Jim Riach - Scottish Mountain Bike Leaders Association
Jim Riach is the Education, Training and Active Living Manager for Cycling Scotland leading on a range of initiatives to develop the cycling workforce, create progressions for cyclists to reach their potential and develop programmes to utilise cycling as an option for "Active Living" in Scotland. Principally this involves developing courses for instructors and those designing, developing and implementing cycling infrastructure. Cycling Scotland is a national agency promoting all aspects of cycling in Scotland.
Jim is a member of the UK National Cycle Training Standards Board, Road Safety Scotland's Safe Cycle Working Group and the Scottish Mountain Safety Forum. Jim is a founder member of the Scottish Mountain Bike Leader Association having developed and delivered the original courses. There has now been in the region of 5200 candidates enrolling in the scheme. Jim continues his involvement as a tutor and Secretary of the Scheme.
Jim was the lead officer for Scottish Cycling for a period of 15 years from 1989 to 2004. As an official he has worked on many International Events including MTB World Cup Events, and as a coach and team manager with the Scotland Team at road, track and MTB events. Jim is a Coach Educator with British Cycling and has delivered Coach Education courses for the Union Cycliste International (UCI) as part of Olympic Solidarity Programme in places such as Borneo.
Formerly an international cyclist on the road and latterly in mountain biking Jim's cycling passion currently lies with mountain biking in wild places and spending time with a young family camping, walking and just being outdoors. He has cycled almost daily for the last 35 years as a commuter, racer, mountain biker or on family cycle rides.
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