Mountain Bike Leaders Handbook book review

I was recently given a copy of this book and felt a review was called for.

The book seems to set out as a non biased tutorial on mountain bike leadership and coaching systems and skills.

There is no allegiance to any governing body (MIAS, BC, MTBUK, ABCC, etc.) although Graham does declare on page 9 that he went through the MIAS pathway – this is the only reference to that in the book.

The book is split into chapters

  • Leadership
  • Coaching
  • Environmental impact
  • Access
  • Riding Skills
  • Navigation
  • What to carry
  • Know your bike
  • First aid

and it finishes with a conclusions chapter.

The text flows quite easily and i found the chapters easy to read, although there was an element of teaching granny to suck eggs at times as i knew quite a lot of the content, there was also some coaching techniques which where new to me, and prompted me to go off and google for more information.

There are a lot of photos, and each chapter offers some detailed explanations on the subject matter.

I would say that if you are an experienced coach in MTB, or indeed in any other sport you could find the book a little light reading but if you are considering leading  rides or getting into coaching i would really recommend getting yourself a copy.  Information after all is power,  and it all will help round you as a competent MTB  ride leader.


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