Cycle Ride Leader

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This course covers the skills necessary to lead group cycle rides, both on roads and on recognised cycle paths.

These group rides are often aimed at novice or inexperienced riders – people who want to become more physically active or who are interested in exploring their local area by bike.

What skills do I need?

You should be a confident rider with good communication skills. 

How long does it take?

This is a one-day course (8 hours).

What will I need?

You will need a roadworthy bike and clothing appropriate for the weather. You will also need to bring lunch/snacks unless the organiser is providing these.

It would be helpful to have some ideas of the sorts of rides you’ll be running after the course, and your target audience for these.

What will it cost?

The cost of this course varies, depending on the venue/organiser, but is usually between £50-80 per person. We may be able to advise you about funding that can be used for this kind of training.

If you are part of a group or organisation, for £500 you can book your own bespoke course for a group of 5-8 people, at your own venue, on a date that suits you.

What if I’m under 18 years old?

In order to become a qualified ‘Cycle Ride Leader’ you must be at least 18 years of age. Those who attend a course while aged 16-17 won’t be qualified to lead rides by themselves, but are allowed to assist adult Cycle Ride Leaders, and may be able to upgrade their qualification when they turn 18.

Please note that places for 16-17 year-olds must be agreed in advance, as there are restrictions on the number who can attend each CRL course.

Get started

We plan to run some ‘open’ courses in the new year, at various venues around Scotland. If you would be interested in joining one of these, please get in touch to add your name to our waiting list.

If you would like to arrange your own bespoke course, please get in touch.

Email training@cycling.scot.

What's next?

On completion of this course, you will have the knowledge and training to lead group rides using a variety of roads and cycle paths. As a Cycle Ride Leader, you should have the confidence to plan routes and make decisions for the group you’re responsible for.

Everyone who successfully completes the course is awarded a Certificate. Although this course can provide a useful introduction to leadership techniques, it is not a substitute for established off-road/ mountain bike leadership qualifications.

It is recommended that Cycle Ride Leaders also hold a valid first aid certificate and appropriate insurance.