HOW TO BE A BIKE TOUR LEADER
Do LOVE cycling?
Do you LOVE to discover new, amazing routes?
Do you LOVE to share awesome experiences?
If the answer to these questions is YES, then you would LOVE being a Cycle Tours NSW Tour Guide!
If you want to learn how to be a bike tour leader, Cycle Tours NSW has options to suit most levels or experience and time availability. There are two broad classifications of Guides; Club Guides and Pro Guides.
Club Guides work on a volunteer basis for the sheer love of cycling and sharing the discovery!
Club Guides help support groups participating in the "Community of Club" rides. Everyone has busy lives, so each guide participates in accordance with their personal availability and in events that suit them, and can also specify locations that they can specialise in and travel too. It's all about having FUN!
Pro Guides are paid on a time-basis, are proven professionals recruited from the very best of our Club Guides and support sponsored rides for our paying customers.
Guides' responsibilities increase with experience through 6 different levels, described in broad terms further down.
All guides must grow through the levels starting from level 1 in order to gain the appropriate experience required to ensure the safety of all participating riders and our customers. All guides must carry appropriate riders insurance.
All Guides are responsible for rider safety, including assisting riders with mechanical issues, tyre changes and medical emergencies. (Where requested by the client, funded tours also include safety vehicles equipped with emergency medical support.)
LEVEL 1: CLUB GUIDE
As a Club Guide you will assist Pack Guides in cycle group management, ensuring safety of all riders in the group, chatting with riders, sharing your experience and ensuring they have an enjoyable ride.
LEVEL 2 - CLUB PACK LEAD AND SWEEPER
As a Pack Lead, your job is to lead a group of riders. You will have strong pack-riding experience, sound knowledge of the route and be able to clearly signal to all riders navigation, road obstacles, points of safety and general communication. You will jointly be responsible for rider safety through clear and timely road navigation "calls" along with the Sweeper.
As a Sweeper, you will be responsible for ensuring all riders towards the back of the pack are accounted for, help "tow" struggling riders, call out approaching traffic from the rear, appropriate lane changes etc..
LEVEL 3 - CLUB RIDE LEADER
As a Ride Leader you will be responsible for an entire ride, which may be made up of multiple packs. You will communicate with other pack leaders to ensure that the overall ride runs to plan, meeting on time at appropriate rendezvous points and all extra-curricular arrangements work to plan, including catering etc when required.
The following levels are reserved for client-sponsored rides and have the same responsibilities as the above. However, Guides are paid for their time.
Level 4 - Pro-Ride Guide
Level 5 - Pro-Pack Leader and Sweeper
Level 6 - Pro-Ride Leader