Level 1 Mountain Bike Leadership Award Leadership Training with British Cycling

Level 1 Mountain Bike Leadership Award Leadership Training with British Cycling

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British Cycling Level 1 Mountain Bike Leadership is a site specific award designed specifically for organisations such as outdoor education centres.

The aim of this award is to upskill members of staff to a standard that enables them to lead introductory level mountain bike rides on a set route (or routes) they have been trained on and who therefore do not require a high level of route planning and navigation skills.

This fully comprehensive one day course features:

  • Essential leader equipment.
  • Effective puncture repairs.
  • Equipment set-up and safety checks.
  • Fundamental mountain bike techniques.
  • Bike games.
  • Effective group management for a flowing journey.
  • Accident and emergency procedures.

Being a site-specific course, the organisations’ existing procedures such as Emergency Action Procedures are incorporated into the training giving leaders all the skills necessary to operate in their specific environment.


The assessment for this course will be ongoing throughout the day. Upon successful completion of the required criteria staff will be signed off by the tutor. This will enable them to lead rides on the site specific route with a maximum of eight riders to one Level 1 Mountain Bike Leader.


What do candidates need to bring on the course?

Candidates must bring appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather conditions. Unless they have their own equipment, bikes and helmets should be supplied by their organisation.

Do candidates need to know the site specific Mountain Bike route before they go on the course?

Yes. Everyone training at Level 1 is required to have ridden the specific route on which they will be trained.

Will there be a formal qualification at the end of the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will receive a certificate and be awarded with the British Cycling Level 1 Mountain Bike leadership status.

What happens if someone doesn’t get signed off on the day of the course?

Those who do not fulfil all the required criteria, should continue to develop their skills under the guidance of an appropriately qualified member of staff within the organisation (at least British Cycling Level 2 qualified), who will be able to sign them off at a later stage.

What if someone wants to work and lead mountain bike rides somewhere else? Can they still use the qualification?

Leaders at Level 1 can use their qualification to work for other organisations provided they receive a site-specific induction by an appropriately trained member of staff, such as the senior instructor. Ideally this person should hold a British Cycling Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership qualification.

It is important to note that British Cycling’s professional indemnity insurance is not applicable for Level 1 leaders as they are not trained to lead their own rides and plan their own routes. Level 1 leaders always work under for an organisation and their work has to fall under the insurance cover of that organisation.

Contact us

Tel: 0161 274 2063
Email: mtbleadership@britishcycling.org.uk