Bike is a transferable nationwide participation scheme which offers learning and skill progression beyond just bike control skills and which encourages mid to long term progressive attainment. The scheme will cover 4 themes: go mountain bike logo

  • riding skills
  • first aid
  • being independent and self supporting
  • sharing the outdoors.

There are 5 levels of proficiency across these 4 themes.  Candidates will be able to mix and match the themes and levels according to their interest.

The principle aim of the scheme is to support individuals to develop the skills needed to make independent journeys in the outdoors. The flexibility of timescales used to undertake the various themes and levels makes the award appealing for delivery to a wide ability range of participants.

The underpinning links to Curriculum for Excellence through recognising achievement and attainment, skill and knowledge progression through commitment and structured and enjoyable learning experiences are a fantastic opportunity for schools to engage pupils. The new course is also a perfect companion to the D of E Award as the differing skills levels fit well with the structure of the D of E Bronze, Silver and Gold standards.

In addition themes such as environmental responsibility food and hydration, basic first aid, and above all the promotion of developing independence and confidence mean this is a course which can offer a great deal to schools and other groups of young people. It is cheap and well resourced, with full provision of coaching materials together with internet, logbook and web2 (e.g. Facebook etc) based attainment recording and sharing.

Below are some computer generated examples of the quality of coaching / key points illustration from the participant logbook:


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This new award scheme for mountain biking has been developed in partnership with key stakeholders including the:

  • CTC
  • Mountain Bike Leader Association (MBLA)
  • Scottish Cycling

The resource was developed to provide a comprehensive introduction to off-road riding for beginners through to advanced riders which can be used in terrain ranging from flat land car parks to easy trails and challenging single tracks.

The resources for the course, which comprise an instructor's guide and a participant/pupil's guide, are now completed and the council is registered as an Accredited Centre. As such we are now in a position to cascade the training required to deliver the course across the council area. Go Mountain Bike will be available to pupils/participants through "accredited instructors" (staff) who have gone through an orientation training day. It is a pre-requirement of becoming an accredited Instructor that you hold either the MBLA Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) award or Mountain Bike Leader (MBL) award.

The course is designed to offer a teaching and instructing "bolt -on&quot for the MBLA awards and has been designed to avoid replicating the leadership orientated content of the TCL and MBL awards. The levels you can progress through range from easy level 1 to technically challenging level 5 and are determined by your own aspirations and personal skills, both for participants and for those delivering the scheme - it really offers something for everyone.

You can register your interest in an orientation event by contacting Adventure Scotland at: info@adventure-scotland.com

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