I wondered if there are any qualified guides on here who've done any of the equivalents of the new British Cycling qualification and are making any money out of it?
I did a Trail Cycle Leader award earlier this year - basically the same thing Chipps and Dave did for their piece. It was only ever meant to bring in a bit of secondary income. Get paid to ride, I thought.
I've been quite surprised by the lack of demand for guided riding. I put together a reasonable website, got a bit of interest in various blogs designed to draw folk to the site, put myself about on social media and built up a decent twitter following. Still, there doesn't seem to be much demand. At the same time, I see companies offering these courses getting booked out week after week.
Are the instructors the only ones making any money out of the qualifications?
Is there anyone else out there who is making it pay?
Once you've factored in the cost of joining the training scheme, and joining British Cycling, and doing a first aid course, you don't get much change out of four or five hundred quid to qualify. I'm beginning to wonder if the money would have been better set aside for the next bike!
Interested to hear others' experiences...