Tour Leader

Four people are cycling along a quiet country road. All are wearing Cycling UK-branded T-shirts
Plan and lead multi-stage rides at home or abroad

Course outcomes

This course builds and develops your skills, training you to:

  • Prepare for tours and rides
  • Understand equipment requirements, checking for suitability
  • Pre-ride routes and follow previously prepared route information
  • Ensure participants’ riding abilities and help them develop
  • Manage groups
  • Perform roadside maintenance and repairs
  • Navigate
  • Deal with riders’ needs for food, drink and rest
  • Deal with emergencies
  • Reduce our environmental impact

Key content

Leading and guiding cycling holidays and tours requires specific skills, competencies and qualities to ensure that events are properly prepared for, run according to plan and time schedule and minimise the opportunities for incidents, as well as being able to deal with them if they do occur.


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The Tour Leader course equips you well to lead cycle touring.

The Mountain Bike Expedition Module will extend your Tour Leader qualification to include overnight camping trips under your technical remit.

Further qualifications allow you to explore other specialisms, such as Cycling UK’s Mountain Bike Trail Leader course.

For first aid course details please see Cycle courses and training.

Course details

3 days
Road and highways (not necessarily tarmac)
Fitness level
Group size
Minimum number of attendees: 6 / Maximum number of attendees: 7
Full course: £2,361