Cycling UK, Mountain Bike Coaching UK and the Mountain-Bike Instructors Award Scheme have announced the launch of a new qualification in mountain bike leadership, under the banner of the Association of British Mountainbike Guides.
The new accrediting body – which has officially joined the European Organisation of Mountain Bike Instructor-Guides – supports mountain biking leaders in the UK by adding more credibility and authority to the leaders’ training and assessment process.
The accreditation also aims to boost consumer confidence so that MTB riders have even greater peace of mind when booking a mountain biking trip in Europe.
The newly formed ABMG is an inclusive and open organisation that welcomes individuals and other organisations that meet the entry requirements set out in the group’s constitution.
Cycling UK training manager Matt Woodcock said: “This exciting new venture will give a real boost to mountain bike leaders who are keen to train and qualify through this new pathway. Becoming a licensed European Mountain Bike Guide and proud member of ABMG will soon become a badge of honour in the industry.”
He continued: “Cycling UK’s aim for this new association is to promote and support mountain bike leaders in Britain with an award that promotes parity with all international mountain bike awards, so that the industry is better recognised as a credible expert in running exhilarating and safe MTB holidays and tours.”
A new website for ABMG is currently being built and will be operational by the summer.