Jr. Ride Leader Class

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Jr. Ride Leader Class

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The Jr. Ride Leader course was designed for the 14-16year-olds who are volunteers and/or people working as Ride Leaders for mountain biking clubs. The course is not a skills clinic – participants must already have a solid understanding of mountain biking, based on personal riding experience. The Jr. Ride Leader course will provide direction and build your confidence to lead mountain bike rides. The Jr. Ride Leader will have the ability to spot and correct basic bike skills for the safety of their group. Also provides the Jr. Ride Leader with the necessary tools and awareness to lead a group on safe mountain bike rides geared towards beginner trails.   

Jr.Ride Leaders who complete this course will be eligible for paid positions with MNW. *you must be 14 to be able to work in WA state.                                                              

Completion of the course, in addition to passing a practical exam, will qualify an individual to:

Lead individual or group mountain bike ride in a professional, systematic and safe manner

  • Assess the level of each rider in their group through a pre-ride session

  • Assess and diagnose common errors within each rider’s fundamental skills

  • Prepare and implement action plans in an emergency situation

  • Make responsible choices in picking trail routes for specific groups

  • Assist MNW instructors at clinics, camps, and events

Jr. Ride Leader Prerequisites:

  • Current First Aid and CPR certificate

  • Three or more years of mountain biking experience

  • Have at least 40 hours of volunteer hours with local rec. center, bike shops, trail groups, etc

  • At least 14 years of age

  • Good communication skills with a strong desire to help others have more fun and progress safely

  • Ability to perform basic trailside repairs (flat tires, broken chains, and shifting adjustments)

Q & A

I'm not 14 but I want to be a Jr. Ride Leader like last year?

To take the course and be a paid Jr. Ride Leader you must be 14 years old

You can still start volunteering with MNW events at age 12 with parents permission

I don't have my First Aid certificate, can I still do the course?

Yes, but you can not work for MNW until you get your First Aid certificate

What happens when I turn 16 years old?

When you turn 16 you can opt-in early to the Bike Instructor Certification Program to become a certified mountain bike instructor, as long as you have been a Jr.Ride Leader and taken the course