Certified MTB Instructor Training


The Loppet partners with Bike Instructor Certification Program (BICP) to offer professional training and certification for individuals who lead group rides or teach mountain bike skills clinics. With BICP, they’re building on proven, successful methods nearly two decades in development, and aim to establish a standard for mountain bike skills instructor training.

A 1-day course, the BICP Ride Leader course was developed to introduce the basics of mountain bike ride leading to 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 Ride Leader course will provide direction and build your confidence to lead mountain bike rides. The Ride Leader will have the ability to spot and correct basic bike skills for the safety of their group. Also provides the Ride Leader with the necessary tools and awareness to lead a group on safe mountain bike rides geared towards beginner trails.

A 3-day course that certifies an individual as a Fundamental Skills Instructor.

There are many aspects to teaching mountain biking: planning and preparation, risk management, clear communication with students, managing a group of riders, and being fully confident in your own understanding and demonstration of the Fundamental Elements. With the solid foundation covered in the Ride Leader course you are ready to focus on developing your skills instruction. The skills portion of this course takes you through 16 different skills.

Each student will be tested on their ability to demonstrate, teach, and provide feedback through error detection and corrections.

In order to pass the BICP Level 1 course, participants must demonstrate an understanding of the material, perform a suitable teaching simulation, and pass a written test.

A 3-day course that certifies an individual as an Intermediate Skills Instructor.

With the solid foundation covered in the Ride Leader and Level 1 Fundamental Skills Instructor course you are ready to focus on developing your skills instruction. The skills portion of this course will add an additional 12 skills to your tool box.

Each move is broken down into basic steps including follow-through and safety notes. Much of this course focuses on error detection and correction, workig with you to improve your observation and how to effectivley communicate errors in the riders being taught.

Each student will be tested on their ability to demonstrate, teach, and provide feedback through error detection and corrections.

In order to pass the BICP Level 2 course, participants must demonstrate an understanding of the material, perform a suitable teaching simulation, and pass a written test.

A 3-day course that certifies an individual to teach advanced mountain bike skills.

Instructors will take their experiences from teaching the Level 1 and 2 material and expand on their demonstrations, skills analysis, and progressions, strategies and methods to enhance high-quality, reputable instructors.

The Level 3 course requires an expert level of personal riding ability. All pre-requisites for this course will be strictly enforced with no exceptions.

Each student will be tested on their ability to demonstrate, teach, and provide feedback through error detection and corrections.

In order to pass the BICP Level 3 course, participants must demonstrate an understanding of the material, perform a suitable teaching simulation, and pass a written test.

All BICP Level 1 and 2  instructors are required to re-certify in-person every four years. Recertification is essential for maintaining a level of quality and standards among all BICP certified instructors. BICP protocols such as recertification make this a leading training program that provides maximal credential value to instructors. Stay current with BICP training methods and maintain your esteemed certification!

This course will be a condensed version of your previous BICP Level 1 or 2 course. Be sure to pay attention to any new material, specific keywords and skill progressions. You may be asked to demonstrate teaching proficiency on any/ all of the skills presented in the manual. As of January 2020, new skills have been added to Level 1 and 2. We are continually improving and updating our certification standards, and some of our teaching language has been updated.

Expect a full day of training & testing for expiring BICP Level 1 and 2 certified instructors.  This instructor recertification course includes our most current materials such as updated key teaching points, static holds, demonstrations, and progressions.

Our Expectations: We expect to see that as a rider you have mastered the Fundamental Elements and can demonstrate and teach ANY of the Level 1 or 2 skills on your first attempt along with proper error detection and correction using positive critique. We will expect that you are comfortable and fluent with all current keywords and teaching points along with proper demonstrations and progressions performed using PLATFORM/FLAT PEDALS.

Each student will be tested on their ability to demonstrate, teach, and provide feedback through error detection and corrections.

In order to pass the BICP Level 1 or 2 courses, participants must demonstrate an understanding of the material, perform a suitable teaching simulation, and pass a written test.

All BICP instructors who recieved their certification prior to 2020 are encouaged to participate in this 1-day course. For Level 1 this course will be introduce stability and biomechanics, teaching stragety, site selection, goal setting, proper demonstrations, teaching points, key words, progressions, and error detection for a total of 16 skills. 

For Level 2 this course will introduce 7 new skills.

Be sure to pay attention to any new material, specific keywords and skill progressions. You may be asked to demonstrate teaching proficiency on any/ all of the skills presented in the manual.

Expect a full day of training & testing for expiring BICP Level 1 and 2 certified instructors.  This bridge course includes our most current materials such as updated key teaching points, static holds, demonstrations, and progressions.

Our Expectations: We expect to see that as a rider you have mastered the Fundamental Elements and can demonstrate and teach ANY of the Level 1 or 2 skills on your first attempt along with proper error detection and correction using positive critique. We will expect that you are comfortable and fluent with all current keywords and teaching points along with proper demonstrations and progressions performed using PLATFORM/FLAT PEDALS.

Each student will be tested on their ability to demonstrate, teach, and provide feedback through error detection and corrections.

In order to pass the BICP Level 1 or 2 course, participants must demonstrate an understanding of the material, perform a suitable teaching simulation, and pass a written test.

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