Training Course: Leading Adaptive Mountain Bikers (LAMB)


Leading Adaptive Mountain Bikers (LAMB)

Posted: 21 June 2011

Improvements in adaptive bike technology mean that it is now possible to offer riders with disabilities 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. 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.

The course is run by SnowBikers MTB leadership trainers and Cycling Projects for the ‘Challenge your Boundaries' project.


The 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.


The next LAMB course is scheduled for Sat 5th & Sun 6th Nov 2011

How Much?

Day 1&2: £150 per person
Day 1 only: £80 per person

What will I need to bring?

• Attendees will need to supply copies of their qualifications prior to booking on to the course.
• There will be class room and practical biking sessions throughout each day, so clothes that will be comfortable in both settings in all weathers are recommended.
• Riders will be working in pairs with an adaptive bike and will need a regular MTB to ride when they are not using the aMTB. We recommend that you bring along a bike with flat pedals that you will be happy letting other riders use when you are riding the aMTB.
• Lunches can be bought at the visitor centre café or if you prefer, you can bring along a packed lunch.

How do I book a place?

Give SnowBikers a call on 01341 430628 or visit