Leadership Training - Massachusetts

Trip Dates:
Sep 21, 2015 -- Sep 24, 2015
Littleton, MA
Booking Status:

Adventure Cycling’s Leadership Training Course (LTC) is designed for experienced bicycle travelers who wish to learn our philosophy of leadership and how it applies to self-contained and supported bicycle tours. Participants will spend four days with our road-savvy leaders exploring the dynamics of outdoor leadership, the hows and whys of group motivation, and successful conflict resolution. We’ll also discuss bicycle repair, camping how-tos, food preparation, chore rotation, cycling safety, and more.

Your LTC experience will be beneficial regardless of how you end up using the knowledge and skills you’ll gain. Some attendees wish to form their own tour companies while others simply hope to acquire expertise in organizing and leading club rides or bike adventures with friends. Participants are sometimes seeking new perspectives for their workplaces or to hone personal leadership and relationship skills. Whatever your goals, this course offers opportunities for serious introspection and self-evaluation as you discover what it takes to be an effective outdoor leader. (Prospective Adventure Cycling tour leaders must complete this course. Those who take the LTC with the goal of becoming an Adventure Cycling tour leader should have some prior bike-touring experience).

Start Date: Sep 21, 2015 End Date: Sep 24, 2015
Start Location: Littleton, MA End Location: Littleton, MA
Total Days: 4 Miles: 60
Surface: Paved Riders: 20
Airport: Logan International (BOS) Tour Leader: Tammy Schurr
Meals: Shared cooking Accommodations: Indoor
Type: Education Physical Difficulty: Beginner
Level of Support: Education Cost: $529.00

Day 1

We'll get things underway at 4:00 p.m. After saying our hellos and giving personal introductions, the course staff will present an overview of the coming days. You'll begin to understand why you're going to find this course personally relevant, regardless of whether you harbor hopes of leading an Adventure Cycling cross-country tour or simply want to hone your personal leadership skills.

Day 2

After an early breakfast prepared by the staff, we’ll jump into the day’s agenda, covering Adventure Cycling tour-specific leadership, bicycle safety and group touring techniques, and public relations on the road. After lunch, during which we’ll discuss nutritional requirements and get a demonstration of the safe use of camp stoves, we’ll bicycle to a nearby grocery store to stock up on food for our next few meals. We’ll get back to our base in time for the evening’s designated cooks to prepare the group meal, while non-cooks can take an optional bike ride. After dinner, we’ll break into small groups to talk about tour logistics, planning, and administration.

Day 3

After another hearty breakfast, it’s time for role-playing exercises and a discussion of group dynamics, how to improve them, and how to use them to your favor as a leader. Later in the day, we’ll discuss group cooking and camping equipment, and delve into repairs on the road. After another ride, we’ll all enjoy dinner prepared by the afternoon’s designated cooks before we regroup to learn about map meetings and on-the-road navigation. We’ll close the evening with the always entertaining Leadership Training Course talent show.

Day 4

Following our final breakfast together and another role-playing session with our advisors, we’ll conduct a group awards ceremony. Before we all bid farewell to our fellow Future Tour Leaders of America, each participant will have a chance to meet with an instructor to receive an evaluation and invaluable feedback, especially important if you plan to lead future Adventure Cycling tours. 

"I loved learning directly from other tour leaders about how to run Adventure Cycling tours! It was great meeting the leaders and other tour participants and inspiring each other to lead and do bike tours!"

2014 Tour Participant

"The learning experience was my goal, the leadership was excellent, the fun was a plus!"

2013 Tour Participant

"I appreciated the opportunity to see the variety of reasons that leaders and staff are associated with ACA. I also enjoy ed hearing the history of ACA from Greg and having the opportunity to meet and talk to Jim and Arlen, in addition to getting to know the personal background of each of the tour leaders."

2013 Tour Participant

"Can I do this? Yes I can!"

2008 Tour Participant

Photo by Greg Siple