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Tour Manager – Guide – Ride Leader School

Our goal is clear, we aim to train and improve the level of professionalism of cycling tour managers, ride leaders, guides and non-cycling tour guides around the globe.

What You”ll Learn At Guide School?

  • Guiding 101 – The art of guiding.
  • The Guiding – Tour Bible.
  • Food Safety, Handling and Understanding Dietary Requirements
  • Hotels, Facilities and Services
  • Airports, Train Stations, Pick Up and Drop Offs
  • Bike Cleaning, Maintenance, Storage and Safety.
  • Vehicle and Equipment Maintenance, Storage and Safety.
  • Understanding Electronic GPS Devices, Analog and Digital Maps
  • Electronic Ride Route Creation
  • Cycling Health, Fitness and Training Programs
  • Group Safety, Dynamics and Psychology
  • Cycling Tour Customer Service
  • Bike Skills Coaching
  • Bike Fit and Setup
  • Social Media and Branding
  • Group Riding, Guide Roles, Lead Guide, Follow Guide
  • What To Do In An Emergency
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Safety Briefings, Public Speaking
  • Bike Technology, Industry News, Historical Knowledge
  • Cultural Immersion: Local Language, Country and Regional History
  • Understanding Local Food, Wine, Craft Beer, Cool Drinks, Snacks

The Courses:

  1. Introductory Guide:

    Safely perform duties as an assistant guide, assist as a ride leader, or provide support services and or driving for cycling or non-cycling groups of introductory, tourist level riders, on short day rides or tourism style day tours.

    Introduction Level:
    Bike maintenance
    Electronic route planning
    Bike navigation devices

    Course Duration: 2 Days

  2. Intermediate Guide:

    Guide, assist as a ride leader, or support services and or driving for cycling or non-cycling groups of introductory level riders on short day rides, tourism style day or multi-day tours.

    Intermediate Level:
    Bike maintenance
    Electronic route planning
    Bike navigation devices

    Course Duration: 2 Days

  3. Expert Guide:

    Head Guide or ride leader, assist with support services and or driving for cycling groups. Head guide on non-cycling groups or varied abilities, fitness range from introductory to expert level riders on day rides or multi-day tours.

    Expert Level:
    Bike maintenance
    Electronic route planning
    Bike navigation devices

    Course Duration: 2 Days

  4. Head Guide – Assitant Tour Manager:

    Deliver Head Guiding services and safely manage large or detailed 3, 4 or 5-star groups, corporate groups, individuals or large groups of guests and staff (no limits)
    Non-Cycling and Cycling guests of varied abilities, fitness and health, riders range from introductory to expert level for Road, Gravel or Mountain Bike.

    Tour duration: 1 day to 1-month style tours.
    Tour locations International, Multi-Lingual.

    Expert Level:
    Bike Maintenance: Bike Mechanic – Workshop level
    Electronic route planning
    Professional Level: Bike navigation devices:

    Course Duration: 3 Days

  5. Directeur Sportif – Tour Manager:

     5 Star Itinerary Planner, deliver and safely manage large or detailed 5-star groups, corporate groups, individuals or large groups of guests and international staff (no limits)

    Non-Cycling and Cycling guests of varied abilities, fitness and health, riders range from introductory to expert level for Road, Gravel, and or Mountain Bike tours.

    Tour duration: 1 day to 1-month style tours.
    Tour locations International, Multi-Lingual.

    Professional Level:
    Bike Maintenance – Bike Mechanic – Workshop level
    Electronic route planning
    Bike navigation devices:

    Course Duration: 3 Days

About You

  • Do you love cycling and want to become an international guide?
  •  Are you a:
    Introductory level – to former professional cyclists?
    Don’t be too concerned about where your physical cycling performance is currently at, we see physical performance as only one part of being a great guide.
  • Do you love customer service, like being outdoors and want to be involved in the bike industry?
  • Want to travel, ride your bike and get paid to do it?
  • You want to start a cycling tour or guiding business, but you are not sure where to start?

About Ride International:

We’ve been training and coaching the best cycling and non-cycling guides on the job since 2007. We identified the need to create the first international training school for tour managers, cycling & non-cycling guides and ride leaders.

How it came to be:

After years of operating international cycling tours and training staff, we thought it time to share our passion and knowledge to assist others to become great Ride Leaders, Cycling, or non-Cycling guides.

We’ve mentored, and trained scores of guides and ride leaders of varied nationalities over the years – There’s a good reason our guides and non-cycling guides are considered to be the very best in the world.

We offer levels from Introductory – Directeur Sportif, 5 Star Tour Manager. Each participant will pass through a rigorous training program on and off the bike to become an accredited International Cycling Guide.

We personally train and audit each guide individually, to our exacting – high international standard.

About Our Courses:

Each level of guide school is undertaken in core blocks, participants are required to complete each program to progress and achieve status at the chosen level.

Time allocated in each field may vary (we offer recognition of prior learning) according to the participant’s previous competency level, experience, expertise and training required to complete each course block.

Where Can You Attend Our Courses:

We host our School for Tour Managers – Guides in Melbourne, Australia and Europe (Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland or by request for individuals or groups)

GET IN TOUCH

To find out more about our Cycling, Non-Cycling guide and Ride Leader training schools, contact us by email or phone

Have a question about our Tour Manager or Guide School?

We’ve designed and hosted tours, trained managers and staff for cycling tours all over the world.

Let us know what you need and there’s a fair chance we can make it happen, we’d love to hear from you.

We are here to answer your questions via email, phone or video call.
Talk soon, ciao Pat and Grace Fitzpatrick

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