BICP Level 1 Certification


Length: 3 days | Cost: R7500pp.

The course includes a classroom portion, field practice, and practical exam.

The BICP Level 1 course offers hands-on training to prepare students for leading rides and mountain bike guiding in a group situation along with how to assess, demonstrate and instruct the fundamental skills. In addition to comprehensive training on the fundamental elements of mountain biking, Level 1 participants will create a foundation for future BICP training courses including personal riding skills, proper form, systematic methods, and terminology.

Completion of the course, in addition to passing a practical exam, will qualify an individual to:

  • Lead individual or group mountain bike ride in a professional, systematic and safe manner
  • Assess the level of each rider in their group through a pre-ride session
  • Assess and diagnose common errors within each rider’s fundamental skills
  • Prepare and implement action plans in an emergency situation
  • Make responsible choices in picking trail routes for specific groups
  • Assist BICP instructors at clinics, camps, and events

Level 1 Pre-requisites:

  • Current First Aid and CPR certificate
  • Three or more years of mountain biking experience
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Good communication skills with a strong desire to help others have more fun and progress safely
  • Ability to perform basic trailside repairs (flat tires, broken chains, and shifting adjustments)
  • Fluent in the English language including reading and speaking
  • Wilderness First Aid certification strongly recommended

Level 1 Course Topics:

Risk Management
The Ten Fundamental Elements of Mountain Biking:

  • Neutral Position, Ready Position, & Ready State
  • Bike/Body Separation
  • Pedal Position
  • Eye Movement
  • Braking
  • Steering
  • Speed
  • Gearing and Cadence
  • Timing and Coordination
  • Pressure Control

Group management
Rider assessment through a pre-ride skills session
Instruction principals
Safety and etiquette

The Level 1 course now offers a section on creating teaching plans, plus an introduction to eight different skills. Once participants have completed their Level 1 evaluation, the BICP Instructor Trainer will take the group through a professional skills clinic. It offers participants a chance to receive world-class personal instruction and see how an instructional clinic is performed from start to finish. It is part of the introduction to instruction and prepares participants for the next level of certification with the BICP.

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