Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award

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The Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award enables experienced mountain bikers to safely guide others on off-road terrain, thus spreading the bug that we all know, is impossible to shake.

British Cycling, Scottish Cycling and Welsh Cycling

Course overview

The Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award is the entry point for most aspirant mountain bike leaders, enabling them to use their experience to safely guide others on off-road terrain. The award is ideal for anyone with experience in mountain biking, who is either working in the outdoor sector, volunteering at a club or simply has a personal interest in gaining additional skills. These skills can be used to go out on a mountain bike, be safe and have fun.

A practical assessment will follow after a consolidation period agreed with your tutor. This allows sufficient time for you to hone all those new skills and knowledge you have obtained during training.

Course content

The course covers a wide variety of topics including:

  • planning and delivery of appropriate rides or your group
  • leading techniques for effective group management
  • map reading and navigation for a flowing journey
  • management of accidents and emergency situations
  • equipment set-up and trailside repairs
  • core mountain bike techniques.

Dates and venues



To attend the training you will need to:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have mountain biking experience in a variety of terrain and weather conditions.
  • Be competent in the techniques and skills required to safely negotiate the typical trail features encountered at this level of award. As a general guide this is comparable to red-graded purpose-built trails. We strongly encourage learners to conduct some riding and navigation outside of a trail centre environment in preparation for training and assessment.
  • Hold a current two-day outdoor First Aid certificate (this can be undertaken at a later date, but ideally is submitted shortly after assessment). For further details on context and outdoor industry best practice guidelines please see the Institute of Outdoor Learning’s Outdoor First Aid Training Framework
  • You will need to provide your tutor with logbook evidence of having undertaken a minimum number of rides in the appropriate terrain within the last 6-12 months. A logbook will be sent to you upon registering for the awards. We strongly encourage learners to conduct some riding and navigation outside of a trail centre environment in preparation for training and assessment.

Candidates must have an appropriate level of physical fitness for a day’s riding in the level 2 leading environment. This is as follows:

  • is rideable at walking speed
  • is rollable on descents so that wheels are not required to leave the ground
  • has an obvious line choice
  • is 90% rideable by the entire group
  • is no more than half an hour’s walk from where an ambulance can get to
  • the maximum leader-to-rider ratio should not exceed 1:8
  • is during daylight in normal summer and intermediate seasonal conditions.


Assessment for the Level 2 Award consists of a practical assessment and a written assignment.

Practical assessment

The practical assessment consists of an all-day mountain bike journey during which each candidate will be assigned to lead a section of the assessment route of up to 10km. You will be expected to deliver a flowing journey whilst demonstrating good leadership and navigational skills.

Written assignment

The written assignment is an open book home study task and comprises of a range of short answer questions. This task is based on the information included in the Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Handbook and other resources provided on the course. This will be sent to you by your assessment tutor after you have booked your place on an assessment.

Registration with British Cycling’s Mountain Bike Leadership Programme

Prior to booking onto a training course you need to pay a one-off cost to register with British Cycling’s MTB Leadership Programme.

We will then provide you with the training manual, log book and free Ride Membership valid for one year. If you do not regularly work with young people or do not have evidence of completing safeguarding training, we will provide log in details for an online learning programme ‘Child Protection Awareness in Sport and Active Leisure’. A free link to this online safeguarding training course is included in the cost of registration and is made available upon request.

If you have already completed safeguarding training and assessment, you should send a copy of your certificate to mtbleadership@britishcycling.org.uk. Alternatively, if you regularly work with young people, a letter from the organisation you work for verifying you competency in a safeguarding role also satisfies this requirement.

Cost of qualification

The awards are delivered by licenced tutors, please contact individual providers for course and assessment costs.

How do I book?

The awards are delivered by licenced tutors, please contact individual providers for course and assessment dates.


Contact British Cycling regarding the MTB Leadership Award

Email Mountain Bike Leadership

Tel: 0161 274 2063

If you feel that you might need additional support to undertake either a training course or an assessment because of a physical or learning disability and would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments that would support you to become a Mountain Bike Leader then please contact the Mountain Bike Leadership team at British Cycling before booking on to a training course to discuss your needs.