Mountain Bike Leadership Awards overview

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Great Britain provides a stunning backdrop to our MTB Leadership Awards. The skills of effective Leadership are outlined through practical and engaging training at some of the best outdoor venues throughout the country.

British Cycling, Scottish Cycling and Welsh Cycling

There are currently three forms of qualification:

  • Centre Accreditation and the Level 1 Award provide an industry standard for Outdoor Activity Centres.
  • The Level 2 and Level 3 Awards are for aspiring individuals who want to share a passion for mountain biking with others as a qualified Leader.

Outdoor Centre Accreditation and Level 1

Outdoor Centre Accreditation and the Level 1 Award are site-specific and are designed for organisations such as Outdoor Activity Centres, Colleges or Trail Centres. The aim of this award is to upskill members of staff or volunteers, either from a basic level of MTB proficiency or from 'in-house' training. The Level 1 leaders will be trained to a standard that enables them to lead introductory level mountain bike rides on limited pre-determined routes in a safe and enjoyable environment.

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Level 2

The Level 2 Award enables experienced mountain bikers to safely guide riders through mountainous terrain and provide them with a great day out.

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 lead a ride on a mountain bike, be safe and have fun.

Mountainous terrain is not always simple – and nor should it be – and when operating in the great outdoors it is crucial that a mountain bike leader is properly trained and qualified to deal with all eventualities. The Level 2 qualification provides expert advice to enable you to be confident as a leader in a variety of terrain, while allowing you the freedom to tailor rides to suit you and your group’s needs

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Level 3

The Level 3 Award is aimed at qualified mountain bike leaders, who wish to extend their remit to include remote terrain and trails of severe technical difficulty. The award also focuses on group management in technical terrain, navigation in challenging mountain conditions with few navigational features and incident management in remote environments.

This qualification is provided at very select centres around the UK positioned in ideally suited locations with great facilities and exceptional wild terrain.

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Contact British Cycling regarding the MTB Leadership Award

If you feel you might need extra support to undertake a training course or assessment because of a physical or learning disability, please contact the Mountain Bike Leadership Team ahead of booking. We can then  discuss any reasonable adjustments that would support you to become a Mountain Bike Leader.

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