Leading Adaptive Mountain Bikers (LAMB) course

Published: 08 August 2012

Article: "Leading Adaptive Mountain Bikers (LAMB) course"

Course Date: 02 & 03 Nov 2012

Improvements in adaptive bike technology mean that it is now possible to offer disabled riders a genuine off-road experience. The new MinorTaur trail at Coed y Brenin opens up further possibilities, as it has been engineered to take adaptive trikes and quads along its entire length, and leads to the possibility of trail centre rides for mixed ability groups. Our aim is to take adaptive cycling to its next logical stage: out of the confined and defined environment and into the wilderness. The LAMB course is designed to provide mountain bike leaders with the appropriate confidence, skills and knowledge to be able to include, encourage and support adaptive riders within their groups.

About the Course
Day-1 covers aspects of adaptive cycling including:
• The value of adaptive cycling
• Disability awareness
• Disability groupings
• A look at a range of adaptive bikes and a chance to try them out
• Delivering sessions which include riders on adaptive bikes

Day-2 will look at adaptive MTB and leadership including:
• aMTB leadership challenges and strategies
• Risk assessment and emergency procedures
• Bike set-up, features and unfamiliar technology
• Skills development
• Trail riding considerations and bike try-outs

At the completion of the course, leaders will receive a certificate of attendance, and successful candidates will additionally receive accreditation to make use of the ‘Challenge your Boundaries’ adaptive MTBs at Coed y Brenin.

Who is running the Course?
The LAMB course has been developed for the ‘Challenge your Boundaries’ project by SnowBikers MTB leadership trainers and Cycling Projects.

Who is the LAMB course for?
The two day course is open to existing MTB leaders who hold MBLA, CTC, or OTC mountain bike leadership qualifications, as well as holders of MIAS level II awards.

For people interested in adaptive cycling who do not hold any of the above qualifications, a number of places will be made available to attend day-1 only. These riders will receive an appropriate certificate of attendance, but will not be eligible for Challenge your Boundaries leader accreditation.

The course will be based at the Forestry Commission Wales Visitors’ Centre at Coed y Brenin Forest Trail Centre, near Dolgellau in Gwynedd, North Wales. LL40 2HZ.

Fri 2nd and Sat 3rd Nov with the chance to gain some practical experience on the Sunday Momentum Ride

How Much?
Day-1 only: £75

Days 1 & 2: £150 per person

For more information or to book please contact Graham & Jacky O'Hanlon by phoning: 01341 430628, emailing: grahamoh@hotmail.com or through facebook: www.facebook.com/challengeyourboundaries