Cycle Wild Scotland is now into its 19th successful year as the popularity of mountain biking continues to grow worldwide. The driving force behind the company is Jules Fincham.
As director and head tutor of Cycle Wild Scotland, Jules is one of the top MTB coaches in the UK. Known as the coaches’ coach, he is passionate about passing on leadership, coaching and biking skills to new generations of bikers.
A tutor with British and Scottish Cycling, he was closely involved in the creation of the British Cycling awards, the gold standard in mtb leader qualifications.
Jules is also a tutor for Cycling Scotland, a Scottish Government initiative to encourage biking in all its forms. The scheme provides a suite of awards, including Bikeability Scotland and GO MTB, a multi-level proficiency awards system for mountain bikers.
When he isn’t training and assessing mtb guides and instructors, Jules runs leadership development courses for the joint services. As a founding member and a long-serving coach with Wolfpax MTB Club he is more than a little proud that the club has fostered the talents of a new generation of top mountain bike racers and leaders including Jamie Edmondson.
With his experience of all aspects of coaching, management and development, Jules is also much in demand as a technical advisor on biking for public and private sector organisations.
Chris was at one-time a student of Jules – he attended the course on a borrowed bike. From those humble beginnings to now, Chris has become one of the most active mountain bike guides in the UK and across the world, having amassed a huge number of miles from the remote mountains of Scotland, to the Himalayas, and High Atlas.
Now a British Cycling tutor and assessor, Chris is a guide who trains the guides. Extremely passionate about pushing the mountain bike guiding industry forward, he is working to shape the future of MTB leadership qualifications.
Also an experienced bike mechanics tutor, Chris can advise and train others on everything from equipment to indexing, to coaching and big mountain guiding.
Lisa is the desk jockey and occasional caterer of the business but she’s happy to advise on the different courses and also on practical matters for your trip. As long as things don’t get too technical she should be able to help you with any questions or concerns you might have about the different awards and the courses we run. As Keeper of the Cycle Wild Scotland Diary, she can also help with logistics and programming.
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