I initially undertook my Level 2 MTB Leadership award at the age of 75. However age interfered and I was unable to complete the assessment day.
During lockdown I met Bobbie while out on the hills. While we soon discovered that we had a similar ambition to share with others the advantages of e-bike technology, our backgrounds are quite different. Bobbie (age 65) is a retired motor vehicle engineer who was a successful rally driver with a string of successes to his credit. As we ride around together he often points out locations where he has raced (and crashed) various very expensive and high powered cars!!
We were, however, joined in our passion to persuade those folks who were keen to explore our local hills and glens but were dissuaded because they were not cyclists or considered themselves too old, lacking in fitness or the confidence to stray on to the paths less travelled. This of course required a qualification. Seeking advice from Graeme Mclean led to Christine Fox in your team who explained the opportunities of the FUNMBL and pointed me in the direction of Cycle Wild Scotland to undertake my training.
So here I am.
We initially intended to run a guiding business, however circumstances have changed and the idea has been parked indefinitely. The ethos that Bobbie and I discovered remains the same. To introduce folks to the joys of off-road riding no matter their experience, fitness, age or skill level.
As a life long mountaineer and lover of wild places I recognise that as folks discover the ability of e-bikes, there is a danger of overestimating their ability and underestimating the weather, conditions etc. I would much sooner provide some training and ensure the “e-bike smile” remains on their face.
I will continue to do this on an ad-hoc basis Free to all!