Experienced Consultancy and Technical Advice

consultation services

Real World Riding is able to apply a pragmatic and developmental approach to consultation on arranging biking activity for groups and individuals, as well as Technical Advice on Mountain biking, Mountaineering, Canoeing, and safeguarding. With over 20 years of experience in Outdoor Education including centre management, and 4 years' in Scottish tourism,  Real World Riding can be a valuable addition to your team.

A CV is available on request via the Contact Us page.

Resources Available

  • 'The Mountain Biking Centre' - a complete centre operating profile that can be tailored to any operation to provide you with all the resources you need.
  • Sample Risk Assessments and Policies including staff training resources
  • Service Level Agreements for Technical advice and support
  • Observation Forms
  • Skills recording Matrix

Rates vary according to your needs and the size of your operation

Please outline your requirements on the contact form.

Real World Consultancy offers a service to complement your operation providing help and advice based upon over 2 decades of work in the outdoors with Adults, teenagers, and young people, in a range of environments. In addition to Residential Outdoor Education we offer experience in tourism, skills training and development.

In addition to a range of higher level of National Governing Body Qualifications related to coaching and/or activity in the mountains offered, advice is backed up by biking experience across a range of areas as well as some of the more wacky stuff including Enduro racing, and events.

past and present clients

Metro Outdoors - Technical Advisor - ongoing advice on Mountain biking, observation of staff, technical advice.

Oakfield School - Technical Advisor - implementation of new mountain bike provision including passout system, all paperwork and staff training. Ongoing support in implementation

East Renfrew Council DofE provision - on-call for technical advice for AALS Licence

About Steve Mackenzie & real world riding

 RWR brings together over 20 years experience working in the outdoors, with 15 of these specifically working with mountain biking activity for personal development, during which time I ran a non-residential outdoor education unit based in Glasgow. 

I currently operate Real World Riding running guided trips and coaching adult and young riders, and supporting organisations operating Mountain Biking and off road cycling. I manage a youthwork award (www.mslfla.org) for The Outward Bound Trust (I also sit on the Trust's Risk Management Committee). I Lecture at The University of the Highlands and Islands in Safe Practice in the Outdoors, and I also freelance for Cycling Scotland.

My relationship with the client is a key part of the work of RWR whether they be a teenager getting into enduro, a teacher setting up riding in their school, or an outdoor provider wishing to extend their range of activity.

Biking is the main focus for my work, and I hold a PGCE in Outdoor Activities, a Certificate in Youthwork Practice, and APIOL. I have various business and management awards, Level 3 Canoe and Sea Kayak coach, and Mountain Instructor's Award. My wealth of experience in these environments  comes in surprisingly useful when biking - wading through rivers or scrambling through crags, or navigating off mountains in the mist!