Level 3 Mountain Bike Leadership Award

Level 3 Mountain Bike Leadership Award

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The Level 3 Mountain Bike Leadership Award helps you capitalise on your Mountain Bike Leadership skills and experience to take groups on more technically demanding and remote rides. 

This award is for recognised Level 2 Mountain Bike Leaders (or approved alternative qualification or direct pathway learners), who wish to extend their remit to include remote terrain and trails of severe technical difficulty and navigation in challenging mountain conditions. 

The course covers topics such as detailed planning and ride preparation, group management in remote terrain and mountain weather, trailside repairs, advanced navigation skills, risk management, nutrition and hydration.

What does the course include? 

  • Three-day training course,  
  • Two-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 days. The maximum time to complete your award is 18months. 

How much does it cost? 

The total cost ranges from £562.00-£755.00 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): £295.00-£350.00 
  • Assessment day: £190.00-£285.00 

What do I need to be able to register? 

  • The minimum age to attend a course is 18 years old and you must hold the Level 2 MTB Leadership Award, Trail Cycle Leader Award or fulfil the requirements of the direct entry pathway. 
  • 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 black-graded purpose-built trails, but will primarily be natural trails.  
  • On or prior to your training day you will need to provide evidence of 30 quality rides in wild, mountain terrain in the last 18 months, including at least 12 rides leading groups. We have a free online Logbook that can be downloaded or printed.

What else do I need to do to achieve the Award?

In order for your award to be accredited in addition to successful completion of your course, you are required to:

Safeguarding Requirements for Scotland

These can occur after your Fundamentals of Mountain Bike Leadership course, but your award will only be provided on receipt and acceptance of these.

How do I register and book on a course? 

You only need to register for the MTB Leadership programme once therefore if you have completed the Level 2 award, you do not need to register again. If you have previously been a British Cycling member you must renew your Ride membership before registering for the programme.

The training and assessment days are delivered by our licenced providers. Please contact the relevant provider directly and book on to a course. 

For direct entry please contact the Provider before booking to discuss your specific learner pathway.

Level 3 Training Dates & Venues

Provider Location Practical Dates Online Booking
 Pedal MTB  Coed y Brenin  20th, 21st & 22nd May 2022  Book
 Wye MTB  Wye Valley/ Black Mountains  23rd, 24th & 25th May 2022  Book
 PYB  Plas y Brenin  10th, 11th & 12th June 2022  Book
 Glenmore Lodge  Aviemore, Inverness-shire  22nd, 23rd & 24th June 2022  Book
 Pedal MTB  Coed y Brenin  19th, 20th 21st August 2022  Book
 Ridelines  Innerleithen  19th, 20th & 21st September 2022  Book
 Wye MTB  Wye Valley/ Black Mountains  26th, 27th & 28th September 2022  Book
 Glenmore Lodge Aviemore, Inverness-shire  28th, 29th & 30th September 2022  Book
 Cycle Wild Scotland  Aviemore  18th, 19th & 20th October 2022  Book
 Pedal MTB  Coed y Brenin  14th, 15th & 16th October 2022  Book
 Wye MTB  Wye Valley/ Black Mountains  28th, 29th & 30th November 2022  Book

Level 3 Assessment Dates & Venues


Provider Location Assessment Dates Online Booking

 Glenmore Lodge

  Aviemore 16th & 17th July 2022


 Pedal MTB  Coed y Brenin  23rd & 24th July 2022  Book
 Glenmore Lodge  Aviemore 20th & 21st August 2022


 Pedal MTB  Coed y Brenin  22nd & 23rd October 2022  Book
 Wye MTB  Brecon Beacons  7th & 8th September 2022  Book
 Ridelines  Innerleithen  12th & 13th September 2022  Book
 Glenmore Lodge  Aviemore  26th & 27th September 2022  Book
 PYB  Plas y Brenin  1st & 2nd October 2022  Book
 Wye MTB  Brecon Beacons  3rd & 4th October 2022  Book
 Cycle Wild Scotland  Aviemore  25th & 26th October 2022  Book

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.

If there is no course available nearby, please complete our short form to express interest. This will help us to plan for future courses and let you know when a nearby date has been added.

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