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BICP Level 1: Ride Guide and Fundamental Skills Instructor

November 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - November 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm


MiSCA is hosting a BICP Level 1 certification course November 22-24. Space is limited to 6 participants, so register fast if you’re interested in this training. Successful completion of this course exceeds the requirements for MiSCA Level 3 Coach. Details below are from the BICP website: https://icp.bike/level-1-certification/


Length: 2.25 days. The course includes a classroom portion, field practice, and practical exam.

Cost: $475.

The BICP Level 1 course offers hands-on training to prepare students for leading rides and mountain bike guiding in a group situation along with how to assess, demonstrate and instruct the fundamental skills. In addition to comprehensive training on the fundamental elements of mountain biking, Level 1 participants will create a foundation for future BICP training courses including personal riding skills, proper form, systematic methods, and terminology. 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 BICP instructors at clinics, camps, and events

Level 1 Pre-requisites:
– Current First Aid and CPR certificate
– Three or more years of mountain biking experience
– At least 18 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)
– Fluent in the English language including reading and speaking
– Wilderness First Aid certification strongly recommended

Level 1 Course Topics:
– Risk Management
– Leadership
– Group management
– Rider assessment through a pre-ride skills session
– Instruction principals
– Safety and etiquette
– The Ten Fundamental Elements of Mountain Biking:
— Neutral Position, Ready Position, & Ready State
— Bike/Body Separation
— Pedal Position
— Eye Movement
— Braking
— Steering
— Speed
— Gearing and Cadence
— Timing and Coordination
— Pressure Control

The Level 1 course now offers a section on creating teaching plans, plus an introduction to eight different skills. Once participants have completed their Level 1 evaluation, the BICP Instructor Trainer will take the group through a professional skills clinic. It offers participants a chance to receive world-class personal instruction and see how an instructional clinic is performed from start to finish. It is part of the introduction to instruction and prepares participants for the next level of certification with the BICP.

– Indoor Classroom location: Hometown Bicycles, 10595 E Grand River Ave, Brighton, MI 48116
– Outdoor location: Island Lake Recreation Area
– Inclement Weather Plan: Hometown Bicycles
– Closest Airport: Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport – Detroit, MI 48242

Lodging Information:
– Holiday Inn Express & Suites Brighton South – US 23 – 6910 Whitmore Lake Rd, Brighton, MI 48116

Bike Shop/ Rentals:
– Hometown Bicycles – 10595 E Grand River Ave, Brighton, MI 48116
– Motor City Bicycles – 9701 Village Pl Blvd, Brighton, MI 48139


November 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
November 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
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Heather McNamara, Director of Coaching


Island Lake State Recreation Area
12950 East Grand River Avenue
Brighton, MI 48116 United States
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