Ride Leadership Award Level 1

Ride Leadership Award Level 1

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This course trains up confident and competent recreational cyclists to lead groups on the road in a safe and enjoyable manner, set mainly in urban environments up to a maximum distance of 50 miles. 

The award qualifies learners to deliver guided bike rides for groups of beginner and intermediate level adults and accompanied children on roads and cycle paths.

The course covers preparing for a ride, group management, risk management, route planning and British Cycling's good practice guidelines

Please note, attendance on one of these courses does not enable you to join the HSBC UK Breeze and/or HSBC UK Guided Ride programmes. You must complete a specific Breeze or Guided Ride course to enable you to do so. 

What does the course include? 

The course blends online learning with an assessed one-day course.  Learners receive

  • 30 days access to British Cycling Learning, with  4 hours of directed learning
  • One day of expert tuition by a British Cycling tutor including practical assessment

How much does it cost? 

  • £150.00 per person, or 

  • £1275.00 for a private course for a maximum of 10 learners 

There is no requirement to lead rides for British Cycling upon completing this course.

How long will the course take to complete? 

One day for the course, plus half a day online learning and another half day for first aid

What do I need to be able to register? 

  • The minimum age to attend a course is 18 years old and you must be a confident and competent recreational cyclist to lead groups on the road. 

  • Valid and current 3 hour Emergency First aid at work certificate, or equivalent  

  • British Cycling Community Membership*

*To benefit from Coaches, Leaders and Instructors Insurance you must have a minimum of Ride Membership

Upcoming courses 

If there is no course available nearby, please complete our short form to express interest. This will help us to plan for future courses and let you know when a nearby date has been added.

Express your interest in courses



 Online Booking


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10th February 2024



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2nd March 2024



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2nd March 2024


Velo Coaching - Dalby Forest

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9th March 2024



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16th March 2024



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23rd March 2024




23rd March 2024



6th April 2024



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20th April 2024


Download our Guidelines for Leading Rides here.

Contact us

Email Education

Tel: 0161 274 2060

Further information 

If you need extra support to undertake this course because of a physical or learning disability pleasecontact our teamto discuss any reasonable adjustments that would support you.