Leadership Training

Share the joy of bicycling

Become a 5BBC Leader

Do you enjoy interacting with people, exploring and creating new bike routes, promoting bicycling and do you want a great way to give back to the Club and the bicycling community? Then becoming a 5BBC Bike Leader is for you.

The 5BBC Leadership Course will teach you how to organize and run both day and weekend trips.

You will learn:

  • map reading
  • ride planning
  • cycling safety
  • group dynamics
  • decision-making
  • developing your leadership style
  • many other skills that go into making yourself a leader

The course, taught by experienced 5BBC leaders, combines classroom instruction with practical riding experience. You do not have to be a strong or fast rider or bicycle repair guru to take the course. That is not what the course is about – it is about leadership. It is strongly recommended that you be able to ride for the better part of a day and be comfortable riding with a group. If you have not ridden with us before, you should definitely go on several 5BBC rides to become familiar with how typical Club rides take place. (If you are not a member of the 5BBC and wish to take the class, you must become a member.)

The Leadership class consists of 4 evening indoor classes, 3 days trips, and a weekend trip. To become a leader you have to attend 3 of 4 classes, 2 of the 3 rides, and the weekend. The dates this year are:

    indoor classes - 9/7,14,28 and 10/12 Thursdays from 6PM-9PM

    rides   -              9/17,27, and 10/15  Sundays  approximately 9AM-4PM

   weekend -         10/20-22                   Friday noon till Sunday 5PM leaving returning via van from either the village or LIC.


The initial cost is $15 and is due by September 1st. It will be used to cover your share of the class costs (the remainder will be covered by the Club) and it will insure that a place in the class is reserved for you. Both our classroom space in Manhattan and our lodging space in Columbia are limited and signups will be honored on a first come/first admitted basis. The cost of the weekend trip is  $50.00 (this includes transportation for you and your bike to Columbia County, two nights lodging,  two breakfasts, two trail lunches and one dinner) and is payable by the second class. Register here by September 1st. 

For more information, contact leadership@5bbc.org