Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award

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The Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award is the entry point for experienced mountain bikers wanting to use their experience to safely guide others on off-road terrain.  

The award is ideal for anyone, who is either working in the outdoor sector, volunteering at a club, looking to start up their own lead MTB rides or simply has a personal interest in gaining additional skills.  

The course covers topics such as planning and delivery of rides, leading techniques for effective group management, map reading and navigation, management of accidents and emergencies, equipment set-up, trailside repairs and core mountain bike techniques. 


What does the course include? 

  • Two-day training course 

  • One-day Practical and written assessment with a British Cycling accredited provider.  

 The assessment is to be booked once you’ve had enough time to hone the skills and knowledge you have obtained on your training day. The maximum time to complete your award is 18months.  

How much does it cost? 

The total cost ranges from £367.00-£520.00 depending on the provider delivering your training. Costs breakdown:

  • Registration fee with British Cycling: £77.00 

  • British Cycling Membership (minimum ride): £43.00 

  • Training course (2 days):  £195.00-£250.00 

  • Assessment day:£95.00-£150.00 

What do I need to be able to register? 

  • The minimum age to attend a course is 18 years old and you must have mountain biking experience in various terrains and weather conditions.  

  • An appropriate level of physical fitness for a day’s riding is essential to be competent in the techniques and skills required to safely negotiate the typical trail features, generally comparable to red-graded purpose-built trails.  

  • On or prior to your training day you will need to provide evidence of recent rides in appropriate terrain (we recommend a minimum of 15 quality rides; four rides should be 4 hours or more in duration). We have an online Logbook that can be downloaded or printed if needed. 

  • You are required to attend and evidence a two-day outdoor First Aid course on completion of your Assessment. 

How do I register and book on a course? 

If you have previously been a British Cycling member you must renew your Ride membership before registering with the MTB Leadership programme. 

Training and Assessment days are delivered by our licenced providers.  

Please contact the relevant provider directly and book on to a course once you have registered.  

Further information 

If you need extra support to undertake this course because of a physical or learning disability contact our team to discuss any reasonable adjustments that would support you. 

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