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

Cost: $495 USD for current IMBA members. $550 for non-IMBA members. Course prices are for U.S. events only.
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The IMBA ICP 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 ICP 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 rides in a professional, systematic and safe manor
  • 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 ICP 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
  • 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
  • Group management
  • Rider assessment through a pre-ride skills session
  • Instruction principals
  • Safety and etiquette