Cycle leader books

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Cycle leader books

Postby adamp » 6 Sep 2010, 3:59am

I have recently been asked to run a staff training day at work teaching good practice for leading a group on bikes. I attended a Mountain bike leader training course a few years ago when it was run by OTC before it changed to the CTC. So although I can remember some of the learning points from this I can't remember enough to be able to teach it. So I am looking for a book which might be able to jog my memory, does anybody know of one? I would get on another coarse myself however I work for a school in Thailand so it's not really feasible.
Thanks any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Cycle leader books

Postby ttaylo8 » 8 Sep 2010, 4:36pm

Try British Cycling for leader courses.

Good luck

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Re: Cycle leader books

Postby adamp » 9 Sep 2010, 4:04am

thanks for the reply, but I'm looking for a book not a course.

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Re: Cycle leader books

Postby Vorpal » 10 Sep 2010, 3:10pm

Cyclecraft has some advice about leading and riding with groups, and most sections have information about teaching. Other than that, I'm not familiar with any. Anyone else?

It's possible that some of the county councils have some guides, or that BC would provide their course literature if you explained the situation.
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Re: Cycle leader books

Postby emleyman » 10 Sep 2010, 3:34pm

These may be a bit simple for you as they are aimed at teaching children rather than adults, but the Bikeability manuals are downloadable from here: ... e_manuals/

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Re: Cycle leader books

Postby Bikecat » 18 Sep 2010, 8:52pm

Here are some tips, not a book I'm afraid.
If you are leading a group, keep the slowest one just behind you, so you can easily see that you are keeping a suitable pace. If possible have someone else near the back, cycling a little bit further out than the group, to keep traffic from coming too near them. If you are on your own, you may want to only take a smallish group, say 5 or 6, and you yourself cycle as an 'outrider' up and down on the outside, again to keep traffic from coming too close and to chat to everyone and keep them going.
However, while this might work in the UK, I have no idea how cyclists are viewed in Thailand, so don't know what reaction you might get from drivers.
Hope this is of use.

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Re: Cycle leader books

Postby Jules » 20 Sep 2010, 2:27pm

hi, try downloading the CTC Ride Leader Guidelines from the website and also Cycling With a Group

CTC can also offer bespoke courses in ride leading to organisations etc - contact Greg Woodford at CTC for details: