Course Details

Ride Manager

Ride Manager
The Ride Manager Award enables you to guide and run great bike sessions and rides for a variety of participants.


One day
You will need to be confident to ride on roads with low traffic
Low to moderate, the ride will be about 10 miles long
Confident to ride on roads with little traffic
4 to 6 per trainer
Integrated and low impact assessment
Qualified CTC Trainer

Key content

As a Ride Manager you can help others enjoy the benefits of cycling. There are two courses, this one (the traffic free Ride Manager course) and the Road Ride Manager course.

The course builds knowledge and skills so that by the end of this course you'll be able to independently manage and lead rides and session in contained areas such as parks and on site venues. The Ride Manager course gives you experience in managing a group of inexperienced riders in cycling and cycle use.

The difference is your level and experience. If you are an experienced road rider, you will easily fit into the Road Ride Manager course. Otherwise you may prefer the traffic free Ride Manager course.

If you need more advanced knowledge, consider either the Trail Mountain Bike Leader course or the National Standard Instructor course.

What next?

Some ride managers may go on to take the National Standard Instructor qualification.


Please contact the Courses & Training Helpline to find out if this course is available for booking: 01483 238 337

Course outcomes

During the course you will learn and demonstrate:

  • Assessing participants and helping improve their confidence
  • Different approaches to ride leading
  • Route planning
  • Reducing the likelihood of incidents and dealing with them if they do happen
  • Reviewing and reflecting on your rides

Of course, you won't necessarily be able to learn everything about ride leading in this course.  If you want or need to go beyond this, then progress on to the Road Ride Manager or Trail Mountain Bike Leader course

What you need

  • Be a confident rider to the level of Ride Supporter
  • A well-maintained bicycle
  • Interest in providing cycle rides and increasing participation
  • Have attempted to fix punctures.
  • Be at least 18 years of age. (It is a legal requirement to be 18 or over before you can be in charge of others.)

You may (but are not required to) also have:

  • Previous experience  in ride leading and / or leading groups in the outdoors
  • An understanding of the M-check (bicycle safety check)

Prerequisite courses


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